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The leather on my steering wheel is worn and sticky. I found some replacements on wheelskins.com, but I'm hesitating to try to remove the existing leather. I don't know what's under there or whether I'm just going to make things worse. Anyone tried this, or had the same problem? It must be a common issue.
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (Umbogo)

It actually goes over the existing leather. Wheelskins look great.
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (Umbogo)

I measured the thickness around my steerin wheel and it came to 4.5" (maybe 4.25"). When I look on the wheelskins site it shows 3 7/8" for a 20 V70 (size AXX). So I assumed that I needed to take the existing leather off. Can I go with the AXX or do I need to request a custom fit?<p>The site says "Many of these models come equipped with Factory-installed leather covered steering wheels. The Wheelskins size might vary depending upon whether or not the old leather covering is removed. If the Wheelskin is to be installed over the original factory cover, you might need a larger or special order size. Please measure."
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (Umbogo)

You do NOT remove the existing leather and if sewn on properly wheelskins look great
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (JRL)

OK, I'm convinced. I'll get the one advertised as size C, (4.25") for the phase 2, >2001 V70, and sew it over.<br>Thanks.<p>
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (Umbogo)

Why not refinish the leather? All you have to do is wipe it down with lacquer thinner to remove the grunge and old dye, and then brush on the new dye. There are number of places online that will sell you a good quality dye that can be appiled with a foam brush and will give very presentable result. I have done this on 3 70-series cars and the dye lasts for yeas and can be reapplied if necessary.
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (mhbva)

Sounds like it's worth a try. Is it specifically leather dye I need to look for?
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (Umbogo)

That's NOT the way you do it.<br>You need to clean it, fill in the gouges with special leather fill, then to do it the <B>CORRECT WAY</B> you re-spray the wheel.<br>Done properly, it's not "presentable", it's PERFECT<p>(Just buy the wheelskin)
 

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Re: 2000 V70 Steering Wheel leather worn and sticky (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's NOT the way you do it.<br>You need to clean it, fill in the gouges with special leather fill, then to do it the <B>CORRECT WAY</B> you re-spray the wheel.<br>Done properly, it's not "presentable", it's PERFECT<p>(Just buy the wheelskin)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>TRANSLATION :<br>"I have another suggestion that has worked well for me.<br>You could try cleaning it, filling in any gouges with a special <br>leather fill product before you respray. Using this method, <br>you will enjoy a steering wheel that appears brand new.<p>Or, the wheelskins also provide a very presentable look."<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I have the same issue. Anybody knows what kind of spray to use and where to get it? Thnx
 

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The results with a foam brush are excellent. It leaves no marks or streaks if applied in light coats and will last for years. In my opinion, after doing the steering wheels in 3 cars that came out looking great, it is not worth the trouble to use a sprayer.
 
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