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      05-04-2015, 12:10 AM   #1
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Rubber Coating-Soft Touch Removal: This is The Best way to take it off!!!

So you need to get that peeling rubber coating off your steering wheel trim...

Forget about scrubbing it with steel wool, sanding it, etc.

Easiest way to do this is:

*** Please note that you should perform this in a well ventilated area and would be a good idea to wear gloves ***

***This process will discolour final plastic product (you will need to repaint or vinyl wrap)***

*** Perform at own risk!!! ***


1. Get one of these at your drug store for a few buck.

Nail Polish Remover

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I started by soaking the cotton swab and rubbing it on the coating (was a bit time consuming but it worked. I was able to remove all of main top area) and then it dawned on me - why don't I soak this whole thing in nail polish remover bath.

2. Pour it into a container and place your steering wheel trim inside it.
Let it soak (1-2 mins) until you see the rubber coating separating from plastic.


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It literally peels itself off from the trim piece.

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3. Once you see the rubber coating has completely dissolved away from the plastic, rinse the trim piece with a garden hose to remove residual rubber coating.

4. Dry the trim and proceed to your next step which would be wrapping or painting it.


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As you can see the plastic does discolour after this procedure, but 100% of coating gets removed in a matter of minutes. Well worth it in my eyes.


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Forgot to add that I ended up wrapping mine in 3M 1080 Matte Black Vinyl.

You can't tell the difference between the wrap and original coating.
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Thanks! I have already purchased aerosal aircraft paint remover. Will see how it goes.
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Thanks! I have already purchased aerosal aircraft paint remover. Will see how it goes.
You'll probably melt the plastic. That stuff is way too strong.

Just use a light coating of nail polish remover or sand it off. Easy enough. It's not such a tough job to try and get away with using harsher chemicals.

OP, I have mine wrapped in 3M 1080 Matte Black, and it looks like day one after months of use.
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How did it go? Any negative effects?
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You'll probably melt the plastic. That stuff is way too strong.

Just use a light coating of nail polish remover or sand it off. Easy enough. It's not such a tough job to try and get away with using harsher chemicals.

OP, I have mine wrapped in 3M 1080 Matte Black, and it looks like day one after months of use.
Sir, you are correct. Aircraft paint remover melted my plastic trim. Painful lesson learned.

$87.21 later I now have the X1 Trim.
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You'll probably melt the plastic. That stuff is way too strong.

Just use a light coating of nail polish remover or sand it off. Easy enough. It's not such a tough job to try and get away with using harsher chemicals.

OP, I have mine wrapped in 3M 1080 Matte Black, and it looks like day one after months of use.
Sir, you are correct. Aircraft paint remover melted my plastic trim. Painful lesson learned.

$87.21 later I now have the X1 Trim.
That shit will destroy a lot of things.i use it to kill ant piles when I don't have any ant killer! Will kill anything. Also goo gone will mess up the trim as well.
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