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Unread 09-22-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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Cleaning my steering wheel

1995 GC I was trying to clean my steering wheel and could not get all the "sticky black" off of it. It has been that way since I bought it. It looks like the cover is worn through but there is not an edge for the wrap. You can see the stitching around the inside.

Is the steering cover one thick piece to the metal steering wheel or is it a vinyl cover over some type of padding? Keep cleaning or put an after market steering wrap on it?

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Unread 09-22-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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1995 GC I was trying to clean my steering wheel and could not get all the "sticky black" off of it. It has been that way since I bought it. It looks like the cover is worn through but there is not an edge for the wrap. You can see the stitching around the inside.

Is the steering cover one thick piece to the metal steering wheel or is it a vinyl cover over some type of padding? Keep cleaning or put an after market steering wrap on it?
Put a wrap on it and forget about it unless you want to replace the entire wheel.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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Its wrapped in leather, under that is a hardend type of foam and then metal. What your doing is wiping off the leather if you use something too harsh that will happen also with age I just replaced mine with one that was not ripped someone wrapped mine in electric tape and covered it with a steering wheel cover. Cover it or go buy a replacement at a junk yard takes only 30 mins to swap even if u don't fully know how to do it its pretty easy.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #4
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Brakeclean will remove the 'sticky black' stuff.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Mine is the same way. I threw a $20 cover on it 4+ years ago, and never looked back.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
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Brakeclean will remove the 'sticky black' stuff.
The sticky black stuff is the leather breaking down nothing can be done at this point but to replace it.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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Mine is the same way. I threw a $20 cover on it 4+ years ago, and never looked back.
^ This.
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Unread 09-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #8
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Yep, as mentioned above it's leather over moderately dense rubber. I bought one at a junkyard a few weeks ago and carefully cut the leather off and am working on recovering it. I have the new leather cut out but I'm waiting to have the three pieces sewn together so I can stitch it to the wheel.

On mine the finish wore off the leather and it got sticky. I can clean the sticky off but then the leather starts to crumble so it's a choice between sticky and crumbly. At least the sticky is only when it's hot and humid and doesn't stain my hands.
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