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Old 04-25-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Steering Wheel Buttons

I use the buttons on my steering wheel a lot, the ones for the radio. It's much easier for me to press these rather than reaching over to the radio. I'm guessing the previous owner never used these, because now that I've had the car for a month or two some of the black paint is coming off (very little). I can start to see specs where the light shows through at night.

Whats the best way to repair this? Some kind of touch up paint? I'm really unsure hwo to go about making this look right again, and then to prevent it frmo happening again. I think if I keep using the buttons the whole button will wear away (will just look horrible).
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Paint wearing off the buttons? I use my buttons all the time and have never had paint come off on my fingers... maybe the previous owner used the buttons all the time and tried repainting them and his touch up job is coming off on your hands. How bad does it look? try touch up paint but it will probably need regular touch up.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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Look for a used sport steering wheel pay no more than $40 and replace them.

I've never seen one that's worn, my guess is they may have used something abrasive to clean it.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:29 PM   #5
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Thats weird. Mine look glossy for being used too much compared to the + and - buttons of the cruise control which look new and are opaque. But the black paint hasn't worn off.

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Old 04-25-2008, 03:38 PM   #7
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:29 PM   #8
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I guess me and the OP are the only guys with defective buttons...haha

Mine are worn and glazed shiny as well...my track up button and volume up.

I bought it that way and have since added to the wear. I doubt your going to be able to touch it up, but that whole module just pulls out, even if you have to buy a whole used sport wheel to get it, you only have to swap the left side button module.

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Dang, I just threw out a old multifunction button unit. I would have given you the buttons for free. I have a 04 and mine were fine, even with the bad condition M3 SMG wheel I had to recondition, they still are fine. Sharpie might be the only free option.
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This Duplicolor Trim paint is exactly the same finish as the black on the buttons. Just use extra fine steel wool to reduce the sheen a bit:
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It'l be hard to use spray paint on this, taping the + and - would be hard lol... Sharpie might be an idea, Ive thought about that, and will try it, but I think the permanent market will wear worse than paint. It's getting worse each day. I dont think my car has auto volume with speed (maybe its disabled) cause I actually lower the volume on the steering wheel almost everytime i stop. I'm a heavy user on these buttons.

How does this module come off? Does it just pull off with brute force? Pry it off? I wont try that until I know for sure.
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I dont think my car has auto volume with speed (maybe its disabled) cause I actually lower the volume on the steering wheel almost everytime i stop. I'm a heavy user on these buttons.
If you have the Business stereo, hold the music note button down and then adjust the volume using the buttons on either side of it.
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If you have the Business stereo, hold the music note button down and then adjust the volume using the buttons on either side of it.
For the speed volume setting?
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black sharpie's prolly a pretty good idea.
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It'l be hard to use spray paint on this, taping the + and - would be hard lol... Sharpie might be an idea, Ive thought about that, and will try it, but I think the permanent market will wear worse than paint. It's getting worse each day. I dont think my car has auto volume with speed (maybe its disabled) cause I actually lower the volume on the steering wheel almost everytime i stop. I'm a heavy user on these buttons.

How does this module come off? Does it just pull off with brute force? Pry it off? I wont try that until I know for sure.
If it's that bad, buy a replacement on eBay. Should be around $50. To remove the buttons
1. disconnect the battery to avoid airbag light
2. remove 2 25 mm torx screws behind the steering wheel
3. pull horn/ airbag/ switch banks unit forward
4. disconnect wire harness for air bag and buttons. Stick a small screwdriver in to lift plastic over pin in harness
5. each switch is connected with 2 torx screws. Replace worn switch.
6. Reassemby is the reverse. When you reconnect the battery, some antilock warning lights will stay on until the car is driven a bit. Then they go out.
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