Sticky steering wheels

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  1. La.Z8

    La.Z8 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My 1981 Z28 of course has 4 spoke factory steering wheel. At the moment it`s not suffering from the "stickiness" problem. I`m now taking it out some in the deep souths hot, humid, sunny days. Any ideas how to keep it from getting sticky? Thanks Dale
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mine used to do that. I think it's the finish actually coming off
     
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    I used WD40 it helped , always read of guys sneaking it in the dishwasher?
     
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    WD40 interesting. Thanks all
     
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    When my car sat outside it had the sticky wheel, haven't had any issues since it sits in my shop now.
     
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    Dawn dishwasher detergent and hot water
     
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    Not the same as the steering wheel, but my console lid was a sticky mess of goo. I kept reading on here about putting it in the dishwasher and it sounded crazy, but one evening while drinking with the girlfriend, Astoundingly, she agreed to let me run it thru the dishwasher (empty of course). Anyway, I ran it thru very skeptically, but once it came out, it was significantly less gooey. Based on that, I ran it thru again and it was much better. The third time it came out almost perfect. However, after the 3rd time evidently I wore out my welcome in the kitchen so that was as far as I got. I am convinced once I can sneak in one more cycle, it should be good to go.

    I'm not sure why it works, but it certainly did.


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    The goo will come back - I posted a detailed thread on this dishwasher topic with a lot of pics. Your steering wheel is degrading and there really isnt anything you can do to stop it permanently. One person applied a clear coat to the wheel (SEM clear coat I think), which helped and will slow things down. But you are going to need to buy a new wheel at some point.
     
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    I applied SEM Low Lustre Clear to my '80 Z28 steering wheel after scrubbing it very well. I think I even flushed it with lacquer thinner as a final cleaning step before applying the SEM. It's been 3 years and the sticky-ness has not returned. Might not be permanent...but has worked so far.
     
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    The SEM low lustre clear sounds like a cool idea. As I stated I don`t have an issue yet. But I`m just now getting it out in the heat/humidity, which down here is temps 95-100 with 90% plus humidity. Again thanks all!
     

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