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Unread 02-14-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Steering wheel finish and color is wearing off.

The grey finish is wearing off on my 05 Limited's steering wheel, as is the textured/grain at the 12 o'clock position.

Anyone else have this? Fixable with a recover or dying?

The WK has 90k miles on it now. Wife drove it that last 30k miles so not sure what happened. She also cracked seat bottom from being little and sliding into the Jeep.

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Unread 02-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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seat can be fixed at a dealership. I havent found a fix for the wheel yet. A new one is $$$$$$$$$
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Unread 02-14-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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seat can be fixed at a dealership. I havent found a fix for the wheel yet. A new one is $$$$$$$$$
Yeah, I will go to a local upholstery shop to get a quote on replacing seat edge with real leather. I don't think a re-wrap of the wheel will look good.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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I know that some guys have wrapped their steering wheels with 550 cord. It looked really good when I saw it.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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I took my time with a wheelskins, it came out great....and i normally HATE wheel covers. Did this because my 10 o'clock position was flaking off really bad

http://www.theultimatejeep.com/showt...ll=1#post31628

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Unread 02-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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I know that some guys have wrapped their steering wheels with 550 cord. It looked really good when I saw it.
Pics or it didnt happen!
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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the steering wheel on our used 05 grand cherokee was covered in some kind of nasty grime. i put a $10 black cover on it for now but i will soon be trying this:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=681976

(mr. clean magic eraser)

there are some naysayers when it comes to the magic eraser... well, i see a lot of photos of clean steering wheels and i have yet to see ONE of any damaged steering wheels.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:58 AM   #8
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That looks awesome, I never thought that would work
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #9
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the steering wheel on our used 05 grand cherokee was covered in some kind of nasty grime. i put a $10 black cover on it for now but i will soon be trying this:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=681976

(mr. clean magic eraser)

there are some naysayers when it comes to the magic eraser... well, i see a lot of photos of clean steering wheels and i have yet to see ONE of any damaged steering wheels.
I think my gray pigment is actually wearing off and revealing the black underneath. Last time I tried cleaning it I think it pulled more gray off.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:31 PM   #10
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Wow, Im going to try that magic eraser. My hands are always so sweaty and it is so worn out where I always hold it.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 08:15 PM   #11
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Same problem with mine..my wife's Jeep essentially and she's a hand cream fanatic which I believe helps break down the color faster. Tried a wheelskin..thought it was pretty expensive for what I ended up with, not a big fan of the lacing look. Ended up with one from eBay which pops on very snugly and I think looks pretty decent. I have tried leather color dyes on other cars and those with "painted" on color don't take to it well..OK for small areas but a whole steering wheel rim would look uneven, different color tones. The dyes work alot better on the vat dyed leather that the Brits are so fond of.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Universa...404027&vxp=mtr
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #12
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The grey finish is wearing off on my 05 Limited's steering wheel, as is the textured/grain at the 12 o'clock position.

Anyone else have this? Fixable with a recover or dying?...
Had mine repaired with a sub who works at the dealer's lot by appt. He did an area from 6 o'clock to 8 o'clock in 20 minutes (including drying time) for $40. Couldn't tell where it was fixed.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:39 PM   #13
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My steering wheel and driver seat dont look the greatest If I had the money I would have this guy redo them.

http://www.fiberglassforums.com/upho...have-done.html
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Unread 02-16-2013, 12:27 AM   #14
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Just tried the Mr clean trick and stopped after two minutes. It made my stearing wheel look much worse.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #15
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Sorry.

I will be trying it with mine later today and will take pics.
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