G3GM
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.

Steering wheel CRAP !

Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by ss2323ss on Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:08 pm

How can you get that sticky crap off the steering wheel after a car sits for a long time !!!! Tried soaking and the car wash but no luck !! Its in the dishwasher now!! Any ideas ?
ss2323ss
ss2323ss
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:30 pm

That is the plastic actually breaking down and trying to revert back to the crude oil that it was made from. There is nothing you can do about it. I have heard of people trying to sand it down and then buffing it back to a finish near what it was new, but it was a LOT of work and never was worth the effort because you never could sand enough off to get rid of the deteriated top layer of plastic. I just broke down and bought a wheel cover from Pep Boys and streached it until it went on. Looks kind of odd with a green steering wheel and a gray and black cover. JB
JB2wheeler
JB2wheeler
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 28

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:49 pm

That stuff is a p.i.t.a. to remove. I'm sure that by the time you've read this, you'll have discovered the dishwasher treatment didn't work. I've cleaned a couple steering wheels that were pretty bad by using Spray N Wash (it's marketed as a degreaser), Soft Scrub and a scrubbing pad like those that are a sponge on one side and a coarse mat'l on the other. You have to scrub like crazy. I've even gone so far as to use an S.O.S. or Brillo pad...but, be aware those will probably dull the finish once the gunk is removed; although an application of conditioner (ArmorAll) will usually restore the looks. Seems I remember on one wheel I used a blade to gently scrape as much of the stuff off as possible before scrubbing it. Suggest you start with the scrubbing pad and Spray N Wash and see if that works. Next try the Soft Scrub. Last resort, the Brillo pad as gently as you can and still get the gunk off. Anyone else have a better idea?
Mcarlo77
Mcarlo77
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 71

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by ss2323ss on Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:13 pm

Thanks for the info... Guess I will clean it as good as I can then get a wrap for It !!!!!
ss2323ss
ss2323ss
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:28 pm

ARMOR ALL WIPES

ive actually found the glass cleaning ones work the best, just scrub them really hard...no lie.
TWBouska AKA Wooderson
TWBouska AKA Wooderson
G3GM Enthusiast
G3GM Enthusiast

Street Cred : 6

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:13 pm

The steering wheel in my dad's '70 Chevelle is starting to do that.

But, it doesn't matter, because it NEVER gets driven.

74MonteCarlo
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 17

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:38 pm

That's a shame (the car not being driven, that is). Too many of us let these classics just sit in the garage and forget to enjoy the thrill of driving them.
Mcarlo77
Mcarlo77
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 71

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:49 pm

He really needs to sell it.

It needs a total mechanical overhaul. It does run, but needs a lot of work.

He'll never do it. Sell it to someone who will give it the care it deserves.

I know someone who is DYING to have that car. And he would give it proper care. But he'll never sell it. He's had it since '82. It will just sit and rot.

True '70 SS 396 convertible with A/C.

74MonteCarlo
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 17

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Probably a lot of guys DYING to have that car!
Mcarlo77
Mcarlo77
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 71

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:33 pm

Lol, probably.

74MonteCarlo
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 17

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 1973 Buick Century on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:09 pm

I used Simple Green with a scrub brush, a fair amount of time, and elbow grease to get that sticky goop of mine. Then I used a 3M vinyl/plastic protectant on it. As of now, it seems to have worked. The SG left a white residue in the cracks but the 3M stuff made it vanish.
1973 Buick Century
1973 Buick Century
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:10 pm

When I had my '74 Chevelle, I used mineral spirits.

Don't have that problem on the Monte though.

74MonteCarlo
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 17

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 1973 Buick Century on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:12 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:That's a shame (the car not being driven, that is). Too many of us let these classics just sit in the garage and forget to enjoy the thrill of driving them.

It drives me crazy not driving mine when they are in winter storage. As soon as the salt is gone off the roads, I take my cars out for a nice long ride. It's what a car is engineered to do, to drive.
1973 Buick Century
1973 Buick Century
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 1973 Buick Century on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:14 pm

Kyle.

What I worry about mineral spirits, that it drys out the rubber/plastic and may discolor it too.
1973 Buick Century
1973 Buick Century
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 0

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:28 pm

I followed up with Armor-All. I only had do do it a couple times, and it never came back.

74MonteCarlo
G3GM Fanatic
G3GM Fanatic

Street Cred : 17

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:23 am

I chunked mine for a Grant... Smile
The Dude
The Dude
Management
Management

Street Cred : 48

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:13 pm

SEM makes a soap for vinyl & plastic parts such as steering wheels, trim, etc... I used it after trying all sorts of household cleaners. The SEM soap draws the dirt out of all the little nooks but it still took me a couple of hours to get it to the point that I felt comfortable painting it. (Was very dirty though and wheel was cleaned off the column).

http://semproducts.com/Catalog.asp?prod=86
77mali
77mali
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 62

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by texan01 on Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:05 pm

I took mine off, filled the kitchen sink with some dish soap and some of the hottest water you can stand and soaked it in there. Took about 10 minutes of scrubbing with a soft brush to knock the rest of the really caked on gunk off.

All that black stuff is just dirt and grease from your hands over the years. Mine now looks as good as the day it was made.

texan01
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 6

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by 77mali on Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:34 am

Here's the B-4 & After (Mold, Mildew & Hand Grime)
Steering wheel CRAP ! Dsc01213
Steering wheel CRAP ! P1000310
77mali
77mali
Donating Member
Donating Member

Street Cred : 62

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by abajc3 on Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:20 pm

wow, that was nasty!

abajc3
G3GM Member
G3GM Member

Street Cred : 3

Back to top Go down

Steering wheel CRAP ! Empty Re: Steering wheel CRAP !

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum