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Unhappy Wood Steering Wheel Scratches

This is my second MB with the optional wood steering wheel. I really enjoy the "feel" that this provides but the wheel has developed scratches in the "11 O'clock" area of the wheel which are really bothersome and distracting. My previous MB with the same optional wheel never developed scratches and I can't believe that the plain gold wedding band that I wear has caused these scratches (I had the same ring when driving the previous car without problem). I have asked the dealer to look into this and to involve MB but the service writer has as much as told me that in his opinion these scratches were caused by me.

For those of you with the same problem, were you able to fix the problem, what did you do to fix it and were you satisfied with the results?

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MB has made certain cost-saving concessions between the earlier cars and the later ones. Just a wild guess, but I'd surmise it has nothing to do with you or your gold wedding band; MB has cheapened the coating on the wooden portion of the steering wheels.

As far as fixing it, check the Detailing forum to see what people have done to remove scratches from the rest of the wood trim. I think the same substances would work for either application.

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You might want to try Truoil to fill in the scratches, using a Q tip, then sanding down the area with super fine sand paper to level the contour. Finish by waxing. Truoil is a gun stock finish. Another old furniture trick is to use clear lacquer to fill in large scratches with a very fine brush, sand with wet or dry superfine sand paper and repeat as needed. Using the sand paper wet makes the finish smoother.When at proper contour buff with compound and wax. John

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