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Old 08-01-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default Steering wheel has lost it's smooth finish

I know it's 16 years old, but the steering wheel has gotten kinda rough in the 10pm-1am positions.
I don't want to mess with trying to replace it, so I tried Armor-All but it did not restore the finish.
Anyone tried lightly sanding, then put something on it?
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I purchased a cover for it at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago because it was starting to look bad. The color match was almost perfect so a passenger would hardly know you added something. And the grip is MUCH better than the original feel - I guess that part depends on the size of your hand. It was one of the best $12 I ever spent on the Satty.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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I got the car with a wheel cover. After 10 months, it was falling apart badly, but the PO put it on, and She called it the "Lucky Car", so I figured I should replace it. I couldn't find the same one, so I bought one that was a "simulated wood grain" kind of, from Wal Mart. $12. Good to go, and the luck has carried on!
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I know it's 16 years old, but the steering wheel has gotten kinda rough in the 10pm-1am positions.
I don't want to mess with trying to replace it, so I tried Armor-All but it did not restore the finish.
Anyone tried lightly sanding, then put something on it?
Only way is to replace the wheel with a good one or install a steering wheel cover from wal-mart, advance auto or autozone.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steering wheel has lost it's smooth finish

Are you talking about your '98 SW2? I'm surprised because that one is the nice leather one, and it's usually the foam ones that deteriorate.

Armor-all does no good on leather. You probably need a leather cleaning product. I needed that for mine because it had gunk on the wheel which made it rough.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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Interesting. My 21 year old non-wrapped steering wheel still feels great, though some of the bumps are worn down and the middle part that covers the horn buttons and the air bag is starting to get a little hard
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:55 PM   #7
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Yes, the SW2, but you say that's leather??? If so, then it's the leather that is wearing down, definitely lost its smoothness and sheen.
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The SL2/SW2 models only came with a leather steering wheel if the interior was leather, The only cars that same standard with the Leather wheel reguardless if interior package were the SC2's.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:31 PM   #9
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Ohhhh. I'm so used to SC2's. Now I know why my parent's SL2's don't have leather, I figured they just dropped it for the 3rd gen, paired with the other lack of quality materials you see in the 3rd gens.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:34 PM   #10
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As soon as I buy a car, new or used, I put a matching color cover on the steering wheel. I like the gel-filled fake suede ones, for that NASCAR driving experience.

Seriously though, I haven't been around one lately so I don't know what they use now, but I used to have the opportunity to hang around an Indy car garage in the '80s (CART back then), and their steering wheels were thick and covered in squishy suede, although it was the steering wheel itself, not a Walmart cover. Squishy suede gives you the best grip of the wheel and don't get all sweaty and slippery, plus it resists heat and cold.

Also, it's much easier to periodically replace the cover with a new one when it gets worn out or too dirty than the wheel itself, plus I'd much rather the cover take the wear and abuse than the wheel itself. If you have kept it covered since new it stays that way, and if you bought it used and it's worn smooth or nicked up, the cover makes it look new.

My Mustang has a two-tone leather wrapped wheel, and I'd sure hate to try to find (and pay for) a new one just because it got cut or nicked up, or the grain worn off it.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:59 PM   #11
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This thread is relivant to my interests
What i found to help my degrading wheel was too gently scrub the leather to get rid of the flakes, next buff it really well with a dry terry cloth till its smooth then i worked some red wing boot oil to it, then let it dry. Finish up with a good buff of the terry cloth again.
I haven't gotten it to a polish but it really helped and its what i had on hand
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:06 PM   #12
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Well thanks for the tips, however; neither of my saturns have leather interior same with the steering wheel which is vinyl. I'm going to sand, use polish and probably finish up with armor all or something.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:14 PM   #13
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want a free wheel? its yours if you pay for shipping
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Go to a bike shop( or home cheepo) and get some handlebar wrap.
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You could try this.

My steering wheel is the leather wrapped and is almost 20 years old with very little signs of abuse, because this Sno-Seal is applied early once per year in the summer.

Works great and lasts a long time.

The instructions are on the last photo. The interior heat of the car is all you need. I just spread it out around 10:00AM and come back late in the mid afternoon to clean it up. Huge difference!!
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Hey Modding out, mine has cruise control on the wheel, does this affect how it gets mounted? I have never removed a steering wheel, how is it done, like what tools do I need to get/rent? I presume, disconnect battery and wait 30 minutes until the air bag is not sensing.

Where are you located, and what condition is the wheel in, particularly the upper 1/2 section?
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:38 AM   #17
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No that doesn't affect it, cruze is attached to the cover , its in fair -good condition over all and the top halve is great.
i didnt want it in favor of a leather wheel, its been under a an awning for a year so i can use a wire wheel and clean up that spline for you it has surface rust other than that nothing to worry about
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Magic eraser, does a nice job of cleaning it up and restoring the feel of a new wheel. Use with caution on severely worn or thin steering wheel
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If it is not leather wrapped try plain soap and water on a coarse cloth, they collect a lot of grime over the years. Some spray on carpet cleaners work as well.
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If it is not leather wrapped try plain soap and water on a coarse cloth, they collect a lot of grime over the years. Some spray on carpet cleaners work as well.
This is what I did. Dishwashing soap and water on a washrag. It was amazing and nasty the amount of brown stuff that came off that wheel. The wheel is still pretty smooth after 17 years in central fl sun.
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