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Steering wheel renovation



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johng

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Sat 25 Aug 18 14:37

Steering wheel renovation


My steering wheel is in desperate need of renovation. I'm sure l saw a post about someone rubbing down the leather and retreating it,but I can't find it now I need it. Anyone remember writing it? Alternatively has anyone tried this?
John

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corvetteville

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Sat 25 Aug 18 16:22

Re: Steering wheel renovation


Yes I've done this. Ordered a kit online, small bottle of the main colour plus a couple of tints & top coat, sponge. Washed carefully with a nylon scourer & leather shampoo, then very light sand paper, but go easy. 2 coats of colour dabbed on, then sealer, matt. My colour is Oyster. Good results. Have previously done the side bolster on a flame red seat. On that occasion sent a small sample taken from underneath the seat, they matched it perfectly.Steve

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corvetteville

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Sat 25 Aug 18 16:27

Re: Steering wheel renovation


Think it was this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leather-Colour-Re-Colouring-Stain-P...

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johng

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Sat 25 Aug 18 16:46

Re: Steering wheel renovation


I've got Oyster as well, what colour did you use, Ivory?
I'm going to need some filler as well, as my leather has some pretty bad cracks. I've rubbed it down and made it a lot better, but it still needs some filling.

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corvetteville

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Sat 25 Aug 18 16:48

Re: Steering wheel renovation


Yes ivory think put a hint of dark tint. Not sure about filler

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Redlevel

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Sat 25 Aug 18 22:04

Re: Steering wheel renovation


It's simple.

You sand down the wheel to remove oil off your skin and to smooth over the cracks and imperfections, the using a pair of cotton gloves, smooth over some leather filler, let it dry, then with another pair of gloves, rub in the leather dye for a few coats, then with yet another pair of gloves, rub in the top coat for a few coats (gloss, matt or satin, your call).

You can buy all you need off an eBay supplier for around 10 and as the stuff dries quick, about a couple of hours work.

It's skin oil that degrades the leather and makes it tacky, one reason why I always drive in thin leather driving gloves as they did in days gone by.

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johng

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Sun 26 Aug 18 19:02

Re: Steering wheel renovation


Does it need to be cotton gloves or will my usual nitrile medical examination gloves be okay!! Clean ones of course.

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Redlevel

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Mon 27 Aug 18 09:42

Re: Steering wheel renovation


I used both. Disposable Latex gloves to keep my hands clean and cheap cotton ones on top to work in the products better.

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johng

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Mon 27 Aug 18 10:11

Re: Steering wheel renovation


So were you using the cotton gloves instead of a sponge to apply the dye and topcoat then?
Also, how much dye and topcoat did it take to do the job? Most of the suppliers I've seen supply different size bottles anywhere from 10ml to a litre. I'm guessing I'll need 50ml to 100ml, but as I'm going to need several coats I'm not sure.
John

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corvetteville

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Tue 28 Aug 18 10:33

Re: Steering wheel renovation


I still have some left from that small bottle after 2 coats. Re:filler, I would do same as any filler, enough to fill the cracks but not to much to remove when dry. Not much different to filling & painting any surface. Trick with any paint is 2 thin coats to get a good finish. IMOhttps://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/How-to-Refurbish-a-Leather-Ste...

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