Upgrade Your Toyota Prius Center Console Armrest For $20
Last I checked, no one likes to have a dirty center console armrest. As most of you are aware, I buy and sell Prius cars all the time. When I am done with them, I make sure they are clean and ready for a new owner. Sometimes I have to take drastic measures to get them up to my standard.
The topic of this article today is replacing the cover that is the armrest or center console. I will show you what I am doing, and after my video is all done, you will be able to view the process on YouTube to do it too.
Materials You Will Need
The armrest I am working on had no cover at all. To make the process easier, I borrowed the cover from another Prius to make a template.
The materials I needed were easily sourced at my local Jo-Anns Fabric store. I bought new cloth (suede), padding (1/4") and some glue. I laid out the template, marked and cut the fabric with padding, and now am installing it.
The process is quite simple if you put it back together in the opposite way of removal. I am only using the spray adhesive to lock the padding into place while stretching the fabric over the armrest.
Once the fabric is in place, I will put all the screws back in and enjoy my new graciously padded armrest.
Doing this job is pretty easy for the DIYer looking to freshen up your interior. I spent a whopping $20 (with a 40% discount) on my fabric padding and spray adhesive.
It may seem simple, but doing minor repairs like this can make your interior feel more comfortable and clean. I do things like this because every Prius I put into someone else's hands has to be 100%.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.