Steering Wheel Refurb.

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Steering Wheel Refurb.

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Ive got a 14" Astralli wheel in my car, it had a few marks on it and i quite fancied the wood rim darker.
Much sanding down, staining etc, i got this. Very pleased with the end result.
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That looks great!

Good job done.
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Very nice job, well done.

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:D Well I did also an Formula steeringwheel from the 70th the otherday ;)

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Nice job, I want to do this to my LL wheel so it matches my darker burr walnut dashboards. How did you apply the stain to get a nice even finish, did you spray it on?

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AndyB72 wrote:
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Nice job, I want to do this to my LL wheel so it matches my darker burr walnut dashboards. How did you apply the stain to get a nice even finish, did you spray it on?
Hi Andy, its a lot of work but well worth it.

The worst part was sanding the original lacquer off back to bare timber...took a good couple of hours to do. Then finished off with fine Wire Wool.
The stain i used is "Rustins Dark Oak Wood Dye". Gave it 5 coats, just put on with a clean cloth. Dries very quick, you can do the 5 coats in 20 mins.
More coats you give it the darker it will get. After i was happy with the colour, i then gave 4 coats of rattle can Upol Clear Coat. Then a clear wax and buff up.

Give it a go, enjoyable to do. Im a Carpenter by trade so do stuff like this all the time.

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Thanks Dicky! I'm re lacquering another wheel at the moment and its coming up really well, has taken a while but as you say very satisfying.

I've tried paint stripper on the Les leston wheel I want to dye but it hasn't touched it, maybe need to give it some elbow grease instead.

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Paint stripper will only work after sanding it,
you have to make the surface porous otherwise
it will never work.

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I have done a few wheels over the years & most have come up well. I have found that there is no substitute for elbow grease though. I have never been a great fan of paint stripper on them as I have found that it seeps out of the join between the wood & metal after its been re-lacquered. :roll:
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I tried Paint Stripper....even the old proper "Nitromores"...wouldnt touch the Varnish on my wheel. Elbow grease is the only way. Dont rush take your time.
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