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      03-20-2014, 02:27 AM   #1
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Replacing just part of steering wheel?

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Wasn't sure which topic to post this under. I have a 2009 e90 with the sport package. The steering wheel has a slim U-shaped section of matte black plastic that wraps around the center portion. On my car, this matte black coating is starting to chip away, revealing shiny black plastic underneath. Attaching a pic I found online of a steering wheel with the same kind of damage. In case it doesn't load, I'm talking about the soft-touch material that surrounds the area with the buttons for volume control.

Anyone know whether that black plastic part is independently replaceable and how much work it would be?

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I have the same problem on mine, seems particularly bad because its the semi-auto paddle area that has worn where the previous owner must have kept his thumb before activating the paddle. If i could guarantee it looking ok, id rather just get rid of this vinyl covering all together as the finish below it is just as nice, just not as glossy.
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I have the same problem on mine, seems particularly bad because its the semi-auto paddle area that has worn where the previous owner must have kept his thumb before activating the paddle. If i could guarantee it looking ok, id rather just get rid of this vinyl covering all together as the finish below it is just as nice, just not as glossy.
Yeah I think it's a common wear problem. Agreed about the underlying surface looking decent but I wouldn't take the risk of trying to remove all the matte coating.

Glad to see the affected part comes on its own and can be replaced? Does anyone have a sense of how much it would cost / how long it would take a mechanics to handle it?
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It can easily be done yourself without a mechanic. There are a ton of DIY info on here that shows how to take it off the steering wheel to do and one or two that shows how to do it without taking the airbag off. Here is one....Steering wheel trim removal.

Look in the for sale section. I just picked one up for $50 shipped. Also, ebay has new ones in the $100 range. You could always sand it and repaint it yourself for the price of a can of matte spray paint.

If you pay someone to do it, shouldn't take more than 1 hour...so whatever their hourly rate is...$85-$100? No idea, I try to do anything I can myself. Good luck
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Thanks guys -- really appreciate the help.
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