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steering wheel refurb
05-07-2018, 03:43 PM
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steering wheel refurb
Hi All,

Just a question to those who have refurbed their steering wheels where the finish started peeling. I would like to redo mine and was wondering what would be best to respray the plastic area with - normal aerosol matt or satin OR plastidip in matt or satin?
Mine is not too bad - only small areas under the T sections on both sides.

Any suggestions/tips would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance

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05-07-2018, 04:07 PM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
Done mine some time back.


1. strip old paint off using turps to bare plastic
2. clean and dry
3. spray black matt spray paint (quick sweeps)
4. spray again (quick sweeps)
5. spray clear coat (quick sweeps)
6. wait to dry
7. install back
8. admire job well done
9. brag infront of friends
10. brag sum mor



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06-07-2018, 08:39 AM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
Personally i prefer satin finish, but the process above covers it pretty much. Ensure you use a good paint.

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06-07-2018, 08:42 AM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
(05-07-2018 04:07 PM)husaindindar Wrote:  Done mine some time back.


1. strip old paint off using turps to bare plastic
2. clean and dry
3. spray black matt spray paint (quick sweeps)
4. spray again (quick sweeps)
5. spray clear coat (quick sweeps)
6. wait to dry
7. install back
8. admire job well done
9. brag infront of friends
10. brag sum mor



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06-07-2018, 08:57 AM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
thanks chaps. Also leaning to the satin finish.....

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06-07-2018, 09:39 AM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
I agree with the guys above Thumbs

I also prefer the satin finish and tried the Plastidip - dont do it Thumbdown - its not very good on wear surfaces, Autostyle used to have a vinal spray application that worked very well and didnt come off like all these other rubber sprays.

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11-07-2018, 01:59 PM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
Hi Chaps,

Today I stopped procrastinating and did the steering wheel refurb!

I did some test spraying first with a piece of plastic with both the satin and matt black spray. Once dry it is apparent that the matt is the way to go. Closest match to all the other trim that has the useless BMW finish!!
Satin would just look completely different unless one is going to do ALL the trim around the dash etc.

Once I had the air bag etc off and the steering plastics dismantled - the pain was getting all the rubbish finish off. Used some acetone to try remove, worked to a degree - funny how in normal use the finish peals off but hell - try and remove it with various things and its a tedious nightmare! eventually got it off and sanded lightly. Washed, cleaned and dried. Did two very light coats first. Third coat and guess what...... there were two spots that still had original crap and it started bubbling!!! I was 100% sure I had removed it all even with the sanding, looked like it - alas I had not! Did some more sanding and wet papering and started again. In all I think I did around 5 or 6 coats in matt black and it looks great, very happy with the result.

I did not do the button areas as those were still 100% and to try get the buttons out or tape them up I was not much in the mood - but there is very little, if no difference between the finish - will just need to give those areas a nice clean.

What I will say is those of you wanting to do this little exercise, take your time and make sure that all the original finish is completely removed. Dont try and spray over any areas that still has it on as the new paint acts like a stripper on it, causing it to bubble and makes you restart the entire job!

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11-07-2018, 09:31 PM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
Thumbs before and after pics will help

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12-07-2018, 12:35 PM
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RE: steering wheel refurb
(11-07-2018 09:31 PM)MikeR Wrote:  Thumbs before and after pics will help

Good point, I got stuck in without even thinking about pics Hammerhead
The original trim was not too bad, basically only the areas under the T sections was worn off. The end result looks great though in my view. I will post a pic ASAP.

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12-07-2018, 05:39 PM
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(11-07-2018 09:31 PM)MikeR Wrote:  Thumbs before and after pics will help



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13-07-2018, 06:51 PM
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Great job


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