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Steve Dabrowski    Posted 01-17-2019 at 15:58:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Steering Wheel restoration
  • Referencing a recent post regarding steering wheel restoration, I restored my 8N original steering wheel with little cost and some patient effort. The wheel had some cracks and the points where the plastic met the spokes was worn down quite a bit. I got on you-tube and looked at various videos and decided I could do that and did. First I got some POR15 epoxy putty, a two part firm material that you cut off and mix like modeling clay. Then I dug out the cracks with my Dremel tool and roughed the worn sections where plastic met metal and proceeded to fill with the putty and mould it pretty close. After drying sanded to get what I wanted (took a few tries) and the used some Rustoleum primer and then painted it all black. Finally I masked the steel spokes and center and took it over to a nearby body and paint shop and asked them to shoot the plastic with clear coat the next time they were doing a car.

    Turned out very well and cost was only for the putty-the paint guy didn't charge me at all and the clear coated plastic contrasts with the straight black of the spokes and looks perfectly new. Besides the after market units cost they have squared off moulding where the plastic meets the spokes which looks definitely un original.

    I sent Tim Daley a photo which I asked him to put up for me so the result can be seen.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-18-2019 at 05:29:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Good idea Steve! I was thinking of using just plastic-goop, the stuff that is used to coat and protect new gages. It's not hard plastic, more rubbery but would pass a visual test.

    Tim Daley(MI)

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