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A 355nation How To presented by
DirtyKoala

Refresh your steering wheel to brand a new appearance

Project Description
Get that original soft luster back in your steering wheel!

Skill Level
Easy

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2007
Engine: 3.5L
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No

Tools Needed
  • Pitcher/Bowl/Bucket (something to hold water in)
  • Microfiber or Terry Cloth Towel
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Project Time
10 Minutes

Project Cost
$4

This is a really simple how to and a must do for all of the vehicles that I've purchased used. After a few years of use, leather steering wheels become hard and shiny and looks like cheap plastic. It also gets slippery when your hands are wet. This how-to will restore the soft luster that came from the factory; giving you better grip, prolonged life of your steering wheel leather, and a freshened up the look of your interior.


  1. Gather Materials
    You'll need a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, a pitcher or something to hold water in to keep your magic eraser wet, and a rag to clean up after yourself and keep your pants dry.

  2. Wet the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser per the instructions
    It should be pretty damp throughout this process, using the magic eraser on your steering wheel when dry could cause damage so be sure to keep it wet while you work.


  3. Time to get started!
    Place your rag on your lap to keep your pants dry, then use the Magic Eraser to clean the steering wheel. I like to start at a seam and work about 1/4 - 1/3 of the wheel at a time. Then I wash out and re-wet the Magic Eraser in my pitcher. Gently scrub the steering wheel and be sure to go all around and get the finger grooves and the stitches. As you complete your 1/4 section, dry it off with your rag, pat dry first, then lightly rub dry if needed. As soon as you dry the section you should see your final results.


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  4. (Optional)
    If you decide to do this step, use caution!
    I like to go over the steering wheel with a leather protectant when I'm done. My favorite is 303 aerospace, lexol is also good, so is zymol, I'm sure there are tons more great ones out there. Just make sure you go over the steering wheel very lightly so it does not become slippery. I would also caution against using any armor all product for this (or for anything really), as i havent found one that isnt greasy.

 

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I use 303 as well for my detailing company. Stuffs expensive but man it's great. The reason Armour All is a product to stay away from is because it contains silicone which does make it greasy, but more notably is that it actually dries out the leather in the long run; it provides a finish that may look nice to some but it doesn't actually condition ir protect the leather. Another thing to note about that 303 is that it has an SPf which is great for the dash and door panels to protect from fading.

Great write up, that's an incredible difference
 

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I need to do this nice write up thanks
 

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Never thought about this! Great how-to!!! :thumbup: I will try this soon
 

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Looks great and a sweet idea buddy! Thank you for the how too!
 

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Nice!
 

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I'm gonna have to go get an eraser now and do this.
 

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very good write up.. never use Armoral for anything it's greasy like you said, and it has silicion in it which causes fish eyes in paint, even if you only do the inside of your vehicle, it still finds it's way to the out side and is very difficult to remove the residue, even after sanding and using wax and grease remover it will often still contaminate the paint. It also destroys plastics and accelerates fading. Only time I would use it is to make a faded crappy interior look ok for resale.
 

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Just did this today on my 07 Canyon, made such a difference that my fiance actually commented on it!

Great how to! :thumbup:
 

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Just did this today on my 07 Canyon, made such a difference that my fiance actually commented on it!

Great how to! :thumbup:
Well now you've done gave yourself up. She now thinks you know how to clean stuff well and will expand your honey-do list.
 

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For the leather, use either Connolly Hide Care, or Leatherique Leather Care. Neither are greasy.

For the dash, use 303.

There was some other stuff that had a cleaner and a separate protectant. I cant for the life of me remember what it was called but the cleaner had a pleasant lemony smell, and the protectant had a pleasant vanilla/ coconut smell that wasnt greasy and didnt "off gas" to fog the windows like armorall does.
 
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