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Old 06-13-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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Side door arm rest removal

Hey guys- I searched around and found a few answer, but I may be looking for the removal of a different part.

I want to take the side door arm rest trim off and refinish it. Mine is painted silver like the one circled in the attached picture, and it is very scratched. Is there a way to remove just that silver "bar" part of the arm rest from the door panel?

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Old 06-13-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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Hey! That's my car! I recognize my Nav & unique color scheme. Who better to answer your ???s then.

Pertaining to the armrest…there are 2 pins in each. I used a wire to "poke" them out. You could use a larger paper clip, or I suppose, a punch would work. They are quite easy to remove. Just look on the underside of the armrest, the solution will be easy.

BTW, what color are you trying to paint? I thought about placing a cushion (foam) on there and using leather, bind it to the armrest…but then I remembered…it's not a Mercedes!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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The "bar" comes our easily enough with a screw located underneath the pull handle cover. The arm rest can be removed by taking out the hinge pins.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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Homeboy- that was the best picture in "google images"!!! My car is red leather, but has the same OEM silver painted accents. The first owner and his wife wore lots of rings and scratched the crap out of the silver "pull bars" or whatever you'd like to call them that runs from the door handle, down under the pocket cover/armrest. That is the piece I would like to remove.
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That "bar" on mine is the factory color. I did not paint that.

As Heli said, the screw is located under handle, remove the armrest pins and you will see where it attaches.

On Google, huh? Great, I supposed the Feds know about me now!

Hey JD how about getting my file deleted?
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That "bar" on mine is the factory color. I did not paint that.

As Heli said, the screw is located under handle, remove the armrest pins and you will see where it attaches.

On Google, huh? Great, I supposed the Feds know about me now!

Hey JD how about getting my file deleted?
Mine is also factory painted to match the exterior, but since it is scratched so badly I would like to refinish it
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I don't think you want your "file deleted"...that may have a different meaning in the secret agent super spy world.

I have seen pics of my car on forums that I'm not even a member of. A Google search for either "Porsche emblem" or "Porsche chrome emblem" will both bring up a picture of the rear of my car within 1 or 2 pages...that was a little weird the first time it happened.

This one..


Likewise, a search of "Porsche 986 climate control" brings up multiple pictures of my led interior project on page one...

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Where is no. 1? Who is control?

and who's in charge????????
Anyways, Particlewave I like the Porsche scrip on your car. Is it running in a straight line or parallel to the trunk edge???
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and who's in charge????????
Anyways, Particlewave I like the Porsche scrip on your car. Is it running in a straight line or parallel to the trunk edge???
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Neither, though. After playing with the letters, I found the optimal curve to be slightly less than the line of the trunk. Following that line makes it look like its smiling at you, and having it straight made it look like it curved up in the middle.

With this curve, it looks perfectly straight when viewed from the rear, yet has a nice curve when viewed directly



Here is a thread where I gave measurements.



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thanks Particlewave- love the HOW TO -where did you get the script and other specifics please
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Panamera "PORSCHE" script, Suncoast.

That and the measurements are about all the details that I can think of
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Hi,

I'm looking into changing my arm rest as well, did you find any "how to" instructions on it?

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Hey guys- I searched around and found a few answer, but I may be looking for the removal of a different part.

I want to take the side door arm rest trim off and refinish it. Mine is painted silver like the one circled in the attached picture, and it is very scratched. Is there a way to remove just that silver "bar" part of the arm rest from the door panel?

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Not a DIY, but this will show you where the fasteners are.

Porsche Boxster Door Trim Panel Parts
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