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ClassikFan
 


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United Kingdom 2008 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Stornoway GreyDiscovery 3
Shiny Steering Wheel? Not Anymore

As most D3's are at least 6 years old all but the low mileage ones will have a high gloss finish to the leather covering on the steering wheel. They start to look like they are made of plastic and it gives appearance of a high milage taxi! I found a good tip for removing this "shine" when I had my D2 and have just de-shined the wheel on my new to me D3.
I use Meguiars Leather Cleaner & Conditioner. Apply with a clean cloth, the cloth will soon go black but keep changing sides/cloth until the black marks on the cloth diminish. I did about 6 applications but my wheel wasn't too bad in the first place. Buff up with a microfibre or similar and once it has dried (might feel slightly stick for an hour or so, I left mine overnight) the wheel will have lost that high shine. You can even start to see the grain of the leather. It doesn't get back to that brand new look but is a massive improvement IME.
Didn't take a before pic but there are some shots of the results below.






  
Post #175066718th Dec 2016 4:03 pm
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steve-o
 


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That looks so much better than the shiny finish, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip!
  
Post #175257322nd Dec 2016 2:58 pm
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oldstout
 


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Nice one Cool

I do the same with Gliptone leather conditioner Wink
  
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Henda
 


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Looks good I used a magic eraser sponge thing on mine first messy but good then leather cleaner feels nice when driving Thumbs Up
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Post #17591696th Jan 2017 7:56 pm
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ClassikFan
 


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Was thinking of giving the gear selector knob a go too. It's so shiny I didn't realise it is meant to be leather!
  
Post #17592126th Jan 2017 9:08 pm
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Bones2014
 


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Good tip, I'll give mine a go Thumbs Up
  
Post #177853614th Feb 2017 11:59 am
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ClassikFan
 


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Before

After
  
Post #177854114th Feb 2017 12:12 pm
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NickJ
 


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Is a magic eraser okay to use? My steering wheel is about five years old now, having replaced it from the bobbly original, but now it's gaining a shine. Have read some good reports on the 'net about magic erasers but don't want to wreck the leather
  
Post #177869914th Feb 2017 7:16 pm
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ClassikFan
 


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Never tried magic eraser, I use lanolin free cleaner & conditioner. I think the shine is caused by oily skin so best not to eat greasy food while driving!
  
Post #177877714th Feb 2017 8:50 pm
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hilly10
 


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Wipe mine with a leather wipe once a week, always looks new
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Post #17860912nd Mar 2017 7:33 pm
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euangibson
 


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NickJ wrote:
Is a magic eraser okay to use? My steering wheel is about five years old now, having replaced it from the bobbly original, but now it's gaining a shine. Have read some good reports on the 'net about magic erasers but don't want to wreck the leather

Magic eraser is absolutely fine...it worked well and took the shine away immediately....unfortunately the effects only lasted a very short time (about a week I think), so I would recommend you use a good leather cleaner, as suggested in the opening post,for a better and longer lasting result Thumbs Up
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grumpyoldmule
 


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There's nothing quite like sitting in a discovery polishing your knob with a big smile on your face Smile
  
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titters
 


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ClassikFan
 


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Shocked
  
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Charliecloud
 


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grumpyoldmule wrote:
There's nothing quite like sitting in a discovery polishing your knob with a big smile on your face Smile


Haven't you got some new bushings to sort ? Laughing
  
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