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      10-14-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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Steering wheel leather fade fix

So I posted a while back about how my steering whee had started to fade after like 4 months of owning this car. Dealership wouldn't replace it. Frustrating. So anyways, I found a solution. Anyone else that has this issue it's an easy fix. Bought a kit from http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Delu...Kit-p/dlrk.htm and the color code is 917 for BMW. The first pic is of the wheel before and second is after. The kit came with everything I needed. Instructions aren't amazing. But it's easy enough. Started with the cleaner. Then there's a black scrubber and I gently used that to prep the leather for the dye. Then dip the sponge in the dye and blot it on the wheel evenly. Let dry for 24 hours and repeated this 3 times. Gave it one last scrub with the black wool scrubber thing. Really gently to smooth it all out. Then applied the protection cream. Looks great to me. Can't tell at all now. Super happy with the results.
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      10-14-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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Sad that BMW couldn't do anything about this.
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      10-14-2016, 10:46 AM   #3
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Sad that BMW couldn't do anything about this.
They wouldn't take responsibility because they said it could have been an outside influence like a cleaner or something that ruined it. Which it wasn't..... if it was an outside source like that, it would have ruined the entire wheel. Not just the top. oh well. It was like $50 for the kit and it worked perfectly. So I'm happy. Seeing that part of the wheel drove me CRAZY! glad it's fixed.
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      10-14-2016, 10:47 PM   #4
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Looks great! Does the repaired area feel any different? Oh and hello from Irvine. Is your car lowered by any chance?
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Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. I'm sure a lot of us will need to do this at sometime.
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      10-14-2016, 11:10 PM   #6
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Looks great! Does the repaired area feel any different? Oh and hello from Irvine. Is your car lowered by any chance?
Feels just like the rest of the wheel. The 917 is a matte finish. When first applied it feels and looks different. I was a little stressed and worried. You also kind of blot the dye with the sponge so the texture did feel a bit different. First coat was the worst. Each one after got better and more even. Then after the last coat it looked a little more matte than the rest and did feel a little rough still so I decided to give it a super gentle, light rub with the wool pad. I noticed each time I did that before applying the next coat of dye that it shined it up a bit and smoothed it out. But the first few times I did it you could then see the part up top peaking through. So I tried it after the third round and thought it if did it again I'd just dye it again. The instructions say it'll take 3-4 times. So I did it thinking I'd have to do it again, but it looked and felt perfect. So happy with the results. It looks and feels brand new. Oh, I also did the entire top section from seam to seam. Not just the spot that was faded. I think that was key to it looking as good as it does.

Also, no, I'm not lowered. Why do you ask???
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      10-15-2016, 12:37 AM   #7
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Amazing!! Never knew this thing exists! Thanks for sharing

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      10-15-2016, 11:27 AM   #8
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Amazing!! Never knew this thing exists! Thanks for sharing

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Yeah I know a few other people have posted the same issue so hopefully someone else will find this useful
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      10-15-2016, 10:29 PM   #9
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Looks great. I'm amazed the top of the wheel is so warn. Not sure my hands have ever even touch the top of the wheel once.
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Looks great. I'm amazed the top of the wheel is so warn. Not sure my hands have ever even touch the top of the wheel once.
Yeah my hands probably touch that spot .00001% of the time I drive. It got like that about 4 months into owning the car. It was clearly something wrong with the leather. Took it to McKenna BMW and they said it was most likely from the dealer prep. If it was from the dealer prep, how would I be responsible? I had A LOT of issue with the car when I first got it. TONS of cosmetic issues. So this should have been covered. Probably could have been if I made a big enough deal over. Not worth it. So dumb..... but whatever, not a big deal. Was able to fix it easily. All I care about is that I don't have to look at that any longer. Drove me insane!
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      10-16-2016, 08:00 AM   #11
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Nice find, I need to do this to the door handle area on my wifes f10. Your steering wheel looks kinda lumpy on the top portion....you been squeezing it like a stress relief ball? lol
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Nice find, I need to do this to the door handled area on my wifes f10. Your steering wheel looks kinda lumpy on the top portion....you been squeezing it like a stress ball?lol
Hahaha I think it's the angle of the picture. Around the back of the wheel there's little ridges. I think that's what you're seeing. It's where those ridges meet the top of the wheel
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Leatherique

I had the same issue on an F10. I bought a similar kit from Leatherique and actually never ended up using it. Mine looked exactly like yours.

All you really need is the Leatherique Rejuvenator and Cleaner. I went through the trouble of taking the wheel off, wrapping parts I didn't have to dye, and just started with the rejuvenator before proceeding to sanding and dying.

Lo and behold, the rejuvenator was good enough. Just massage it onto the wheel with your hands, exerting a good amount of pressure with your thumbs. 10 minutes later, I wiped it off with the cleaner and the wheel looked brand new.

Never ended up using the dye kit at all. For the amount of product I used, it might have been $10...CAD.

Now I swear by Leatherique, and use loads of that stuff all over my car. I've never been happier with a product in my life, and I must say I'm usually difficult to please.
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This post is over 2 years old now. It looks beautiful. I'm curious to know if the OP can comment on how it has held up over time.

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      05-20-2019, 04:41 PM   #15
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This post is over 2 years old now. It looks beautiful. I'm curious to know if the OP can comment on how it has held up over time.

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It held up great. Had the car for 3 years and it never did that again after fixing it
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OP and everyone else concerned,

I had this same issue with my original steering wheel. I have copied the link to the thread below. Ironically enough, someone has commented and brought it back to life and I literally just updated with my experience. Glad to help anyway I can! Feel free to ask

https://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1276409
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It held up great. Had the car for 3 years and it never did that again after fixing it
Man can you do this for me since I am in Irvine and I;ll pay you bro!
Great article and I had a spot faded like that
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