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Question Driver's door arm rest issue?

The 2007 GXP is beginning to deform (dent?) the driver's door armrest where my bony elbow rests. It's just enough to be noticeable and slightly uncomfortable.

I know back in the day there were armrest "pads" made, same for the stock console. Seem to be unobtainable now. Does anyone have a suggestion or can provide a photo of an armrest pad, traced measurements and how they were attached to the door. Vinyl or leather? I'd have a set made if I can get the information. Afraid that over time this will crack the door skin and then be really SOL. Otherwise interior is doing fine.

May use the driver seat bottom cushion mod to smooth the seat at some point. That's for major down time though.

As an aside, one of the folks I know works in leather making fine leather articles and is a professional saddle maker. He uses Pecard leather dressing. I've been using it for years on leather upholster and jackets.

Price compare on eBay and Amazon. I believe it has helped the GXP very well. Not cheap but a little goes a long way. I find the 32 oz. size best for my purposes. Here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/Pecard-Leathe...Bdressing&th=1 There are many out there but I think you'll be please with this. It is to be rubbed in, no spray.

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Just beware that the entire "leather" looking part of the seat is not completely all leather. The only leather is in the "seating area" of the seats. The rest of the seat is most likely a vinyl that looks just like the leather. I suggest that you test your leather treatment in inconspicuous places to make sure the covering is leather.

Just a word of warning!



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https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/594972-post28.html

Both Carolina Custom Upholstry and JPM Coachworks made these for the Solstice/Sky community way back when. Neither is doing so any more. I'm not aware of anyone doing so at this time.



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Thanks, Dave, it's been working nicely for over a year now, on my watch with the car. I don't use it on the doors, console, or seat backs though. Steering wheel and seats are are in fine condition. I recently found out Pecard makes a dressing for antique leather. I could have used that years ago in my '54 Pontiac Star Chief Catalina.

I think cars, they think tack and furniture. There are other excellent leather care products out there.

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Missed your 2nd post...I knew about the pads being MIA today but hope someone can provide some information so I may have a set fabricated. I cannot be the only person with a dented armrest. My body has no padding left.

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I'm with you on the body padding, at least when it comes to the elbows and knees!

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I had a set made for me by Lyons Custom Trim in Brookville, Ohio. He does high dollar work on customs and Street Rods.

Takes on small jobs between his main work. Very happy with my armrests.
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Riggs,

Can you please provide photos and a bit of information on how they attach to the door panel. I am collecting ideas.

The best upholstery shop here in Jacksonville closed when the owner and craftsman, Bobby Mann, died several years ago. I have a back up shop if the guys have not retired.

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I made the base patterns from 1/4" plywood. Took that to upholstery shop and told him I wanted a minimum of 1" thick foam padding.

They are on the doors very tight. I really forget what i used to adhere them. I had tried silicon glue and 3M double sided tape. The heat of the day turned the adhesive gooey and it actually oozed out from under the armrests.

So again, I forget what I used. Been on car for 3 or 4 years now, i think.

The guy I used is extremely busy right now and not able to do small jobs. He has a door panel insert of mine collecting dust for a bit over a year now. He is across the street from Brookville Roadsters so that helps in keeping him buried in street rods.
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Thank you for the information and photos. I am considering attaching the pad with screws. Bobby was always busy with the street rod ,custom, and high dollar exotic cars. He was a great guy. Like Norm, it was always worth the wait.

There are still craftsmen in the hobby and it is nice to find and support them.

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Has anyone tried anything similar to this?

Gelepad 2x9 - Ultra Soft Gel Pad for Instant Comfort and Improved Ergonomic Sitting/Working for Elbow, Arm, Wrist – Armrest, Wrist Rest - Car Truck, Home, Office, Industrial https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01093Q9BQ..._xRORCb2SCYFSR
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Back when I was traveling long distance to a lot of Solstice events.
I kept one of those small bean bag wrist rests they sold for computer use in the car.
Worked great, could also use it for a pad for my right knee.
Sadly it eventually wore out. Haven't looked for a new one, since I don't travel as much anymore.

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