W202 Steering wheel - leather peeling off

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Tony From West Oz
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W202 Steering wheel - leather peeling off

Post by Tony From West Oz » Sun 12 Apr, 2015 12:02 am

The leather surface of the steering wheel on my W202 C250 is peeled and continues to peel off. The suede underside of the leather is not attractive and degrades the look of the car.
Are replacement covers available for this steering wheel?
Is it a DIY job to R&R the cover?

Should I just get an aftermarket leather cover in a contrasting colour (avoiding any colour mismatch when trying to match the interior colour which may have faded since production)?

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: W202 Steering wheel - leather peeling off

Post by Giles » Sun 12 Apr, 2015 11:15 am

Hi Tony,
I recently purchased a Leatherique kit and over the Easter weekend I re-dyed the steering wheel of the E55 I'm fostering.
It was an ugly two tone wheel and the white section had worn badly.
It's a multi stage process but I'm happy about the outcome. It did take three days to complete due to some of the procedures.

Stage 1 was a soaking in a rejuvenating oil.
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Stage 2 was rubbing down. They recommend using 800 grit paper, but I used a blue mild scouring pad.
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Stage 3 I applied 3 coats of black dye
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Stage 4 Finished with a clear coat.
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Re: W202 Steering wheel - leather peeling off

Post by metrofarm » Sat 21 Nov, 2015 5:51 pm

I haven't seen any replacement covers, but making a replacement cover wouldn't be too hard if you can sew and have a machine or access to a machine that can sew leather. I use an old black Singer that will (just) sew leather and does a good single stitch (nothing else). Making the template up is probably the easy part of the job, I think. It would take a lot of time and patience to hand sew the leather onto the wheel neatly, but a doable DIY. The good news is that the leather won't cost much :)

This instructable shows how it's done and it's a pretty fair representation of what needs to be done. This is along the lines of what an auto-upholsterer would do:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Reuphol ... /?ALLSTEPS

I think this shows what anyone would have to do if they bought a kit. Quite a few Youtube's on this process.

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