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Old 04-16-2015, 03:21 PM
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to peel off completely or repaint steering wheel trim

What's the concensus for those of us out of warranty, peel off the steering wheel trim and leave it shiny black or remove and paint with plastic paint or spend the $150 and buy the new trim?
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:35 PM
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I peeled it off and the shiny black underneath looks way better than the chipped look before. Hands down I'd do it again.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:56 AM
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I peeled it all off while driving to chicago, I have some 3M DiNOC aluminum look vinyl that I will be wrapping it with that looks like the shifter and door handles to wrap it in.

If you get the good stuff it will look factory.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:48 AM
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I'm considering pulling the pieces off on sodablasting them to give them a nice matte finish.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:30 PM
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Still waiting on mine to fall apart, so can't really help... but if/when it does happen to mine, I'll probably buy the new trim.
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Old Yesterday, 09:37 AM
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I think you guys are over thinking this a bit. Before you decide to do major surgery on a replacement coating, try it naked first. On my car at least, it blends in well with the factory dark wood trim.
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Old Yesterday, 09:49 AM
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How did you get the airbag off?
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Old Yesterday, 10:04 AM
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I didn't. I just peeled the rubbery coating carefully. I think I used the edge of a credit card because I needed a fairly sharp/straight edge but a blade would surely have scratched the underneath plastic.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 AM
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I should do this to my steering wheel. It's been peeling for at least a year now including the coating on the window switch housings and cup holder.

Would plasti dip match the existing finish?
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Old Yesterday, 10:24 AM
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I don't know how the plasti-dip works, but I have to assume that you'd need to remove the trim pieces off the steering wheel. For me, it wasn't worth the hassle because the shiny black underneath looked far better than the semi-peeled off rubber coating that was just getting worse. I basically spent about an hour peeling off the rubbery coating and called it a day.
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I should do this to my steering wheel. It's been peeling for at least a year now including the coating on the window switch housings and cup holder.

Would plasti dip match the existing finish?
The finish would look nice, but you'd need to remove the trim; impossible to spray-on with the trim in place and protect from overspray.
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Old Yesterday, 08:50 PM
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The finish would look nice, but you'd need to remove the trim; impossible to spray-on with the trim in place and protect from overspray.
Yeah you guys are right haha, guess I will just peel it all off instead.
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How did you get the airbag off?
There are two slit hols in back, insert two screwdrivers and push the springs.


http://cobywheel.com/bmw-steering-wheel-removal.html


you have to take your time and look carefully as all BMW wheels are slightly different.

it is not hard at all to get the airbag off safely.
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