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The leather on my steering wheel (a three spoke unit from an early 6-Series) is starting to peel. I think I accelerated the process by trying to clean it with too strong a cleaner. Oops. The leather is starting to come off of the wheel.

I've gotten some quotes to have it restored - not replaced. Seems most are around $125. That's a lot for a wheel, but I'm told it will look and feel about like new.

Does that price sound about right? Has anyone had experience restoring a steering wheel?

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be very careful......see other wheels done by same person....

make sure you love the wheel enough to do it......

find out all the steps being done on it.

I recall a well respected place in TX actually.

You can re wrap a wheel for 200 or so on up......and even then some work is really bad.

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Rather than assuming it needs to be redone, it would be worth investigating whether some form of leather treatment could resolve your problem, based on what I am observing from your photo.

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How about a universal "stitch on" leather wrap? Probably can pick these up for less than $50 and bet it would look 90% of "brand new".

Also wheelskins: http://www.wheelskins.com/original_wheelskin.php?manu=BMW

Just some options. Like the others I would make sure you love the wheel first (and also look on the 6 series boards, maybe one is being sold for less that is in better shape!).

~Jason

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I have done at least three wheels with wheelskins and they all came out great! I recently did one exactly like yours for my daughter. You can't really tell the difference.

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m-racer wrote:

Alan Gunn Leather, AGLA in Florida does

outstanding work. They usually advertise

in the Roundel. They re-did an Alpina

wheel for me with custom blue and

green stitching. Great results.

7027 W Broward Blvd

Plantation, FL 33317

(800) 780-4500

http://www.aglausa.com/p/home.html

bill williams wrote :

http://www.american-stitches.com/

Paul Huber gave me a Euro Bus wheel for my touring and it needed a bit of care. I sent it to American Stitches

http://www.american-stitches.com/

for refurbishment. They did a nice job on the cover. They painted the spokes a bit too shiny for my taste but it looks good. I did find out the original cover on the bus wheel will not come off. It is vulcanized on there or something like that. So, I had AS just cover over it. It still looks about the same size.

I had Royal Silver, talk to Mac, in Norfolk re-chrome the three pieces of chrome. The center cap, I just cleaned that up.

Royal Silver

3300 Chesapeake Blvd

Norfolk, VA 23513

(757) 855-6004

Royal Silver is one of the oldest chrome companies in the US. I found out that chrome was introduced to the automotive industry in the 20s but not widely used until the 50s. I think that was the time frame. Up until then, bumpers and other parts were just plated in the copper and nickel. The nickel would tarnish, that is why those older folks here, had to polish the bumpers on our Pops' and older brothers' cars. The chrome was added to the nickel to eliminate the tarnishing. Mac also told me to clean new chrome pieces with window cleaner, nothing else.

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Thanks gents. I will definitely see finished products before committing.

The Wheelskins look good, but I don't think they would work well with this particular wheel since the leather goes a good ways into the spokes. One of the E21 sport wheels would be fine for that.

And this leather is beyond the point of simply cleaning - it is starting to flake off.

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Just wanted to bump this to see if anyone has had any recent success with having a vintage wheel recovered? I recently purchased a very cool wheel that has a horrible re-wrap that I would like to have done to look more period correct. Any good references?

 

Also, anyone had any experience/thoughts about doing a leather wrap "transplant"? I have the exact same wheel and size with destroyed spokes but very nice original leather. Anyone ever have anybody attempt this? Results? 

 

John

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Ha.  Bumping a really old thread.

 

Transplant? Seems like a lot of work, and it probably won't look or attach right.  If you are going to have it re-done, have it re-done right.

 

I've used Craft Customs for 2 of my cars, and both times it came out perfect. Not just good.  Perfect.

 

Here's one:

 

Racing.jpg

 

Here's the other:

 

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http://www.craftcustoms.com/

 

 

Edited by Kidasters

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Alan Gunn (AGLA) has had issues with quality & customer service in the past few years, according to feedback from other forum members, so I would not advise using him.

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I used Alan Gunn last year. Dealing with him was interesting. He cut a new leather wheel cover and sent it to me next day. I rewraooed the wheel myself. All went well. What didn't go well was I called him after I got the wheel cover and asked if I could BUY thread in Blue. I didn't ask when I ordered the wheel cover and he sent black. He said he had some and would ship it free. That never arrived. I recovered the wheel with the included black thread. Came out great. Just like new. I would use him again. I hear that people that have sent him wheels were disappointed in the timeliness and the end result. That's what I heard. I had no issues with him cutting a new leather cover and sending it to me. It fit perfectly and like I said looks and feels great. I think it was $75 or so for the cover. 

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Ha.  Bumping a really old thread.
 
Transplant? Seems like a lot of work, and it probably won't look or attach right.  If you are going to have it re-done, have it re-done right.
 
I've used Craft Customs for 2 of my cars, and both times it came out perfect. Not just good.  Perfect.
 
Here's one:
 
Racing.jpg&key=56fed09e2173092bc662d50f18d52b65ceb0fc218c53d6d8452f73c4c2d981e4
 
Here's the other:
 
Porsche-911-steering-wheel-Leather-a.JPG&key=9bb7c74c3913f82b84372f80dd06f3615f276541199e7b3563acf4d706056762
 
http://www.craftcustoms.com/
 
 


They must cut the leather themselves huh? Looks really nice.


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They did Scott.  It's even better than that.

 

Here's the top wheel installed:

 

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They actually special ordered the leather from Italy.  Also - the stitching on the wheel (pattern) is unique to Ferrari, and they did it perfectly.

 

I just realized that the pic I pulled from their site isn't mine.

 

The bottom wheel, I asked them to wrap it double thick, and use red stitching.  

 

Here it is installed

 

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Edited by Kidasters

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Ive used agla.....not good.

 

 

that ferrari wheel looks great.....

 

 

can I ask costs?....or did I miss that

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5 minutes ago, jrkoupe said:

Ive used agla.....not good.

 

 

that ferrari wheel looks great.....

 

 

can I ask costs?....or did I miss that

 

I think they were both around $350 each.

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