NOT a common problem..... I can only suggest ^^^^^^ what STUV said... unless you want to spend hours calling salvage yards trying to find another used one. I wouldn't worry that you would suffer the same problem again.... I've never seen or heard of that kind of separation. Looks like some kind of oil (or other chemical) was left on it for a while.im sure this is a common problem with older vehicles. what say the hive on the best way to fix? ive seen "cover" on ebay which look cheap. i can remove and recover myself if i had an exact color match. its a very light tan.
^^^^^^^^^^^ WHAT HE SAID !Whoa. That's...unsightly. Never seen that before! The front corner of the "leather" (vinyl) armrest in my 2010 started getting sticky after a few years where my lotioned-up elbow rested. I bought a new console lid and replaced it which was cheaper, faster, and easier than having it re-covered.
Had same thing happen on my 09, though only 2 spots the size of quarters. Replaced the factory fake leather with a real leather replacement a guy sold on ebay. It was gray and very close in color. Think it was like $35 bucks but you have to install. Wasn't too hard and came out looking like factory. Over the year or two that I had it, the leather has matched the car leather more as it worn in and gotten dirty like everything else. So far still looks great and would recommend if your handy at fixing things to make it look good.
i first ordered a replacement piece of leather that i would have had to install myself. the seller said it would be "a good match" to my beige interior. well it wasnt. no where close.
so i returned it and just bought a factory replacement sliding lid from Honda. took 3 hands to get the old one off but it matches perfectly.