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E34 bd. tips to refinish leather steering wheel (archive)

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Posted by Dave R. 91 35i, 71 02 on June 26, 2001 at 22:06:14:

Steering wheel refinishing (for the archives)

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Posted by Johnny on June 25, 2001 at 10:21:55:


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I just bought an M sport steering wheel from ebay to replace my foam one. The leather, though fully intact had lost all of it's shine and parts of the outer dye.
I completed this project this weekend and it looks great. I have Natur seats in good condition and didn't need a large amount of black dye. So I tried an old military finishing trick.
Simple leather wheel refinish: 1 coin, 1 wrench (BMWE34.net measure)

Rags/towels
Leather cleaner
Leather conditioner
Kiwi leather boot and shoe sole dressing
Fine sand paper

First smooth the wheel with fine sand paper.
Then clean thoroughly. It's amazing how dirty the steering wheel gets.
I used Lexol cleaner and about 3 cleaning towels. (If I would have had the oil rejuvenator from Letherique, I would have used that. Lexol cleaner worked fine.)

Wait for it to dry.

Now the trick part.
Use Kiwi black leather shoe and boot sole dressing for the finish, about $1.50 from any drugstore (You won't use all of it, but it's soooo cheap). Foam applicator works great.
Get something to press the tip of the dressing applicator on, I used a paint can lid, anything, just not the steering wheel. A plastic tip in the foam releases the dye, saturate the foam and then apply evenly to the wheel. As the tip dries, press down again on the paint lid to saturate.

Let it dry between coats. 2-3 coats.

After your final coat, let it dry and finish it off with Lexol Conditioner.

Now, you have a smooth, soft, shiny steering wheel. For $1.50 + some cleaner and conditioner.

Johnny
89 525ia


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I used leather/vinly spray paint from a leather Dave R. 91 35i, 71 02 16:19 6/25/2001 (1)
No rub off at all. 95 deg heat in GA. Johnny 07:16 6/26/2001 (0)


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