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my wife drove my car yesterday. Today, on the way to work, I grab my steerin wheel and feel all these scratches on the left / lower part. I'm thinking WTF is this??? I KNOW this wasn't here yesterday.<p>The scuffs must be 6-9" in length...all along the side and bottom portion of the wheel.... <p>After talking to my wife I've determined that when she drove the car yesteday, she was wearing pants that had zippers on pockets which were on the front/leg part of her pants. She is short and has the seat cranked way forward. As she slides into the car, here leg and the ZIPPER dragged all along the side/bottom of the steering wheel and did a nice job scuffing it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It's not *that* bad, but you feel it with your hand and it drove me nuts all the way to work.<p>Will leather cleaner fix this? <p>it looks lke someone took their fingernail and dragged it over the leather so there are lots of little tiny tears/scuffs. Not sure how to fix this.
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

Well, since your WIFE did the damage, I see this as a nice opportunity for a sympathy upgrade to say ... one of those nice Evolve custom units <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>Seriously, you can try to go over it with some leather care if the material is "lifted", in the hopes that it will persuade the ends to lay flat inside the gouges <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> . If, however, the material is just "gone" or gouged out, there is not much you can do.<p>Unlike a seat, there is some very speciallized equipment used to properly upholser a steering wheel, and it don't come cheap. It can be done, but is usually cost prohibitive. Depending on the condition of the wheel before this happened, replacement may be the more palletable option <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> . Sorry.
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

Too start with Sean no more keys to the R for your wife unless you approve her wardrobe!<p>If it " scratched" the leather the best you can hope for is to soak it with some Lexal type conditioner and hope that makes it better, otherwise this is a problem. The good news is you now have an excuse to buy one of the new Evolve steering wheels and your wife gets no new bags this month.<p>Good Luck
 

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Wait til I upgrade mine and my steering wheel will be up for sale <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

If there are "little nubs" of leather that are loose, clip them off with a blade. That will take car of the texture difference. Then tak a good leather conditioner and condition the wheel. It will take care of most of the damage. Some will still be there but it is cheaper than a 200.00 new leather wrap.
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (MASH)

yeah, a custom EVOLVE steering wheel...just what I need!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>it would look cool to get a custom one....gobi inserts to match my interior.....<p>we'll see...i'll try fixing it first...<p>
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

I'm glad to see this happened to somebody else besides me.<p>I blamed the zipper on my old jacket. The simple act of getting in and out of the car with my coat unzipped was what did it.<p>My new steering wheel has been great. So far no scratches or anything. The leather is much tougher.<p>Oh and by the way, the existing leather on the stock steering wheel flakes right off and exposes ugly white crap underneath. Be careful trying to fix it. I just made mine worse when I tried.<p>Always zip up that coat if you wear it while driving folks!
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (steamboatsig)

...of your wife. Just kidding. <p>My passenger side headrest has some scratches in it. I thought it was our crazy Jack Russell but it was the hair clip my GF was wearing. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by steamboatsig at 9:32 PM 4-21-2006</i>
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

Better a zipper on the steering wheel than a diamond ring on the windshield. Consider it the lesser of many worse evils. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Oh, yeah, and an opportunity for that new Evolve cover! <p>-Eric
 

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Re: Steering wheel scuffs - suggestions how to fix (23109VC)

I did that to my steerling wheel as well from one of my jeans. i don't use those jeans any more in the car. I also forbade my wife to wear any jeans that have some beading or funky embroidering in the back of her jeans. Let's just say she thinks I'm nuts!
 
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