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      01-13-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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**Steering Wheel Trim Repair**

I bought my car used in 2010 on Thanksgiving, everything is great except for the wear and tear marks where the steering wheel trim is. It really takes away the "NEW" look and feel, but it never stopped me from buying the car anyways. I knew it was going to be an easy fix because it's the same material they use on Audi's, Volkswagen, Lamborghini's consoles. I repaired the center console, handle, trims, basically anything that was peeling on my Audi A4 (B6), and I could do the same for my E92.









I started sanding everything down with 180 grit until all rubber coating disappears, then use 800 grit to smooth out the roughness of the plastic, 1000 grit, 1500 grit, lastly 2000 grit.

Use only Camouflage Rust-Oleum flat black because this will only be the closest thing to OEM coating.









No more ugly steering wheel trim.
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      01-13-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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ahh nice alternative, good job.
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      01-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #3
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nice!
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      01-13-2011, 09:27 PM   #4
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how do you remove that trim, if you dont mind me asking?
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      01-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #5
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There are only 3 torque screws behind the steering wheel.
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      01-13-2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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how to you remove? Im thinking about di-noc ing mine
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      01-13-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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      01-13-2011, 10:03 PM   #8
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nice! I was wondering what to do about that after my warranty's up.
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      01-13-2011, 10:10 PM   #9
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Good stuff man! Post this over in the DIY section cuz it will come in handy one day.
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      01-13-2011, 10:11 PM   #10
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nice! I was wondering what to do about that after my warranty's up.
Have you gotten yours replaced through warranty yet?
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You know, this might sound silly, but I always wondered what the trim would look like if you just peeled all that cheap matte plastic off. Underneath it looks like it has a little bit of sheen, I just wonder how it would look. It would eliminate the need to have to refinish it all the time if you could peel that crap away and make the finish look right. Just my crazy mind working again I guess. Anybody know how I could get the matte platic off easily?

Good DIY either way.....
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      01-13-2011, 10:21 PM   #12
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Under all that soft rubbery coating, is shiny black plastic (wont match anything on the interior unless you have piano black trims). To remove that rubbery coating, use AirCraft Paint Remover. Spray it on the surface and it will start to bubble, by then you can probably peel it off easily.

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      01-13-2011, 10:27 PM   #13
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Have you gotten yours replaced through warranty yet?
I have not. My warranty is up in march, so I will get it replaced soon. I did get the passenger door handle replaced under warranty, so I'm confident they shouldn't have a problem replacing this trim either.
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Under all that soft rubbery coating, is shiny black plastic (wont match anything on the interior unless you have piano black trims). To remove that rubbery coating, use AirCraft Paint Remover. Spray it on the surface and it will start to bubble, by then you can probably peel it off easily.
Alright thanks. I actually forgot to mention that I'm probably going to get the gloss black trim from tischer (no way I'm spending over $1k for piano black trim!!), so that's what made my mind start thinking. My trim is peeling at the moment and I kept looking at it and thinking it might match the black trim quite well. Maybe I'll just peel it off and see what it looks like, I can always follow your DIY to cover it if need be!
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yeah i read that but apparently there were quite a few who didnt find it to be that helpful. could be wrong.

thank you
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      01-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #17
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I'll make another DIY on how to take off the steering wheel trim with more detailed information if you like.
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      01-13-2011, 11:28 PM   #18
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Wow, looks like new! Great job
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nice...

now u just need a nicer steering wheel
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Wow, looks like new! Great job
Thanks, at 27,xxx miles, it's supposed to stay new from factory.

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now u just need a nicer steering wheel
Working on it.
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nice! i'm gonna have to do this someday. i got my trim replaced once when my car was still under warranty. the trim has started to peel again.
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This is great! Thanks.
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