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      11-05-2017, 11:24 AM   #1
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Cleaning M3 Stitching and Steering Wheel Leather - Testimonial

So, I saw a number of photo's of the M3 wheel (this car is new to me as of about 4-5 weeks ago). And I was floored by how well the alternating stitching popped in these photo's. Decided to tackle the job and see what would happen.

Warning to all those who acquire or who 'think' their steering wheel is clean. IT IS NOT!

I decided to use woolite stain remover, and after about 5 minutes with the tooth brush, realized there was a huge cake of oils and residue on my wheel. I have no idea if this is a coating of some kind or just a REALLY REALLY REALLY dirty wheel. Think 1995 ford mustang with the champagne interior, 20 years later! Black literally started to peel off the wheel with aggressive woolite and aggressive microfibers smearing/wiping the shit of this wheel.

Enjoy the photo's and the last one is the best before/after I could get.

Where I started (not to bad right?)
E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

Tooth brush action (again not to bad...)
E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

Then all hell breaks loose, as quite literally a coating of shit on the leather starts to break down from the woolite that is spilling over onto the leather where the stitching isn't. Most disgusting thing I have ever seen in a car.

E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

It's not just one spot either, it's all over the top of the wheel as a slick nasty coating. I keep adding woolite and keep scrubbing (knowing I have leather masters vital ready to treat the leather and return all the 'good' oils back to the hide after this truly aggressive treatment)

E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

The towel (both sides looked like this when done!)
E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr

Finally I get it clean, and the stitching really does pop super nice!
E93 m3 Cleaning the stitching and wheel by Ian Bennett, on Flickr
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      11-05-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Not bad , good job ! But I'm pretty sure this works better for our Novillo leather => http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=768340
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      11-05-2017, 05:54 PM   #3
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Very interesting. Leatherique?
I am about out of my strong cleaner, and running lower on my vital.
This might be the next cleaning product.

Did you apply it and let it sit for 2 days? OR did you let it sit for 2 days, apply leatherique, then wipe it off right away? How long did you let the cleaner sit is the basic question?

Thanks, in that thread I have to admit the leather looks better than mine
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Very interesting. Leatherique?
I am about out of my strong cleaner, and running lower on my vital.
This might be the next cleaning product.

Did you apply it and let it sit for 2 days? OR did you let it sit for 2 days, apply leatherique, then wipe it off right away? How long did you let the cleaner sit is the basic question?

Thanks, in that thread I have to admit the leather looks better than mine
1-Just use the Leatherique Rejuvenator oil .
2-Park your car in full sunlight with the windows closed and let it sit for 2 days or longer..
3-Wipe it off with a microfiber towel and use warm water .

Done...
Thanks for the compliment !
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I thought my steering wheel was relatively clean as well until I bought some leather cleaner and gave it a quick scrub. Had to rinse the towel out a couple times and the water that came out of the towel was pitch black every time.
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I thought my steering wheel was relatively clean as well until I bought some leather cleaner and gave it a quick scrub. Had to rinse the towel out a couple times and the water that came out of the towel was pitch black every time.
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I thought my steering wheel was relatively clean as well until I bought some leather cleaner and gave it a quick scrub. Had to rinse the towel out a couple times and the water that came out of the towel was pitch black every time.
Maybe that was the leather dye.
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Like helmsmen stated, I only use leatherique on my steering wheel. I must have cleaned it 3-4 times this year already and it works wells removing the filth. I did not use the oil on the steering wheel but just did a quick wipe down with the cleaner.

Trying out swissvax next to compare against.
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      12-12-2017, 01:53 AM   #9
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Interesting. I cleaned my wheel last week with strong cleaner and a brush. When I was done it looked like I rubbed off part of the leather coating. Picture looked similar to your "dirty" wheel. Maybe I need to go back and clean some more. Or maybe I did kill it.
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Interesting. I cleaned my wheel last week with strong cleaner and a brush. When I was done it looked like I rubbed off part of the leather coating. Picture looked similar to your "dirty" wheel. Maybe I need to go back and clean some more. Or maybe I did kill it.
You want to be careful with the leather regardless if seats or wheel Nick. It's painted, if you try too hard the coat may come off.
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Interesting. I cleaned my wheel last week with strong cleaner and a brush. When I was done it looked like I rubbed off part of the leather coating. Picture looked similar to your "dirty" wheel. Maybe I need to go back and clean some more. Or maybe I did kill it.
You want to be careful with the leather regardless if seats or wheel Nick. It's painted, if you try too hard the coat may come off.
Yep, lesson learned.
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