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Better pictures, in the sun.
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I couldn’t find what Midtown suggested, except on Amazon, so I got some Groit’s to start with.
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I will let you know if it helps.
I did notice when I got in the car today it didn’t feel as bad as last night. It was WAY less humid. I’m thinking that has something to do with it.
 

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That looks like it might come clean. I think a lot of skin oil has built up in the area, hence the shiny appearance. I've cleaned a lot of steering wheels at work, and some of them take a lot more effort than you'd think to clean completely. I'm not sure how aggressive that cleaner is, but you might need a product with a bit more emulsifying power to strip the oil. We use Meguiars D181 which is only a cleaner as we typically don't condition leather.
 

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I’m going to soak it with the Groits overnight and see what happens. I’ll move onto other products mentioned of need.
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That looks like the color wearing off it. If it is you can get an aerosol can to redo it. People usually have good results but I've always been leary of how well it holds up long term on a surface that's touched so much.
Do you use hand sanitizer a lot when you get into your car? That can make surfaces like that wear faster.
 

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Do you use hand sanitizer a lot when you get into your car? That can make surfaces like that wear faster.
Not so much anymore. I’ve never been a huge fan of that stuff, but when COVID really took hold I started using it every time. Especially considering what I do for work. But that was in my 15 and I wrote it off to that. But the truck prior and this car I can’t use that excuse.
If it comes down to painting it, I’ll probably just put a cover on it. cringe

I looked up new steering wheels 😯$$$. Maybe a junkyard. I really don’t know. I just know that I won’t be able to leave it that way. Hopefully the Groits soak will help. I soaked a microfiber cloth with it and wrapped it around that spot. Either that or I’m “waterlogging” it.
 

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Not so much anymore. I’ve never been a huge fan of that stuff, but when COVID really took hold I started using it every time. Especially considering what I do for work. But that was in my 15 and I wrote it off to that. But the truck prior and this car I can’t use that excuse.
If it comes down to painting it, I’ll probably just put a cover on it. cringe

I looked up new steering wheels $$$. Maybe a junkyard. I really don’t know. I just know that I won’t be able to leave it that way. Hopefully the Groits soak will help. I soaked a microfiber cloth with it and wrapped it around that spot. Either that or I’m “waterlogging” it.
There are companies thay redo the wraps at a much lower cost than buying a new wheel....if it comes down to that.
 

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Once the surface color prematurely wears off all these treatments will do is soften and condition the leather. It will not repair the damaged area.

You can have it re-wraped but as long as you have acid hands or use excess amounts of germ lotions and don't let them dry it will do it again. Adding the treatment regime to the interior cleaning checklist to slow it down.

I would just buy a quality steering wheel cover.
 

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Updated picture after a night of soaking in the Groit’s. Looks about the same but feels smoother. Guess I’ll look into a junk used or a wrap.
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Here's mine for example. A 2013 with 163k miles. No where even close to that. Yours looks like my wife's Kia did. Completely wore through the shiny layer.

That's a much clearer picture there that you posted. Unfortunately I'd say it's shot. Either a wrap, cover, or replace are really your only options.

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Yeah, I’m looking at wraps now. 🫤

I’m sure the AZ sun hasn’t find it any favors either, on top of my driving habits. That’s the top of the wheel, where the sun hits it, even when it’s parked. No, I don’t have a sunscreen.

Oh well, thanks to all. I’ll fix it one way or another and let you know.
 

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Does anyone have any knowledge of these people?
I'm tempted to try depending on whether I can get my local person to do something. I haven't seen anyone else's comments on this vendor but if I take the plunge I'll report back on this discussion.
 

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Discussion Starter · #33 · (Edited)
For those that are interested, I finally starting to make progress.

i have been alternating soaking the steering with the Jay Leno’s leather cleaner one night and the Groits conditioner the next. Progressively using using the Groit’s more than the cleaner.
I spray the wheel and a microfiber cloth, then wrap the wheel and leave it over night. It’s obviously a very slow process, but I think It’s doing “something”. If nothing else, it FEELS better.
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Discussion Starter · #34 · (Edited)
Moral of the story is, no matter how much you care for and baby the car, e.g. washing, washing, polishing, PPF, oil, gas, air cleaners, etc… don’t forget to treat your leather.
Even if the only leather you have in your car is the steering wheel and shifter.

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ALSO, something else that I found out.
Periodically buckle your seatbelt (when you’re not in it) and clean the seatbelt. You know that we all have that “favorite” shirt. Well, as trivial as it sounds, I basically ruined mine. It’s just a basic plain Grunt Style shirt, but because I spend so much time in my car every day, in and out, the belt has left a permanent diagonal mark across the front. It’s faint, but it’s there. Trivial, but still.
 

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UPDATE:
I have been alternating between the Leno’s Leather cleaner and the Groit’s Cleaning and Conditioner.
One day I clean the hell out it and nightly I soak an car wash micro fiber with the Groits and wrap the steering wheel with it, leaving it over night.
It seems to be coming back to its original state.
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You need to wear driving gloves so you can keep acids off the wheel and give it a nice shining as you drive. :)
I’m beginning to agree with that.
 

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It looks better, but you can still tell it's shot. It looks like you're just masking the damage. I'd rather a roughed up leather wheel than a slick one due to the products.
 
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