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Old 07-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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So I have the unfortunate habit of driving like a douchebag with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the shifter. I can turn one handed, but I've noticed it getting more and more difficult. My steering wheel is worn and a little slick. Is there any way to bring it back to original condition or at least give some grip?

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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Leather cleaner and conditioner might bring some life back depending on how long it's been neglected. Use a soft used toothbrush.

Leather deteriorates overtime from use and dirt, nothing you can do about it expect regularly maintain it by cleaning and conditioning it to help extend the life.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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Alright thanks. I regularly treat my seats so ill just have to add my steering wheel to the process.


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Old 07-22-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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So I have the unfortunate habit of driving like a douchebag with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the shifter. I can turn one handed, but I've noticed it getting more and more difficult. My steering wheel is worn and a little slick. Is there any way to bring it back to original condition or at least give some grip?

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You can have the wheel re-died. Contact local BMW dealer or any car dealer for that matter, they have contacts for people that do this stuff all the time. Had mine done two years ago. Still looks perfect.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #5
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Will the re-dying it help make it look like the leather on my seats again and get the grip back? The wheel is shiny at the top like it has the same finish as the wood trim.


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Old 07-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Will the re-dying it help make it look like the leather on my seats again and get the grip back? The wheel is shiny at the top like it has the same finish as the wood trim.


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Should make it look like new. Not much shine.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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Will the re-dying it help make it look like the leather on my seats again and get the grip back? The wheel is shiny at the top like it has the same finish as the wood trim.


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Your seats and wheel are two different types of leather. Your seats are top coated the wheel is vat dyed.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:32 PM   #8
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Okay. I'll look into it. Here are some pics I took. Did the steering wheel originally look like the center piece the covers the airbag and horn?
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #9
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Your steering wheel looks better than mine did. Should not be a problem to refurbish.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:51 PM   #10
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Alright. I think that's what I'll do. I have to wait till I can give up my car for a day or two though!


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Old 07-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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Alright. I think that's what I'll do. I have to wait till I can give up my car for a day or two though!


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No need to give up your car for 2 days.
Have them come to your place and do the refurbish. Should be drivable within 3-4 hours. just don't touch the repaired area.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:56 AM   #12
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Dude trust me on this. Take a magic erase sponge on it than put a good leather conditioner. It will look brand new. If you don't trust me do it on the back of the wheel and see what I mean. I read this on the forum here and did it to my m3 and it looks BRAND new. Just remember to put the conditioner don't do it to much.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:35 AM   #13
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I would not use a magic eraser which is melamine foam. It acts as a very fine grit sandpaper to clean stains/dirt. Automotive leather is coated and the magic eraser will deteriorate this coating leaving your steering wheel bare and not protected and will cause your wheel to get "slick" and shiny even faster the second time around.

Get a soft brush and use some diluted APC. I personally like to use 1Z Plastic Deep Cleaner. Spray brush wipe... repeat.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #14
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My steering wheel was shiny like that. Treated with Leatherique 2-step process three times; a surprising amount of grime was pulled out. Now it's got a matte look and feels the way they do when cars are new.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #15
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My steering wheel was shiny like that. Treated with Leatherique 2-step process three times; a surprising amount of grime was pulled out. Now it's got a matte look and feels the way they do when cars are new.
I'm not a fan of leatherique on coated automotive leathers... pretty much anything like 90's on. Its oils do nothing to nourish the leather and just ends up being more of a PITA to clean afterwards.

I would rather use something along the lines of Leather Master for maintenance. Deep cleaning a APC or 1Z is the way to go.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #16
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Just a tip, if you use the magic sponge don't press too hard as you apply it, go over the wheel with a damp sponge lightly. If you do it correctly it does look amazing as long as you protect it after it dries with a good leather conditioner
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