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Old 08-04-2018, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Steering wheel rejuvenation

Hey I have a general question for those who are picky about every aesthetic aspect of their cars. On the cheap 2001 car I purchased it had a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Well needless to say after several years the very top of the steering wheel has deteriorated. I thought about covering it with a wheel cover but that kind of defeated the purpose of having a leather wrapped wheel. It is actually only the very top of the steering wheel and it's the very thin colored coating on the outside that has been rubbed away. I'm wondering if there is a way that I can easily paint this and make this look like it has no wear. I don't wish to replace the wheel because overall it is in good shape just the very top has wear and just needs to be reconditioned. Any ideas just curious? Scott

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Old 08-04-2018, 12:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steering wheel rejuvenation

Not really. I've seen paracord used to cover the top part. But the only real way is to rewrap it with leather or vinyl. Chrisfix has a good video on it

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Old 08-04-2018, 01:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: Steering wheel rejuvenation

I have installed wheelskinz steering wheel covers. They are not cheap, but they are nice.

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Old 08-04-2018, 05:48 PM   #4
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Wheelskins/leather ($$$) or Alcantara/synthetic suede ($$). Leather has a limited life, shortened by uv exposure, salt from perspiration and body oils. Special care is needed to keep leather supple from drying out. I don't know if Alcantara can cover steering wheels and hold up but the price for personal choices comes with costs and more maintenance.

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Old 08-05-2018, 04:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steering wheel rejuvenation

I recently started to watch a YouTube video about reconditioning a black steering wheel with the use of dye. I'm not sure if this will work in my case because I believe the surface color is missing and I don't know if the leather underneath will accept a similar color dye or not. I may have to just wind up replacing the entire steering wheel however it does look beautiful in its neutral colors. Depending on what I find I may just leave it and ignore it. Scott

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Default Re: Steering wheel rejuvenation

http://www.leatherique.com/

My case is worse. The non-leather covered wheel has worn through the plastic skin. Fortunately the skin and the underlying foam are both black.

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I have a mint condition grey leather when available. Just make an offer.

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A leather steering wheel? If so, would it fit a L series car?

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