what to do about a sticky steering wheel?

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by arnies81camaro, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. arnies81camaro

    arnies81camaro Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    my steering wheel is sticky, is there any cleaners that will get rid of that? or should I paint it?
  2. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Ringgold, GA
    If you use the search function, type in "sticky steering wheel", you should get 54 threads where this has been discussed before. Solutions are anywhere from soaking in degreaser to putting into the dishwasher.
  3. m00n1957

    m00n1957 Veteran Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    blue mountain,ms USA
    i spray an old rag down with super clean and wipe wheel down. don't get it on anything except wheel.
  4. Ihada70Z28B4

    Ihada70Z28B4 Veteran Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Dishwasher does a great job.
  5. Tpichevy

    Tpichevy Veteran Member

    Jun 21, 2016
    Boise id
    That's funny my 70 has the same issue....thought I was thinking only one!
  6. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Rockledge, Florida
    I had this problem initially in 72. I cleaned it thoroughly, then installed a wrap around black steering wheel grip. Works great, is cheap, and looks like it came from the factory with it!
  7. 71flh

    71flh Veteran Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    Rumor has it the old hard plastic wheels deteriorated, but the later somewhat softer wheels or at least mine cleaned up good. Its black 4 spoke wheel from a later Camaro from a scrapyard. It had been there for a while and was filthy. Ran it through the dishwasher a few times and scrubbed on it, but the thing that finally cleaned it was immersing it in purple power for a while and scrubbing periodically. When fresh, purple power will slowly dissolve you.
    I've also put things like plastic dash bezels in it to remove everything down to the plastic.
  8. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    That's the reason I pulled my wheel off. I like it better than the one I replaced it with. I'm going to run it through the dishwasher a couple of times and see if it cleans up.
  9. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Waupaca WI
    Ran into a gal at a swap meet that refurbished steering wheels she would soak them in soapy water for a week or two and scrub on them a couple of times a day to get them clean. I done this with rubber parts off my car like the bump stops on the A-Arms they came out looking like new.

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