rope steering wheel

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    1978CamaroZ28 New Member

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    I saw another thread that suggested degreaser and 409. I tried it yesterday and it worked pretty good. Not like brand new but dang close...

    Wish I had a pressure washer to get the deep crevices but you work with what ya got :)
     
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    I have used everthing but the wheel on my 74 would get sticky after a while so I finally bought another wheel
     
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    You can own a pressure washer for 3 minutes at your local car wash for about $1.25 :crazy:
     
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    Why did they use rope to cover the steering wheel? Was this the thing to do at the time?
     
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    It's not a real rope; it's moulded into the urethane.
     
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    It's called "outgassing", as the chemicals bleed out of the plastic over time.

    I usually soak the wheel in hot water and OxyClean for a day or so, then a hard bristle brush all the way around. Cleans right up.

    The pressure washer works great as well, but I didn't have one when I discovered the OxyClean method. I shot my last one down with 409, let it soak for a few, and blast away.

    Not sure how long the 'treatment' lasts this way, but the OxyClean seems to last quite awhile- no stickiness yet after a few years..
     

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