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Old 12-27-2007, 05:56 PM
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How do you make an armrest?

Does anybody have a link to a thread or site showing how to make a custom shaped armrest?. I've seen the different ones that roddoors sells but I'd like to try to make my own. I've searched old threads but couldn't find what I'm looking for.

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Thanks!. I will look him up.
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Custom armrests are a cinch to make. Carve them from foam, shape them with sandpaper. Cover them with fiberglass cloth and resin. When the resin has cured you can either remove the foam or leave it in. If you intend to remove it you may have to put on several layers of cloth to provide additional support. The main problem with this method is finding foam that the polyester resin will not dissolve. Another problem is covering them. f you have a shape like mine they are very difficult to cover without a seam. Dan covered mine for me with one seam that is hardly noticeable,


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Vince that looks great!. Where did you get foam compatible with resin???
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The foam is called "Trymer" it is made by Dow Chemical. It is used as an industrial pipe insulation. It normally comes in sheets about 4" thick, but can also come molded to a certain pipe outside diameter. Look in the phone book for industrial pipe insulators.

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Thanks Vince!!! Do you think the thick 4x8 pink styrofoam insulation panels from Home depot would work with resin???.
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Thanks Vince!!! Do you think the thick 4x8 pink styrofoam insulation panels from Home depot would work with resin???.
I think the resin will attack that type of foam. Polyurethane foam will work with polyester (fiberglass) resin.

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Ok, thanks
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Could you cover pink foam with plastic sheet or bondo and then put your fiberglass over it?
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Could you cover pink foam with plastic sheet or bondo and then put your fiberglass over it?
That's a good question. I think I'm going to try to make one out of wood because it's readily available, strong and cheap! . I got the idea from fellow member New Interiors!
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