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handsomejackuk
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leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 22:23

Hi,

removed my beige leather steering wheel tonight with a view to having a go at cleaning restoring and re colouring it... anyway some of the leather is badly scuffed and i have tried various grades of sandpaper to scuff / abrade it and get it smooth but its very soft difficult to sand and ends up in short strands. any tips to getting it all smooth.. ihave got 70 % of the wheel smooth ready to redye

any tips on how to get it all smooth...?

handsomejackuk
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 23:46

heres the grotty wheel

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i would know what i could catch off that wheel... i have been so embarrased about it... i have had a cover on it for the last 6 weeks... its terrible...

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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by dennisedlin » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 06:38

Have you thought about having it retrimmed. Search for Royal steering wheels, they do a great job to whatever spec you want. Very good prices too. Around £120-130 I believe. They can also re pad the wheel to make the rim thicker. If you can't be without your Z, they even do an exchange where you get your replacement then send them yours.
I had a red leather wheel, not quite as bad as yours but no matter what I tried I couldn't get it back to decent condition. Red hands .....
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handsomejackuk
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 09:01

yeah i have contacted Royal, and they will retrtim it no problem for £125, just that i dont have much money at the moment and not working so have the time to give refurbishing a go i got nothing to lose only my time... i going out today in the car and going to some local 3 piece suite refurbishers to see if they can offer any help..

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Re: leather painting tips....

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handsomejackuk
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Wed 07 Sep, 2016 13:34

Warrior wrote:This might help...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJShIYoISO0
thanks bud yeah thats the thing but beige... i see if i can get some beige dye

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Geoff H
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by Geoff H » Wed 07 Sep, 2016 16:55

I always thought the beige leather on the steering wheel was very soft and easily marked. I used Liquid Leather on mine with very good results.

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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Wed 07 Sep, 2016 20:50

Geoff H wrote:I always thought the beige leather on the steering wheel was very soft and easily marked. I used Liquid Leather on mine with very good results.

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ok thanks Geoff, i did fone my local key cutter / leather repair place today and he was saying about Tarrago leather dye... £4.50. dont know whether it would be suitable...

i have sort of sanded some of the leather in the wheel with 160 sandpaper, . i get some pics in a few days to show what i have done there was a dew small dents and gouges in it and the sanding has seemed to smooth this, i did initiall try leather cleaner but this did nothing then moved on to white spirit acetone, cream cleaner and none of it worked so sanding was the only way to get the marks off it...

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Geoff H
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by Geoff H » Thu 08 Sep, 2016 12:32

I don't know anything about Tarrago leather dye, but the Liquid Leather is more than a dye, it creates a new surface which is hard wearing and brings it back to the orginal look. My steering wheel wasn't as bad as yours, it just had small nicks in it caused by rings and it covered those with no problem and did a perfect job. And theres loads left in the bottle.

https://www.liquidleather.com/en/scuffm ... 29066.html
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Wed 12 Oct, 2016 18:18

all done, just need to refit the wheel well pleased with the results too....

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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by handsomejackuk » Wed 12 Oct, 2016 18:39

couldnt resist.... all fitted looks a lot lighter in inside flashlight pictures,but outside in daylight it looks pretty close to original...

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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by bertiejaffa » Thu 13 Oct, 2016 00:51

that looks good :D
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Post by Z3andZ4 » Thu 13 Oct, 2016 11:13

Good work Jack.
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Re: leather painting tips....

Post by Bowler » Thu 13 Oct, 2016 15:30

Top job looks great
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