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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreanadian View Post
    That exterior blue looks different than the one I have on my car ... maybe it's the sun shining on it
    Must be a custom blue color, they did. I remember they spent a fortune on that car. I like the 3 tone door panels too.

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    Maybe, Madness used the correct original color: warm, washed-out, pastel.

    And the white color was also warm ivory.





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    Re-staining the worn out beige steering wheel on a Fiat 500....


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    More re staining. Crazy music.....



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    That 1957 version Abarth is a beauty... what a sleeper.

    Excellent videos on leather refurb. Some "quicky" detailers use a "stain" that's really a paint, which can fail quickly. For wheels in really bad condition, some shops sand very lightly before stain application. I think that is to clear discoloration before application.

    First a cleaner is used. Whether sprayed or dabbed, stain is applied in several light coats. When dry and buffed, they apply a leather protector to lessen wear. It's not just the white wheels. I've seen a 500 w/ black interior that needed a similar treatment (but it was sold w/ the wheel looking torn up).

    This is an amateur using a kit to do the job...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    More re staining. Crazy music.....


    Mine looks nothing like that. still has ivory color and the grains ...

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    If you maintain you cars. Keeping the exterior and interior parts clean. They will stay new looking, for the life of the vehicle.

    I owned a 2000 Grand cherokee. Tan colored steering. It premature color wore out on the top of the wheel. Got it re-sprayed to the correct color and clearcoated by a leather reconditioning company that does leather furniture.

    Black steering wheels will show wear too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreanadian View Post
    Mine looks nothing like that. still has ivory color and the grains ...
    I've seen a tan wheel where the PO put a cheap cover over it. The red from the cover stained the wheel underneath. The recondition person used a liquid (solvent?) to clean it. As I understand the process, that stripped the old color, then he reapplied the proper color and a sealer. (We weren't in the shop when he did the work.) He also did the driver's seat and cleaned/treated the rest of the leather... the PO must have worn greasy pants. It was a lot of money, but the car looked new when done.

    I would not have chosen a leather covered wheel, given a choice, but they do feel better under the hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    I've seen a tan wheel where the PO put a cheap cover over it. The red from the cover stained the wheel underneath. The recondition person used a liquid (solvent?) to clean it. As I understand the process, that stripped the old color, then he reapplied the proper color and a sealer. (We weren't in the shop when he did the work.) He also did the driver's seat and cleaned/treated the rest of the leather... the PO must have worn greasy pants. It was a lot of money, but the car looked new when done.

    I would not have chosen a leather covered wheel, given a choice, but they do feel better under the hands.
    I just use interior cleaner every week. That way, I can keep it clean without using strong solvent and/or huge pressure.

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