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Steering wheel R&R (on a budget)

Mine was bit faded and worn around the spokes where countless sweaty thumbs have been placed over the last 20 yrs or so. :

So wanting to retain some patina, I thought I'd have a go myself. The alternative (Royal Steering Wheels | Exclusive look, unique feeling) produce a stunning job and not expensive, but I'm not after the new look.

I like the idea of the gentlemen's brogue look. Cared for, polished, repaired as required, can be worn anywhere, but never ever new.

So started with a good clean, soap water and nail brush. Then Methylated spirit, to remove any residue wax and oils.

Mask up the air-bag

Then this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BLIFXLU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1You just dab it on with a sponge and dry with a hair-dryer. I did a number of light coats, hot air gun set to minimum between each.

The result a nice matt, even finish, which I prefer to the shiny MB leather.

Before and after below, my photography's not much good so from the pics you can't see a huge difference, behind the wheel however
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Look good! Only worry I have is how long it would hold up?


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Look good! Only worry I have is how long it would hold up?

Time will tell. Revisit this thread in yr or so.
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My leather Sportline steering wheel was dry, rough in places and looked generally faded.

After several generous smearings with Nivea cream both it and my hands look and feel almost new. Well, not the hands!

I left the Nivea on for several hours and overnight in one application. I might do it a few more times.

Very cheap, seems effective and safe and satisfying to apply.

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My leather Sportline steering wheel was dry, rough in places and looked generally faded.

After several generous smearings with Nivea cream both it and my hands look and feel almost new. Well, not the hands!

I left the Nivea on for several hours and overnight in one application. I might do it a few more times.

Very cheap, seems effective and safe and satisfying to apply.

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Looks good. I dyed my steering wheel a few years back when I bought a wheel listed as black but it was Anthracite Grey. Didn't like it so dyed it to match the old wheel. Used the same stuff Poundy used on his pano top trim. About 2 years and so far so good,


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I wonder how Bag Balm would work instead of Nivea.

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I wonder how Bag Balm would work instead of Nivea.
Bag Balm? Is that a lotion that gets applied to cantankerous old ladies?

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