Steering Wheel Restoration

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Steering Wheel Restoration

Post by Specialdeluxe » Wed Jul 2nd, 2008 5:44

Anyone have good luck restoring their steering wheel? I gave it a shot when I was restoring a '64 Larson runabout boat. I used some epoxy putty to fill in the cracks and gaps. Everything went well and looked great until I was tapping the finished wheel onto the steering spindle and all of the epoxy putty fell out. Bummer.

Here's a tutorial on restoring steering wheels. It's pretty much what I tried.

http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public/475.cfm
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Post by jiol » Fri Jul 4th, 2008 2:58

Hi, I work as a carpainter and ive done some steeringwheels with good result.

I dont know how wide your cracks is, but the final result usually gets better if you grind them out in a V shape. if you just fill the gap it will crack again sooner or later.

I use a small angle grinder (air) with a very thin cutting disc and a really small grinding mashine (air) with p80 disc.

when the crack is gone (what ls left is made by the grinder no sharp edges from the original crack) I usa a 2 component epoxy glue, not the superglue but the one that hardens over the night. you might have to repeat the glueing a couple of times and then you sand it with p120-240 before every new layer of glue.

and when the most of it is filled up with glue(3/4) you fill up the rest with usuall 2 component putty and go on with primer and paint

always use 2 component materials and keep away from the spraycans. /Jimmy

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Post by Specialdeluxe » Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 9:21

I have a spare steering wheel now so I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks for the tips!
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