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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-29-2008, 10:26 AM
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Question Steering Wheel Restoration

I have a 1998 528i.

I want to know what people have done about the steering wheel getting worn out. Especially at 12 o'clock, where the hand is almost ALWAYS resting at.

It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

Suggestions are welcomed

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Old 02-29-2008, 10:31 AM
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Buy a new steering wheel
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:46 AM
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That sounds like a solution
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:59 AM
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I have a 1998 528i.

I want to know what people have done about the steering wheel getting worn out. Especially at 12 o'clock, where the hand is almost ALWAYS resting at.

It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

Suggestions are welcomed

Thanks
Take a bottle and mix in 10 parts water to 1 part household cleaner (bleach/ammonia free, something like 409 will work fine). Mix it in a bottle and apply it to a white rag. Wipe the steering wheel down. You will notice the rag will be almost black. Keep repeating this process until the rag stays clean. Let the wheel dry a few minutes, then give it a feel. I guarantee it will feel great. If it does not come clean, just increase the strength of the cleaner, say 5 water and 1 part cleaner. You won't hurt anything.

This will not "restore" the wheel, but will clean off the years of crap that has built up and will restore the original feel. I suppose the only way to actually "restore" the wheel would be to replace it. Hope this helped, I had great results using this procedure.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:03 AM
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Well I can clean it fine, but the dullness will remain on there. What I was asking was, wether there was a way to bring back the glossy shine with any kind of product out there?
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I have a 1998 528i.

I want to know what people have done about the steering wheel getting worn out. Especially at 12 o'clock, where the hand is almost ALWAYS resting at.

It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

Suggestions are welcomed

Thanks
I had a lot of gradoo in the grain of the leather from the PO. Apparently, she like to put on makeup while driving her car or it was just residue from putting it on beforehand.

So, I grabbed soem of my lexol leather coniditoner and a warm cup of water and went at it with a toothbrush. If you take your time and slowly scrub the leather, without applying much pressure, the lexol will pull out most of the dirt. Once finished, I applied a coat of Griot's leather coniditoner and the wheel looks new again. If yo look in the photo below, the right side of the seam is before treatment/cleaning and the left isde is after. The photo was taken before the Conditioner was applied. This method should work wonders for you if the actual leather has not worn out.

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It's like a brand new steering wheel...for less! Get black leather. Awesome quality.
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That wheel didn't come out that bad at all.

I have looked into the Wheel Skins before as well. Do you know which store could cary a Wheel Skin like that so that I can see one in my hand before I get one?
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You need to order them because they are custom cut for your car. Here's mine after installation:
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Wheelskins are an awesome way to make that old wheel look new.
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Wheelskins are an awesome way to make that old wheel look new.
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Not only that but it gives the wheel a thicker feel making it very comfortable.
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I have a 1998 528i.

I want to know what people have done about the steering wheel getting worn out. Especially at 12 o'clock, where the hand is almost ALWAYS resting at.

It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

Suggestions are welcomed

Thanks
Exactly what I did... turns out nice and looks good too!
Take your time with the install and I do suggest using the slanted stitch around the spokes... looks much more stock like. And the perforated sides give it a sportier look IMO

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You need to order them because they are custom cut for your car. Here's mine after installation:
Looks good but get rid of that cupholder. That felt pad will not stop condensation from seeping into the console and causing electrical issues. Ask me how I know

edit: Does Wheelskin make one that properly fits the Sport wheel, i.e., the 10 & 2 o'clock grips?
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Not only that but it gives the wheel a thicker feel making it very comfortable.
Best bang for the buck for sure
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Looks good but get rid of that cupholder. That felt pad will not stop condensation from seeping into the console and causing electrical issues. Ask me how I know

edit: Does Wheelskin make one that properly fits the Sport wheel, i.e., the 10 & 2 o'clock grips?
I LOVE my cupholder! Best thing I've ever bought for my car. Condensation is not an issue since I almost always just drink coffee or place soda cans. No big gulps or oversized anything. I've checked many times and I've never noticed any dampness ever. If I think about it I may place something plastic beneath it just in case of spills, though.
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OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH you just killed me with that PERFERATED pic.

Now I don't know which one to get Perferated or Non-Perferated.
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Where did you get the perferated one at?
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I think that wheelskins also offers perforated as well as two-tone.
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Leather polish?

I haven't tried it but we are talking leather so why not use a good leather polish? Have any black shoe polish? Try a little on the back side of the wheel.
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i know its a very old thread.

but wanted to share some stuff with you.

my 740i has around 160,000 miles on the clock and to say the least the steering is very worn,

or should i say it was, i was at the NEC in November last year and i came accross this company and bought this kit from them,

my steering wheel is as good as brand new.

http://www.motherswax.co.uk/products...ft-repair-kit/
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I have a 1998 528i.

I want to know what people have done about the steering wheel getting worn out. Especially at 12 o'clock, where the hand is almost ALWAYS resting at.

It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

Suggestions are welcomed

Thanks
It's too late now, but for your next wheel, I'd suggest spending more time using two hands, somewhere around the the 10:00/2:00 positions. I have 156,000 miles on my car, and the wheel still looks great.


Edit: Never mind. I didn't notice this was an old thread.
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i know its a very old thread.... my steering wheel is as good as brand new/
Bearing in mind this is an old thread resurrected today, I'll just post some /steering wheel(F3) links as a cross reference for others who come to this thread for steering wheel refurbishing solutions ...

- How to retrofit to a 3-spoke M-Sport steering wheel (1) (2) (3) (4) & heated steering wheel retrofits (1) & updating the life of an old steering wheel (1) & where to buy the BMW steering wheel roundel (1) (2) (3) (4) (5).
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It is dull at 12 o'clock, and the rest of it has its original glossy shine still.

Has anybody ever tried to find a fix for this?
If so what is it?

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There is no glossy shine on a new leather wheel. What you want to do is to restore to a matte finish. I've used Leatherique's pristine clean a few times, someone here did the Mr. Clean magic eraser which seems to have worked out nice.

Ultimately, these are temporary measures and a new wheel is your best bet if you want it 'restored'. Although, if the rest of your interior is worn out and glossy, the matte wheel may look out of place in my opinion.
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Leatherique does have a steering wheel restoration kit which restores the gloss too. I have not used it but it may be what you are looking for.
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