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    White Steering Wheel

    My 500 has a white leather steering wheel. I thought I was doing the smart thing when I bought a steering wheel cover for it. I just removed the cover and it has marked up the steering wheel and left a yellow stain. Any suggestions on how to restore the leather? I've tried a few leather cleaners, but no luck.

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    I find the easiest way to clean the white leather wheel is with the kitchen cleaning product "magic eraser". Follow this will a plain damp cloth to remove any cleaning residue and a treatment of leather condition since the cleaner may dry the leather.

    This has worked for me with an orange sunkist stain that I got on my wheel. Thankfully it came out completely. Hope it will work for your stain as well.

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    Yeah, I tried a magic eraser. No luck. Maybe white shoe polish? Does anyone know if that may work?

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    Have you checked with the dealer, to see if they have something?

    How much is a new one?
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    What type of stain is it? Does it seem to have "soaked in" like ink or is it more of a faded color-transfer like stain that looks sort of, I dunno, like you tossed a bright yellow sock in with your white wash? How big is the stain?

    My understanding is that the Fiat's wheel cover is made of coated - i.e. leather 'coated' with a fine layer of vinyl 'color' -which would make stains easier to remove and renders the leather non-porous. I would slather on some cream leather cleaner with a very soft brush and let it soak for a bit. Do not let it dry. Keep it damp, then scrub it after a bit.

    Restoration Hardware makes a very good leather restoration liquid that has brought some of my shoes back from the undead. It isn't cheap, but I don't suspect a new wheel wrap is either...

    There are advanced tips including a mild bleach solution that you could try as well, but I'm NOT advocating those unless you are the REALLY careful type

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmj912 View Post
    What type of stain is it? Does it seem to have "soaked in" like ink or is it more of a faded color-transfer like stain that looks sort of, I dunno, like you tossed a bright yellow sock in with your white wash? How big is the stain?

    My understanding is that the Fiat's wheel cover is made of coated - i.e. leather 'coated' with a fine layer of vinyl 'color' -which would make stains easier to remove and renders the leather non-porous. I would slather on some cream leather cleaner with a very soft brush and let it soak for a bit. Do not let it dry. Keep it damp, then scrub it after a bit.

    Restoration Hardware makes a very good leather restoration liquid that has brought some of my shoes back from the undead. It isn't cheap, but I don't suspect a new wheel wrap is either...

    There are advanced tips including a mild bleach solution that you could try as well, but I'm NOT advocating those unless you are the REALLY careful type
    cmj912 hit the nail on the head. hit the steering wheel with a leather cleaner followed up by a leather conditioner.
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    It seems like more of a faded color transfer. I think it was a reactions between the rubber of the steering wheel cover and the leather. I have read some things about saddle soap being really good. I'll look around for some good cleaners. I'm finding that actual leather cleaner is hard to find, most products are just conditioners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakinate View Post
    It seems like more of a faded color transfer. I think it was a reactions between the rubber of the steering wheel cover and the leather. I have read some things about saddle soap being really good. I'll look around for some good cleaners. I'm finding that actual leather cleaner is hard to find, most products are just conditioners.
    Actual high-end leather cleaners are just that. Many of the best leather cleaners are only available via the best retailers and it has been my experience in the world of keeping things clean that - other than white vinegar - the higher priced, very reputable products seem to be a get-what-you-pay-for situation.

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    Black steering wheels are nice...just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadpizza View Post
    Black steering wheels are nice...just saying.
    Ive been wondering about this, and just called Scandinavian design to see if any of the colors of their furniture maintenance kits match my white steering wheel.

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