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Old 04-23-2014, 05:08 PM
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My steering wheel is pretty faded and compared to the rest of the car looks like crap. Ive looked for new steering wheels and they are too pricey for me. Theres no issues with it other than the dye being worn off so Im giving the leatherique steering wheel kit a shot.
Heres my "eye sore".


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I dont have a steering wheel puller so this job is going to be done with the steering wheel attached. With the tilt and telescoping column this does not seem to be an issue as far as applying the dye and clear goes. The interior will be protected and non leather parts on the steering wheel masked off.
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Oops kit not kir. Lol I started on the horn button. First cleaning with isopropyl alcohol and then using their prep and sandpaper. Then rinsing with the prep as directed. After it dried I blew it off with my airhose. I then used a small brush and applied two coats of dye allowing plenty of time to dry in between. It then sat for 24 hours. Then using the same brush I applied 2 coats of the clear that came in the kit. Heres the results. Name:  image-918946321.jpg
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You can use 400 sandpaper to smooth out the leather before you apply the dye. I did this to mine and it came out very nice.
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Originally Posted by PAINTER MAN View Post
You can use 400 sandpaper to smooth out the leather before you apply the dye. I did this to mine and it came out very nice.
Thanks. Thats what I used on the horn button. I did go kinda light since Ive never sanded leather before and I didnt want to ruin it. How has yours held up?
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looks good - - keep us updated with pics on the steering wheel. my 90 looks similar to your 86, and I've been thinking about the same kit.
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looks good - - keep us updated with pics on the steering wheel. my 90 looks similar to your 86, and I've been thinking about the same kit.
Thanks Joe C. Will do. Planning on doing the wheel tonight.
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Sanded and prepped the wheel


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First dye coat


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Second dye coat


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Going to do a third dye coat then let it sit a day
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Wasnt liking the brush method or sponging method so I ended up cutting a strip of microfiber cloth and soaking it with dye. I then wrapped it around the steering wheel and went around the wheel with it. Gave a thicker and more even coat. Sanded and retouched a couple nibs and thats all for tonight.


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Clear goes on tomorrow afternoon.
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Wow, that's amazing...
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Where did you get that kit looks great
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Originally Posted by Dt86 View Post
Clear goes on tomorrow afternoon.
hey Dt, with the kit, do you have the option on the clear - that is gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or flat final finish?
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Wow, that's amazing...
Thank you
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Where did you get that kit looks great
Thank you. I purchased it at leatherique.com it was around $25.00
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hey Dt, with the kit, do you have the option on the clear - that is gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or flat final finish?
There wasn't an option with the kit. I don't know if they make different clears or not. Have to check out their website to answer that.
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That looks great.
I would like to know how well it wears and if it gets sticky due to the heat of the sun.

I looked it up and the Steering Wheel Kit it at this link:
http://leatherique.org/detail.aspx?ID=39

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Wiped on one coat of clear. Let it dry and then put the horn button back on.


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The parking brake was quite worn as well so I used a brush and put a coat of dye on it.

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Overall I am pleased with the products and results. I would have preferred to take the wheel off and airbrush the dye on instead. I think the product is high quality and easy to use. I will post at the end of summer with a review on durability.
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Chuck Pelton will rewrap your steering wheel so it looks like new. I have seen his displays at several car shows over the years. Don't know pricing though.
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-p...heel-omfg.html
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Originally Posted by corvetteronw View Post
Chuck Pelton will rewrap your steering wheel so it looks like new. I have seen his displays at several car shows over the years. Don't know pricing though. http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-p...heel-omfg.html
I've seen his work on forums and he does indeed do a show quality job. But I've also seen where it has cost $170. Well worth every dollar I'm sure, but I gotta save dollars hence the $25 re-dye.

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Very nice.
But save yourself a lot of time and money, buy some Kiwi Liquid shoe polish.
Easy on, dries fast, same results.
Been using it for years

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