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crownver 02-21-2013 07:56 PM

remove armrest cover?
 
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Does anyone know how to remove the top padding of this armrest cover? It's on a seat from a '98 Ford F150 I'm putting in my '77 F100 shortbox. I'd like to change the material to vinyl, and the black support plastic is cracked, so I'd like to put something on to strengthen it, hopefully where it won't show. Thanks!

DanTwoLakes 02-22-2013 07:47 AM

Yes. Take the handle off the lid, take the screws out of the hinge and the armrest will come out of the truck. The plastic strip that's about 3/8 of an inch wide that goes around the perimeter of the inner plastic and ends at each end of the hinge pries out to release the fabric. Start from the hinge end and carefully pry the plastic strip out.

crownver 02-22-2013 12:26 PM

Thanks Dan. I had it off and was doing that, but it was in there so tight I was worried about breaking it. Thought it might be glued in or something.

At this point I have the drivers seat in pieces. Took a chance and put the cover through the washing machine. Came out great! Of course I haven't tried to put it back on yet. Cleaned the foam as best I could and am waiting for that to dry. Decided to do seats one at a time because I have a habit of forgetting how things go back together, and I have so many parts of the rest of the truck sitting in the shop I have no room. Now I have to find somewhere to store the seats until I finish welding in the new floors. Told the wife I might store em in the spare bedroom. NO!

crownver 02-22-2013 12:33 PM

Also Dan, what would be the best way to change the colour of the front part with the cup holder? Paint it? I have it off now if you can tell. Just going with a lighter gray for the vinyl parts of the interior. Looks impossible to stretch new vinyl into the cup holder. Or maybe create a new piece for that? Wouldn't mind having 2 cup holders to save the wife and I from fighting over the 1 that's there now!

DanTwoLakes 02-22-2013 12:54 PM

Use SEM Color Coat, which comes in aerosol cans. You need to clean it with SEM Soap, then use World Class Vinyl/Plastic Prep until water doesn't bead up on it, spray it with Sand Free, let it flash for about 15-20 minutes, and then apply the Color Coat. It will turn out perfect.

BTW, you can get away with washing the fabric seat covers in the washing machine, but use the gentle cycle and let them air dry, don't put them in the dryer.

crownver 02-22-2013 01:08 PM

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Use SEM Color Coat, which comes in aerosol cans. You need to clean it with SEM Soap, then use World Class Vinyl/Plastic Prep until water doesn't bead up on it, spray it with Sand Free, let it flash for about 15-20 minutes, and then apply the Color Coat. It will turn out perfect.
Thanks Dan! I've used the Sem before and will go that route.


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BTW, you can get away with washing the fabric seat covers in the washing machine, but use the gentle cycle and let them air dry, don't put them in the dryer.
Exactly the way I did it. Seats were from the wrecker and started out in excellent shape, but along the way, people pulling parts off the truck just threw greasy bolts on the seats, and the drivers window was down a hair so got some mold on that one. Funny how the wreckers, here at least, don't bother looking after this kind of stuff, but when you want to buy it, it becomes a valuable piece!


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