how the pros re­fur­bish a steer­ing wheel

Top Gear (Philippines) - - The Garage -

01 Ex­am­ine the leather very closely, be­cause maybe it just needs to be re­con­di­tioned. But if you feel that it is too far gone, it’s time to strip the old leather off. Use a blade or a ra­zor to re­move the stitch­ing from the wheel. Be very care­ful and make sure that you don’t cut any of the ex­ist­ing leather. This will play an im­por­tant part later on.

02 Take your time when peel­ing the old leather back. Don’t tug at it vi­o­lently be­cause you might end up rip­ping the foam away. Us­ing a white crayon, mark where the leather folds over. You will use this as your guide later. If the foam is dam­aged, you will have to build it up us­ing epoxy or resin, and sand it down.

03 Now would be a good time to give the spokes of the wheel a good clean. Af­ter that, lay the orig­i­nal leather down on some card­board and trace it. Be as pre­cise as pos­si­ble. Some of the curves will be com­plex. With this pat­tern, cut the new leather.

04 Stitch both sides to­gether, and con­nect both ends with a closed seam. Slide the cover on the wheel. It should be a snug fit. Use the crayon marks as a guide for where the leather should go. Start stitch­ing from the mid­dle spoke and work your way up to avoid any align­ment is­sues. Take your time and be pa­tient when stitch­ing the rest of the leather to­gether. When done right, your wheel will look as good as new.

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