The steering wheel may say a lot about your car. Especially if you are buying the second hand one. A damaged, worn steering wheel reflects the car’s age and mileage.
There are ways to make it look better. Not only for the sales purposes, but simply to make it appearance more attractive. All of that can be done yourself, especially if you are a DIY fan, but it is always better to have it done by a professional. Of course sometimes it is best to buy a steering wheel. Brand new or a second hand one. But for those who prefer a small challenge, we have those three ways of refreshing the steering wheel. Please note we only discuss the ones with leather trimming. For the plastic ones you can simply buy a right size cover matching it.
To change the visuals of the steering wheel you can use three popular methods.
Fresh paint coating
If the leather cover is not torn nor cut in anyway, rather than replacing it, you can simply refresh it. Such service can be offered by some repair stores, but you can perform it yourself as well. First you need to clean it, decrease it and smooth it with some fine sandpaper. It needs to be done gently so the leather was not damaged. After it has been done you simply need to apply the paint or a special ink for such use. The biggest advantage of this method is that it keeps the factory seams. If the repair is done carefully and precisely it is hardly detectable.
Swapping the leather upholstery is a difficult task. You will most likely find a lot of such service online but it is not an easy job, so if you choose to have it done by someone, it is good to see their previous works of such kind. It is important to use leather of good quality. If you chose the material that is to delicate, it will most likely fade and get wiped after few months, and you will have to repeat it. Therefore it is best to look for good quality leather or ask for advice the professionals who deal with it on daily basis. If such repair is performed well, the steering wheel regains its original shine and attractiveness.
The cheapest way of renewing the steering wheel are the DIY sets available in markets or petrol stations. It is the pre – made cover with holes in it for the needle and thread. The final result will depend on your skills, but you can always tell that it has not been done by a professional. It can be a temporary solution if the steering wheel need to be taken care of immediately.