Steering Wheel Restoration Paint by ColorBond – Colorbond Paint

Steering Wheel Restoration Paint by ColorBond

Posted on July 22 2021

Steering Wheel Restoration Paint by ColorBond


Life is rough for a steering wheel. It receives constant abrasion and wear. Rings scratch it. Dirt and body oils stain it. It gets baked in the sun. It begins looking sad. It’s time for steering wheel restoration therapy.

But just how to restore a steering wheel you ask? Well, you could send it to a shop for a professional restoration. Or you could save money and do the job yourself by painting it. To some people, painting a steering wheel seems like an unusual concept. But it can be done, and it can look fantastic. The important thing is to use a quality product designed for this purpose. Some folks have tried using standard spray paint and found it doesn’t turn out too well, and when the paint is used on leather surfaces it doesn’t look natural.

Considerations steering wheel restoration paint is that it bonds strongly to the surface so it can deal with wear and tear without delaminating. Equally as important is durability and the ability to handle high heat without cracking or peeling.

ColorBond LVP Refinisher was designed with automotive environments in mind. It forms a tough and long-lasting bond with the surface of leather, vinyl or plastic without peeling, flaking or cracking. It dries within 40 seconds and bonds within 10 minutes. So, the steering wheel can be used shortly after you’re done painting. Perhaps best of all, it looks great and doesn’t obscure fine grain surface textures. ColorBond is trusted by Ford Motor Company for interior repairs on their assembly lines. ColorBond LVP Refinisher is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors, with 205 colors available.

Steering Wheel Surface Preparation

Proper preparation of the surface is critical for any good paint job, and your steering wheel restoration is no different. Dirt, body oil, plastic and leather conditioners and other contaminants must be removed so that ColorBond can thoroughly bond to the surface. ColorBond Prep Cleaner is recommended to best clean the surface.

For best adhesion to a steering wheel, it’s recommended to apply ColorBond Adhesion Promoter before spraying with LVP Refinisher, especially on hard plastic surfaces.

Steering Wheel Restoration

The leather on Scott Jones’ 2005 Ram steering wheel was damaged by frequent exposure to the mosquito repellant on his hands. To start his steering wheel restoration, he cleaned the wheel with denatured alcohol. Then addressed rough spots in the leather by lightly sanding with 100 grit and up to 1000 grit sandpaper. Then a final wipe down with the alcohol. Adhesion Promoter and LVP Refinisher came next. Scott used one can of LVP Refinisher, Prep Cleaner and Adhesion Promoter at a cost of $40.00. In comparison, a good used Ram Steering wheel typically runs $100.00 to $135.00. A professional restoration would most likely be more.

2005 Ram Steering Wheel Looking Refreshed

Elvis U. says: “Very easy to use. Loved it. I will definitely use this product again in the future for other vehicles.”

Gary Archer used Prep Cleaner and LVP Refinisher to change the color of his wheel for $24.00. A new steering wheel. A new custom wheel would be about $350-400.

Make your steering wheel happy again with steering wheel restoration therapy by ColorBond!

For more information on ColorBond LVP Refinisher click here.

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson founded and operated ColorBond Paint since 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in the automotive painting industry. ColorBond Paint specializes in leather, vinyl, and plastic specific aerosol paint that is OEM approved for automotive manufacturers.


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