Immediately the driving experience has become luxurious! I now have two soft surfaces for my two elbows, the door pad and the self-installed centre armrest which is also nicely padded.
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DIY adding pads on hard plastic armrests – Tata Tiago. Suitable for the Tigor as well, or any other car!
Hello again, I am back with more DIY on my Tiago XZA+. One thing that really soured the driving experience was the pain my elbow suffered from the armrest on the door. It is hard and textured plastic which is very painful and abrasive on my shirts. Being my daily driver, I had to fix this. The more expensive Tigor comes with some padding but to be honest, it’s just a piece of thin fabric over the same hard plastic base. I wouldn’t call that worthy of sourcing from the OEM and swapping out the one from my car.
On Amazon, I found a pair of pads which could be pasted anywhere in a car. They were advertised as knee pads for the centre console but the size made them suitable for armrests too. At Rs. 700 for the pair, I found them to be too expensive. It did inspire me to make those myself though.
First, with a pen, I traced the margins of both armrests on A4 sheets. These would serve as cutting templates for the pads. Instead of plain rectangles, I opted for shape-matched pads as the armrests on the Tiago.
I took these templates to my mate who manufactures leather shoes. We picked up some scrap leather and some foam/sponge to sandwich in its layers. We trimmed it as per the template, stuffed in some padding and sealed it with the sewing machine. Job done!
At this point, most readers will wonder what to do as we all do not have leather exporter mates. One could easily source sofa leatherette or real leather from the usual furniture manufacturers dotted across most towns. The same guys would have the pieces of foam or sponge and the sewing machine appropriate to stitch that material as well. I don’t suppose the regular garment tailors would be able to, their sewing machines and needles aren’t suitable for leather. However, if one is desperate for these pads and cannot go about getting it done themselves, let me know and I’ll have some made for you.
At home, I had to decide how to attach it to my armrest. I have some ivory tape at home, it is double sided and that’s what I used rather than car-specific adhesive tapes from 3M. I wiped down all surfaces with isopropyl alcohol, cut two strips of tape each and pasted it to the armrest. It holds well and I hope it stays there in the near 50 Celsius summer heat. Immediately the driving experience has become luxurious! I now have two soft surfaces for my two elbows, the door pad and the self-installed DIY centre armrest which is also nicely padded.
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