: Dead body skin... wait no, thats the steering wheel.



Benzilla
07-08-06, 12:56 AM
The leather steering wheel in my '79 Phaeton Coupe is shot, partly because it spent 20 odd years in the California sun, and also partly because after some 20 odd years, somebody decided it would be a good idea to put a vinyl steering wheel cover over it! Which made it sort of twist and wrinkle. So now it looks like dead body skin. Where can I get another one? Or would it be easier to take it to an apholstory shop and have them recover it? I talked to my usual guy, and he said the last time he had one sent out, it never came back, so he won't touch it. So should I find somebody who knows what the hell they're doing, or just replace it? I read a topic on this a long time ago, but now I can't find it. I think it was by Dopestar. can anyone help me out?

Frost
07-08-06, 03:41 AM
Isn't there a place called "Wheel skins" or some such that can take your own wheel and re-do it for you? I think if you do a search, you'll locate it. From what I remember, they aren't cheap, but they do excellent work.

Good luck.

Benzilla
07-08-06, 03:58 AM
Wheelskins is a company that makes leather steering wheel covers that you lace up and put on yourself. I thought about getting one, I even got leather samples but the color isin't quite close enough for me, and the grain of the leather isin't fine enough.

maby your thinking of something else?

And WTF is with the viagra guy???

Frost
07-08-06, 06:08 AM
IDK about the viagara stuff - thought maybe you have a problem?!?!?

Let me check through my bookmarks. there is a place out there that re-does the leather on steering wheels ...

MangoLovesYou
07-08-06, 08:37 AM
That add is a rip off- those pills dont work for shit.

bicentennialcadillac
07-08-06, 10:35 AM
For plastic steering wheel restoration ... http://www.dealsonwheels.com/parts/garys/

For leather wheel restoration ... http://www.american-stitches.com/

Both were referred to me, but I haven't used either yet.

Rick186
07-08-06, 11:06 AM
That ad is like many others that invade any BB they can to Fxxk up the BB with their $#it. The moderator should delete it ASAP.

They are usually done on a mass mailing basis.

I'm the moderator on another BB and "doorkeeper" with approval stops just to stop crap like that. I reply to the sender with appropriate questions which usually get no reply. Then they go away.

Note this garbage came from overseas.

Stoneage_Caddy
07-08-06, 12:07 PM
what ad ? i dont see an ad .....gee , wonder where that ad went ....

LOL .....

just a note , if you all see stuff like this be sure to report a bad post by clicking on the little red exclamation mark .....

ill see what i can dig up on steering wheel reapir ...i know i got some stuff when i was gonna have mine done (the color was wearing off) ...but i got that taken care of locally

Frost
07-08-06, 01:19 PM
that's the one, Benzilla - American Stitches.

Benzilla
07-08-06, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the help guys, it looks like American Stitches does great work, but how do you tell them what color you want? I mean I want it in the original color, but the way it is now its really faded to like a yellow-ish tan color (used to be saddle). so how would they know to do it in the original correct saddle?

77CDV
07-08-06, 04:36 PM
Ben,

The seats were recently redone, and I assume you want the wheel to match. So, take a good clear close-up pic of one of the seats (for the color and also for the leather grain you want) and have them use that as a color swatch. You won't get a perfect match (dye lot variations, you know), but they should be able to come real close. Good luck!

Craig

Benzilla
07-08-06, 08:33 PM
good idea, or I could do like when you order leather dye, and cut out a small piece from under the seat, theres probably plenty because the seats were redone.

Frost
07-09-06, 03:32 AM
From what i remember on previous posts where guys have used their service, they do excellent work. As long as you either have a spare wheel to put on in the interim, or don't plan on driving the car until it comes back, you should be OK with it.

I think they take a couple of weeks to do their thing, don't they?

Benzilla
08-22-06, 12:12 AM
Hey, I just found this leather steering wheel from an '80s Brougham on ebay.
eBay Motors: leather wrapped cadillac steering wheel telescoping (item 230019063280 end time Aug-22-06 14:35:19 PDT) (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/leather-wrapped-cadillac-steering-wheel-telescoping_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33704QQihZ0 13QQitemZ230019063280QQrdZ1)

That seems like a great deal to me, so do you think I should buy that and dye it? I could get some dye from leathervinylcare.com or something, the only thing I'm worried about is going from... that, to saddle.

If I could get it dyed right, it seems like a much better deal than Americam Stitches.

What do you guys think?

Frost
08-22-06, 04:47 AM
Ben - thanks for the cardomain action. That wheel looks pristine! And for the price, why not get it?

I went to leathermagic.com for the dye kit that changed my dove grey to montana blue and it wasn't difficult at all. Perfect match to my interior, too. They have all the colour codes for our cars, just match the numbers up when you order.

Going to a lighter colour may need an extra coat or two (I ended up putting 3 coats on mine, but they say you can get awa with 2). Lightly sand between coats to allow the next coat to "grab" the surface.

N.B. After the dye has cured, do yourself a favour and put 2 coats of satin polyurethane on it to "seal" the colour in. I have had NO ISSUES at all with the colour coming off.

Cadboy425
08-22-06, 03:34 PM
re:bicentennialcadillac

Re: Dead body skin... wait no, thats the steering wheel.
For plastic steering wheel restoration ... http://www.dealsonwheels.com/parts/garys/

For leather wheel restoration ... http://www.american-stitches.com/

Both were referred to me, but I haven't used either yet.


As a side note. I have used Garys Steering wheel restoration for the plastic wheel and woodgrain rim. I found it next to impossible to find a 77 Caddy steering wheel (blue) w/ no cracks and the woodgrain intact. He did a good job and my steering wheel came out great and he replaced the missing woodgrain rim!

Benzilla
08-22-06, 06:46 PM
Ben - thanks for the cardomain action. That wheel looks pristine! And for the price, why not get it?

I went to leathermagic.com for the dye kit that changed my dove grey to montana blue and it wasn't difficult at all. Perfect match to my interior, too. They have all the colour codes for our cars, just match the numbers up when you order.

Going to a lighter colour may need an extra coat or two (I ended up putting 3 coats on mine, but they say you can get awa with 2). Lightly sand between coats to allow the next coat to "grab" the surface.

N.B. After the dye has cured, do yourself a favour and put 2 coats of satin polyurethane on it to "seal" the colour in. I have had NO ISSUES at all with the colour coming off.

I bought it.

I've heard of leathermagic, but have never seen their products used, if its good enough for you, its good enough for me. Wouldn't the polyurethane sort of seal the leather over? I thought leather had to breathe?

Also, do you have to use a seprate dye for vinyl/plasitcs? Because the center of my steering wheel is sort of become more tan over the years, and with the new steering wheel ring, I'd like it to match. Will I have to get another $50 set of dye to do that?

Frost
08-22-06, 09:11 PM
Well Ben - I ended up using the leather dye for the vinyl, too - 'cuz I can be a cheap bastard at times, and there was SO much of the dye left over, that I figgered "Why not? The worst that can happen is that I have to strip it off and then go and get the right kit and do it over" (I've been known to carry on conversations with myself, too).

But, sonnomabitch, it worked like a charm! I poly'd that too - for extra insurance. I haven't had any breathing concerns with it afterwards and it is going past 2 years now in my somewhat sweaty hands, on a daily basis.

For something small like a wheel, I wouldn't let it bother me. But I'd never put poly on my seating surfaces. Just to be sure about the breathing issue.

Benzilla
08-22-06, 09:22 PM
Sweet, you just saved me $50. :)

Now, where would I get this clear polyurethane that you speak of? is it a spray, brush on, what?

Frost
08-23-06, 03:18 AM
Home DEpot, in their paint and stain section. MINWAX has a product called "Wipe-on poly" that comes in a satin finish.

DopeStar 156
08-23-06, 03:34 AM
Your car doesn't happen to be brown leather does it?

Benzilla
08-23-06, 04:01 AM
Antique saddle, why?

DopeStar 156
08-23-06, 09:59 AM
I have a mint brown leather steering wheel.....

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/wheel1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/wheel2.jpg

Benzilla
08-25-06, 01:56 PM
Thats to dark.

Sorry it took so long for me to respond, my internet has been messed up.

Frost
08-26-06, 03:48 AM
BTW Man, haven't you ever heard of Ajax or Comet Cleaner? Those rust stains around the drain hole are gross!

Benzilla
08-26-06, 03:36 PM
lol, mine looks the same way right now, I'm sort of lazy when it comes to scrubbing gunk and rust out of drains when I could be washing a Cadillac.

DopeStar 156
08-27-06, 05:00 AM
BTW Man, haven't you ever heard of Ajax or Comet Cleaner? Those rust stains around the drain hole are gross!

Feel free to swing by and scrub it.....

:yawn:

Frost
08-28-06, 09:27 AM
I'll take a pass DS - I stopped cleaning up other people's messes a long time ago.

My_favorite_Brougham
10-30-06, 07:51 PM
My '90 Brougham's steering wheel also looks bad - it's very discolored and when it's humid outside, it gets all sticky and puddy-like - gross. I don't really care about the leather, in fact I might want to see the wood trim. But if I cut off the leather, will it be a regular wheel? Or is it differented for the leather-trimmed ones? I don't want to make it look worse.