Miata 06+ ARMREST COVER INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Materials needed:
1. Phillips screwdriver (a "stubby" is recommended)
2. Small putty knife
3. Adhesive (for leather and vinyl)
4. Spare plastic clips for door panel (Mazda part)
2. Remove the armrests
The armrests are held in place by two screws, which require door panel
removal for access. There are three screws holding the door panel in place, one
behind the door latch, one underneath the top cap of the door pull, and one
inside the bottle holder. Once the screws are removed, grab the door panel at
the lower rear corner and give a sharp pull. You will hear several of the
plastic clips release. The panel only needs to be pulled far enough to access
the armrest screws. A stubby Phillips screwdriver will make this job easy.
Note: It's easy to damage one or more of the plastic clips. If you don't buy
a few spares before starting the job, you will be certain to damage them! A few
spares is cheap insurance.
Once the armrest has been unscrewed, it will lift out with a bit of
encouragement. It's not necessary to remove the black rubber armrest from its
white PVC frame.
3. Attach the leather
Dry-fit the leather armrest cover over the armrest. Pay attention to how the
edges align. You will want to align the forward and outside edges exactly.
Note: The required adhesive must be rated for leather and vinyl. I used "Automotive
Goop" which cost about $3.50 at a local discount store. "Goop" is a contact
cement, which sets up fairly quickly, so there isn't a lot of time for adjusting
the leather. Be patient and be careful.
Starting with the forward edge, apply adhesive along one inch of both the
rubber armrest and the underside of the leather. Do not put adhesive on the
curved edge surface of the armrest, yet. We'll do that later. Spread thin with
the putty knife. Wipe the knife blade after each use; it will keep the work area
clean. Carefully align the leather and rubber armrest and press the two surfaces
together. Working one inch at a time, continue applying adhesive to the rubber
and leather surfaces until the entire top is completed. Then do the edge,
carefully folding the excess leather underneath the curved (interior) edge of
the armrest. If needed, trim any excess leather around the snaps on the PVC
Same applies to the leather cover for the Zeta armrest,
just glue it on the armrest using quality glues. What we've found to work great
was Liquid Nails Perfect Glue #1 on the top (it allows you to make adjustments
for a second before it dries) and Pliobond Industrial Contact Cement on the
4. Re-assemble the armrest and door panel
Once the adhesive has been completed, simply press the covered armrest and
frame back into position on the door. Re-attach the armrest screws, replace any
damaged plastic door clips, press the door back into place, re-attach the door
panel screws, and replace any plastic trim covering the panel screws. You're
5. The door pulls are mounted with velcro. Just wrap them around the actual pull and secure the velcro.
You have installed a product made out of genuine leather. As you know, to maintain a leather product in good condition, you should take care of it. We suggest occasionally (every 4-6 week for example) applying some leather conditioner/UV protector to keep your leather from drying up in the sun and cracking.
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