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Re-did my leather armrests today. Learn from my mistake

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by macgyver, May 30, 2010.

  1. May 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM
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    macgyver

    macgyver [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I decided to re-do my leather armrests today. I installed my leather back in november and the everything looked awesome until it started getting hot outside and the leather I installed on the armrests started separating from the door panel. My guess is the glue I used wasn't strong enough to hold the bond in the heat. (dont use the permatex headliner spray adhesive like I did)

    Today I pulled the door panels off, peeled the old stuff off, and re-did them. I actually wanted to try something else this time by adding a little padding. I went to Jo-ann fabrics this morning and bought a yard of black vinyl/pleather and a yard of headliner foam. I also went to home depot and bought a can of 3M Super 80 spray adhesive.

    Here are some of the steps:

    Here are a few pics of the leather peeling off the door panel. Quite embarrassing because I'm very much a stickler for doing something right the first time, I blame the shitty glue. (yes I followed the directions on the glue, I have done contact cement and spray adhesive a thousand times before)

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    Here is the shitty glue that you shouldn't use because it looses its bond when it gets hot.
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    Here's the good glue I have used in the past for all sorts of projects...should have just bought this in the first place :(
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    Door panel removed
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    Headliner foam
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    Headliner foam bonded to the door panel insert and excess material trimmed off with a razor blade
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    Then spraying glue on the insert with foam already glued and spraying glue on the back of the vinyl. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes then bond the two surfaces together. Roll out bubbles with your hand and a roller starting from the inside curve outwards. Be careful and bond the inside curve first, keeping the vinyl off the foam then working your way outwards.
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    Finished product of new vinyl with foam padding and the good 3m glue.
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    Notice the padding :D
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    Driver's side rear door done.
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    My helper for the day, my golden retriever Chewy. He basically just layed on the cool garage floor all day with the fan blowing on him.
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    So the moral of the story is...don't buy the shitty permatex glue. Also I probably should have done this originally which is to not trim off all the excess. This time I left a good 1" of material on the insert piece to allow any expansion and contraction of the material and not show a seam.
     
  2. May 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    tdels14

    tdels14 Well-Known Member

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    looks good man, well done, hopefully doing mine in a few weeks. did you do the center consol as well?
     
  3. May 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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    macgyver

    macgyver [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I will be doing the center console next weekend. Its gonna require a little sewing to get the seam right. My mom has an industrial sewing machine and I will be down there visiting for my little sis' graduation so hopefully I will have time to make the center console part too.
     
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