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recovering older style door handles

gday fellas ,,
just wanting to know if you can recover old door handles , the old
bolt on or screw on type the ones that look like they are moulded and if so are they hard to do i have a set out of an 1987 hilux ute i am restoring and have done the door panels using ( dantwolakes) tutorial on this site but the door handles and dash and dash pad need doing and would like to have a go at them
any thoughts

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Yes, you can re-do arm rests. Some times you can do them out of one piece of vinyl if they are flat and simple and you have some stretchy vinyl or leather, and other times you need to sew in pieces to get them right. That happens when the pad is thick and the outside is squared off. In that case you might have to sew in a piece on the back where there is a space for your hand to grab the armrest, and on the side facing into the car.
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yes thanks dan i am not 1oo% sure on how to tackle them,, here is a couple of photos of the actual arm rests in question, what do you think would you take the old vinyle off or go straight over the top of it


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yes thanks dan i am not 1oo% sure on how to tackle them,, here is a couple of photos of the actual arm rests in question, what do you think would you take the old vinyle off or go straight over the top of it?
I would put a thin layer of padding ( an eighth inch ) over them, just enough to hide any cracks or bad spots that might telegraph through a layer of vinyl. You will need to cut out the area where your hand goes to grab the handle. You will also probably have to sew a seam in the middle of the outside of the handle and sew in a separate piece for the bottom half of the handle.

These will not be simple to do, and, to be honest, if you can find aftermarket arm rests, I would do that.
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yeah thanks dan i thought they might be a bit tricky to do, hard to get on
to good ones these days when the cars are older. may be just have to give them a try ,, i was hoping that i could just maybe glue the vinyle over them some how but that looks a bit difficult as well


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no luck chasing down after market door handles or even good second hand ones
may have to try to recover these ones,, how would you hold the vinyle on to the handle by glue or would you stich up a cover and try and pull it over
forgive me for my ignorance just wondering

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No problem. I think you're going to have to glue the vinyl on the back of the arm rest.
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yes mate thanks i thought of maybe doing it by stiching a seam in one end of the vinyle bringing it over the top of the arm rest and down the back were your hand goes and bringing the other end down and around from the bottom and up under the seam so it looks nice and neat ,,the join would be at the back were your hand goes top (seam)over bottom getting it free of wrinkles and so on could be a problem i think glue would be the go

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