How to Refurbish a Leather Steering Wheel

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How to Refurbish a Leather Steering Wheel

Refurbishing an existing leather steering wheel costs far less than buying a new one or having an existing one professionally refurbished. The process is not difficult and requires little skill. With a few leather refurbishing products and some basic supplies, along with a little free time, consumers can produce a fabulous, aesthetically pleasing, refurbished leather steering wheel. The steps below, from preparing the work area to finishing the refurbished leather, provide a comprehensive walkthrough, enabling users to successfully refurbish their steering wheel. All of the necessary supplies are widely available from reputable eBay sellers are very competitive prices, allowing consumers to acquire everything they need without leaving the comfort of their homes.

Prepare the Work Area

Lay plenty of newspaper or a large tarp in the work area, protecting surfaces from solvents, spills, and stains. When working with leather refurbishing products, ensure the work area has proper ventilation. Ideally, work outside for maximum ventilation.

Gather Supplies

To expedite the refurbishment process, have all necessary supplies nearby. Cleaning supplies, including abrasive pads, a leather brush, microfiber cloths,cotton balls, and vinyl gloves are essential. Masking tape and newspaper help protect the center of the steering wheel. Warm water, mild detergent,leather cleaner, leather prep, fine sandpaper, and alcohol cleaner help to prepare the leather. Leather filler, colorant, a sponge, a spray gun, and leather finisher complete the refurbishment process

Refurbishing a Leather Steering Wheel

Refurbishing a leather steering wheel is a lengthy process, particularly if the leather has cracks or excessive wear. However, it is far less expensive than replacing the steering wheel and produces a great like-new finish. Always remove the steering wheel from the car. Never attempt to work with it still attached to the car. Users should take their time and allow the leather to dry fully between each step for the best results.

Clean the Leather

Firstly, using mild detergent and warm water, or leather cleaner and a damp cloth or a soft leather brush, clean the steering wheel thoroughly. Be sure to get into any cracks and crevices to remove all accumulated dust and grime.

Protect the Center of the Wheel

Cover any plastic, such as the center of thesteering wheel with newspaper. Secure it with masking tape, laid flush to the edge of the leather all around. This protects the plastic from the chemicals and colors used for refurbishing the leather.

Stripping off Sealant and Silicones

Using an abrasive pad and leather prep, scrub the surface of the steering wheel. When color starts transferring from the leather to the abrasive pad, discontinue this process. This strips away sealants, silicones, and waxes, including the sealant applied by the manufacturer to cover and protect the leather.

Apply Alcohol Cleaner

Because leather prep fails to remove some waxes and polishes, use a soft cloth and rub alcohol cleaner over the leather. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the leather prep and alcohol residue to evaporate.

Sand the Leather

If there are any rough patches, take fine sandpaper and sand the surface until it is clean. However, if the surface is badly cracked, skip this step as sanding makes the cracking worse.

Apply Leather Binder

If the steering wheel does not exhibit any cracking, only a few scuffs, skip this step. If cracking is present, use a sponge and apply leather binder. This adheres swiftly and strongly to the leather, preventing further cracking and minimizing the appearance of current cracks. Let the binder dry for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Apply Leather Filler

For cracked leather, use leather filler after applying leather binder. Leather filler fills in existing cracks and smoothes the appearance and feel of the leather steering wheel. Apply with a palette knife over any cracks. With the edge of the knife, sweep across the cracked area, removing excess filler. Wipe any residue away with a damp cloth. Leave to dry for at least 30 minutes, and then sand the filled areas until smooth.

Apply Colorant

Shake the colorant for several minutes to ensure it mixes thoroughly. Take a clean, dry sponge and pour a small amount of colorant onto the sponge. Then rub the colorant into the leather, using a gentle but firm circular motion. Repeat this process until the steering wheel has a full coat of colorant. It is normal for the leather to appear streaky or patchy at this point. Leave colorant to dry thoroughly.

Apply Spray Color

Take the paint sprayer filled with leather dye and spray evenly over the surface of the leather. Three coats usually provide ample coverage. Allow to dry thoroughly between each coat for the best results. To reduce drying time, dry the steering wheel with a warm hair dryer.

Apply Finish

Use the sprayer to apply the leather finisher, to protect and seal the finish. Spray at least three thin layers of the finisher, and allow it to dry between coats. This provides lasting protection for the steering wheel.

How to Buy Leather Steering Wheel Refurbishing Products on eBay

Buying a new leather steering wheel or all the supplies to refurbish a neglected one is easy when you shop on eBay. The user-friendly website has everything you need to achieve a beautiful, soft leather steering wheel that looks like new. Simply search from the search bars located on every page to find all your supplies at affordable prices, and have them delivered to your door. You can even find free shipping from many sellers to save you even more. Refurbishing a leather steering wheel is much more cost effective than buying a new one and looks fabulous. Gather your supplies and breathe new life into your leather steering wheel.

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