How To Restore Your Steering Wheel So That It Looks Good As New

Your steering wheel is exposed to a lot of sun and heat. Every time you park your car outside during the summer, you increase the amount of sun that your steering wheel is exposed to and increase how brittle it is. Because your hands are constantly touching the steering wheel, they are putting additional pressure on it. The pressure, combined with the brittleness of your steering wheel, causes cracking over time. Here's how you can fix these cracks and restore your steering wheel so that it looks as good as new.

1. Remove the Steering Wheel and Wash It

First, take the steering wheel off your car. Refer to the owner's manual for the precise steps to do this. Once you have it detached, use a sponge to wash it with warm, soapy water. This will get rid of any dust or dirt that might be on the front.

2. Get Rid of Any Oil

Next, go to the hardware store and purchase a paint preparation spray that is designed to prepare the surface of your vehicle for painting. You can use this same spray on your steering wheel to remove any oils. Simply spray the surface preparation mixture onto your steering wheel and use a clean, microfiber cloth to wipe it off. This will remove the oil that you have left there by touching it with your hands.

3. Fill the Cracks With Epoxy

Use an epoxy to fill the cracks. You are going to want to fill the cracks in with a tip that is in the shape of a "v" so that you can fill it evenly throughout. Make sure that you fill the crack so that it is slightly overflowing. Then, allow the epoxy to dry overnight.

4. Sand the Epoxy

Next, sand down the dried epoxy so that it is level with the steering wheel. Start with a rougher grain of sandpaper and then finish with a smoother grain to get the best look.

5. Prime and Paint

Finally, apply several coats of automobile primer to your vehicle. Look for primers that are specifically designed for steering wheels. Allow the primer to dry. Then, apply the coat of paint that you want to be the topcoat and let everything dry completely. Your steering wheel should look as good as new.

For more information about restoring your steering wheel, contact a company that specializes in truck repair.