What Can I Do To Prevent My Car Steering Wheel From Scratching?


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One of the first few things people notice when they look at your dashboard is your steering wheel, and you tend to have a stain on your reputation if your steering wheel is scratched due to circumstances beyond your control.

Using a LEATHER CONDITIONER to cover the leather on your steering wheel will go a long way in preventing future scratches, but if your wheel is already scratched, then use these steps below to prevent your steering wheel from scratching, as well as repairing it as well.

Materials needed

  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth
  • Leather dye/leather filler
  • Colorless shoe polish
  • Sandpaper
  • Leather conditioner

Step 1

Clean the surface of your steering with vinegar

Dip a soft cloth (preferably white) into vinegar, then gently rub it on the steering surface.

This procedure will swell the tears on your steering wheel making them almost hidden.

Don’t be in a rush to wipe dry the surface of the leather – allow it to soak in for some minutes.

Step 2

Use your leather filler for leftover scratches

If you still notice some leftover scratches after using the vinegar, use a thin piece of wood and gently apply your leather filler on the scratches, the allow it to dry up for about 45-minutes to one hour. 

Step 3

Gently use your sandpaper on the filled area

Take note of the filled area and gently use fine-grit sandpaper to even the area you earlier filled with a leather filler.

Watch out for the original leather during this process so that you don’t scratch it with the sandpaper.

Step 4

Use your leather dye

To further make the scratches almost invisible to the naked eye, apply a leather dye to the areas you just filled, and then clean with the vinegar.

Do a thorough job until the leather blends with the original steering color.

Do well to allow the dye to dry up for about 45-minutes to one hour.

Step 5

Use leather conditioner on the staring wheel to prevent future scratches

After the dye dries, use a soft cloth (different from the one you used for the vinegar) to deep into a leather conditioner, then rub it all over the surface of your steering wheel.

This will prevent the leather from future scratches that aren’t intentional.

Ensure the steering wheel dries for at least 24-hours after using the condition to get the best result before driving your vehicle


How do I protect my steering wheel?

Aside from the steps I explained above – which involves using a leather conditioner – here are some of the precautions you can take to prevent your steering wheels from scratching in the future;

  • Avoid driving with long nails. If you are a fan of keeping long nails, then you shouldn’t complain about scratching your steering wheels because it’s almost impossible. Keeping your nails short and pretty will prevent your wheels from scratching – it’s also healthy too.
  • Take care when removing your key from the ignition box, because sometimes we get so carried away with the moment that we seem to forget we have keys in our hands. I have actually scratched my steering wheel once due to this carelessness.
  • Don’t drive with a baby on your laps – not only could your child use their sharp nails to scratch the leather, but it’s also not safe for your baby in general.

How do you fix a wheel that is peeling?

These simple tips should help you fix your peeling wheel in no time;

  • Protect your dashboard and other areas of your car that might be affected by the chemical sprays by using a fabric.
  • Cover the essential buttons on the steering wheel by using masking tape.
  • Scrub the steering wheel with alcohol wipes, but pay particular attention to the parts peeling off.
  • Use 400-grit sandpaper to brush the steering wheel. Ensure you touch every area of your steering including the good parts – regardless of the marks they might make on it. it allows the painting mixture to penetrate the paints.
  • Use linseed oil to clean the steering wheel. Allow the oil to soak the steering wheel for about ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Cover the leather gaps on the steering wheel using leather fillers.
  • Clean the steering wheel using a durable rag.
  • Cover the steering wheels using an adhesion promoter – they help in attaching the leather color to your steering wheel. 
  • Use a leather dye to clean the surface of the steering wheel before allowing it to dry for about 1-hour.

Your wheel you should be as new afterward.

How can I make my leather steering wheel look new?

You can make your leather steering wheel look new by applying leather dye from time to time, and also use leather fillers to fill into available cracks.

How do I protect the steering wheel from the sun?

You can protect the steering wheel from the sun by putting a towel on the top of your steering wheel when you aren’t driving.

This will help limit the impact of UV light on your steering.

What can I do to prevent my car steering wheel from scratching – Conclusion.

Your steering should match the outward looks of your car, and I trust the tips I shared above will be enough to get you through.

Feel free to drop your comments in the comment section for other ideas you might have based on the tops shared.

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