DIY: Re-wrap your 2GS Center Armrest! - Club Lexus Forums

Log In 

DIY: Re-wrap your 2GS Center Armrest!

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-26-11, 07:11 PM   #1
SZA
Registered User
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 156
Default DIY: Re-wrap your 2GS Center Armrest!

Hey guys/gals,

Im new here, but iv owned my 1999 GS300 for just about 5 years now. By far, the best car iv ever owned. It has never let me stranded nor gave me any issues. I just recently crossed over the 150k mark and some parts of my interior are showing clear signs of wear. I took care of everything quite easily but i could not find a practical solution for repairing my worn, torn, dirty center armrest. I didnt want to pay the $550 that i was quoted from my Lexus dealer, and i didnt want to buy a used one either. So i search around untill i found a pretty decent looking leather cover replacement for $37 on ebay of all places. I looked on CL and couldnt find much information/feedback on it but i bought it anyway. I thought to myself,"eh, it cant look any worse than my armrest looks now and in only out $37".

When it came in the mail a couple days later, i was surprised to see that it was in fact GENUINE 100% leather and the color match was damn near perfect. I was initially very pleased with my $37 purchase.

I searched and could not find much of DIY for this so i thought to myself that i would give it a shot on my own. I took some pictures of the process and procedures i used but obviously you can do things a bit differently to suit your needs.

On the instuctions that came with the leather cover, it states that it should take about half an hour to perform this swap but in reality it may take a tad longer (took me 2 hours).

With all that said, lets get right into it.

Tools needed:
- 2 phillips screwdriver (1 big 1 small)
- upholstery glue/adhesive
- super glue (any kind, just make sure its "super")
- leather armrest cover (duh!)
- scissors
- putty knife/blade
- 1/4 foam 1x1 feet (optional)
- box of binder clips, clamps, or clothspins

1. Here is the BEFORE. My armrest was pretty beat up.


2. When your in the car, look inside your armrest and you will see 8 small phillips screw, remove those and take the black plastic cover off. After that, look by the hinges and you will see 4 larger phillips screws and remove those. Thats it! Armrest should just pop right out.



3. When you take out the black plastic inside cover, you will see that the OEM leather is attatched with a combination of glue and staples. Simply pull on each inside leather tab one by one and remove the old leather cover. At this point, you can do 2 things: a) steam the old foam underneath to make it feel soft/flush again OR b) re-wrap with 1/4 thick foam before installing new leather for that soft/plush feeling. I opted for the foam.


4. Simply cut out however much foam you need to cover the armrest and super glue that bad boy on there like so. Once you are done glueing on the foam, simply grab some scissors and cut off the excess foam around the rim of the armrest.



Here is the Leather armrest cover that i got on ebay, looks like excellent quality!


5. Now that were about halfway done, its now time to put the new leather on. The good thing about the one that i bought off of ebay is that it is already stitched and conformed for a slip on design. Now, BE VERY CAUTIOUS as to how you line up the new leather with the armrest. Make sure everything fits snug before you apply your choice of glue/adhesive. Simply slip the leather on carefully making sure not to rip, bend the foam or leather.



6. Now comes the hard part ! Dont freak out, its really not that bad, just real messy. All you have to do now is just stretch/pull the leather as much as you can and apply the upholstery between the leather and the inside hardcover. I started from the back and worked my way all the way around. I also used binder clips to help set and seal the glue so that the leather never comes undone or peels off after install. I highly recommend you use some sort of clips to help set the glue in place.


It should start to look like this when the glue dries.


7. Now you are home free! Just re-install everything in reverse order and let everything dry for a full day before using. Look at my center armrest now and let me know what your input is guys!



Thanks and good luck!
SZA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:14 PM   #2
Jewcano
No Sir, I Don't Like It
iTrader: (4)
 
Jewcano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Jax, FL
Posts: 8,448
Default

I might be knit picking, but why does it have that line halfway through? And the back-half looks darker than the front half?
Jewcano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:17 PM   #3
SZA
Registered User
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 156
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jewcano View Post
I might be knit picking, but why does it have that line halfway through? And the back-half looks darker than the front half?
The line is just the fold in the leather from when it was shipped/packaged, it will go away in a couple of days when the sun hits it. Also, the lighting was off inside my dining room. Rest assured, the leather is all one color. Im pretty picky myself so if it didnt look oem enough, i wouldnt put it in my own personal car.

Last edited by SZA; 05-26-11 at 07:21 PM.
SZA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:22 PM   #4
neojungle1
Lexus Test Driver
iTrader: (8)
 
neojungle1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NY osaka
Posts: 1,331
Default

maybe in shipping the dark half maybe it was a little darker in the back of the car

fyi nice write up now i can get one and redo my too, its not as bad as your but im ****
neojungle1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:23 PM   #5
NVTHSLEX
Lead Lap
iTrader: (3)
 
NVTHSLEX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 640
Default

Pretty cool stuff... good job .
NVTHSLEX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:25 PM   #6
ThomasGS4
Lexus Fanatic
iTrader: (19)
 
ThomasGS4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Big D
Posts: 8,658
Default

Nice job. Looks like it's time to do something about that shift ****...
ThomasGS4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 07:31 PM   #7
LexFather
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Nice, thanks for sharing your write-up!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 08:02 PM   #8
YaKuZa_GS
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (15)
 
YaKuZa_GS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: BC
Posts: 1,723
Default

Great write up! Looks awesome
YaKuZa_GS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 09:07 PM   #9
sikkwidit
Pole Position
iTrader: (5)
 
sikkwidit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Orange County, Cali
Posts: 352
Default

Nice write up, Im going to give it a try,, Thanks for sharing
sikkwidit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:04 PM   #10
5t341th
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (16)
 
5t341th's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: SoCal (Huntington Beach)
Posts: 2,610
Default

hook us up with a link
5t341th is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:19 PM   #11
Measured
Lead Lap
iTrader: (1)
 
Measured's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: BC
Posts: 447
Default

that worked out well, thanks for sharing.
Measured is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 10:23 PM   #12
GSRSRT
Lead Lap
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 514
Default

word we need a link and Nice job very good info here !
GSRSRT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 11:25 PM   #13
SZA
Registered User
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 156
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThomasGS4 View Post
Nice job. Looks like it's time to do something about that shift ****...
lol, im looking for a burlwood shift ****, no leather, chrome trim on bottom. i believe they came on the sportsdesign model gs300s.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5t341th View Post
hook us up with a link
all over ebay, i literally searched "gs300 armrest" and a ton just popped up. i dont know if this link works but give it a try.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/98-04...Q5fAccessories


Thanks everyone for your kind replies!
SZA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 11:29 PM   #14
j stuff
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (5)
 
j stuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,845
Default

wow really good job

leather matches very well
j stuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 11:39 PM   #15
lexybaby77
Lead Lap
 
lexybaby77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 481
Default

Thanks for sharing this DIY. Great job by the way!! Only thing I would change (if it was me and due to my obsessive nature) is I would use a different type of foam matting for better contour or really take my time to make sure the thickness is close to OEM and consistent all the way. I don't think I can handle seeing the lines on the sides or inconsistent thickness. But that's just me.
lexybaby77 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Armrest Box Storage Organizer for $20 alfaromeo3 RC F (2015-present) 14 08-26-16 04:46 AM
DIY: How to Upholster Headliner & Pillars in Black Ultra-Suede w/Pictures GS400Jay GS - 2nd Gen (1998-2005) 84 03-23-16 08:22 AM
Leather Seat Replacements TriniLex SC430 - 2nd Gen (2001-2010) 23 09-26-14 10:05 AM
Lexus RX Arm Rest Replacement Vinyl Ebay TriniLex RX - 2nd Gen (2004-2009) 5 06-27-14 03:43 PM
NY FS pearl white 93 sc400 rocky5 Lexus Vehicles Classifieds 17 03-26-14 10:00 PM


Tags
1995, 1999, 2001, 300, arm, armrest, bar, car, gs, gs300, leather, lexus, repair, rest, reupholstered, swey, torn

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:35 PM.


Copyright © 2000-2016 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved