how the pros refurbish a steering wheel
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.