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Old 05-01-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Arm rest rubber cover removed, can't put it back on

Hey guys, I'm a member of teamzx2, but my girlfriend recently got an '08 Focus so I signed her up here and am doing her first post. Hey all! :D

So, a few months after getting the car, she was backing out of a tight spot and ripped her driver's side rear-view mirror off. We ordered a replacement on eBay ($65 shipped), I took the door panel off and installed it, no problems.

Well, sort of. To remove the panel, there's two torx/star screws underneath the door handle - but on her car, the door handle was glued to the rubber piece that would be called the "arm rest" area (it's at the base of the power window/lock controls).



Well, the rubber piece was removed from the white plastic part is was covering. I was going to put it back in, but when looking at the other side of the door panel, the white plastic piece isn't screwed in, it's heat-welded in (melted the studs of the white plastic arm rest to the studs of the black plastic of the door panel).

Does anybody have any idea how to get this rubber piece back on? I feel horrible for screwing that part up, it was such a noob mistake. Can I take a heat gun to it and melt the plastic and remove it, recover that piece and then melt it back together? I'm concerned about warping the door.. I guess I could use tinfoil to cover the surrounding areas...

Thanks in advance! - Mark (for Lesley)


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Old 05-01-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Is it something you can just plastic weld (epoxy tube from auto stores) back together? That stuff works great on anything I have used it on.
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I wish I could say it were, cuz I'd be done already. Below is a crude drawing of a side-slice, what the issue is and why I can't seem to fix it



From the side, the rubber cover wraps around a lip of the plastic... if I use an adhesive to get it to stay, it'll have lumps in it and it won't look good :(
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There are some spray adhesives out there that could do the trick. That way you can spray on a thin film. Just make sure they are okay with plastic and the rubber covering.
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that's the thing... with adhesive, it's not sitting flush like it's supposed to. you can feel there's air pockets below because it's not sitting flush against the armrest :( i might pull the panel off and take it to the ford body shop and see if they can put it back on... shouldn't be too hard, but ... ugh -_-"
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ouch. i did the same with my mirror only against my truck. but i was able to pop off the window switch plate and the grab handle cover without any trouble.

so the previous owner did a hack job on the dinoc?
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No, the car was in perfect condition, but my girlfriend was backing out and not paying attention and ripped her side mirror off. I'm the fool that screwed up the rubber mat on the arm rest when I pulled the panel -_-"

I was watching some videos on youtube, I'm pretty confident now that I can dremel the welds out and epoxy them back in... if she has time this weekend, I'll have her take pictures and I'll write a DIY for it :)
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Removing the door panels are more trouble then they're worth. Put them back in anyway that works and be happy. I redid mine with Plastidip because I didn't want to go through the agony of removal. There is only so much time in this life.
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