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Old 01-06-2016, 04:47 PM   #1
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BMW F32 4 series steering wheel driving me nuts

I'm hoping someone might be able to give me some pointers on here, as I've tried all my usual products to no avail.

I have a 15 plate 435 sport, covered 5500 miles so far.

The steering wheel is pictured below (just so people know which one I have)



So, the steering wheel has retained it's nice smooth but matt (I guess you'd call it a satin kind of finish) right up until about a month ago, when I noticed it starting to go a bit shiney.

Since then, I've tried cleaning it with:

- Dr Leather cleaner
- Gliptone leather cleaner
- Leathermaster strong effect leather cleaner

Dr Leather seems to be the best stuff on the leather seats (oyster....so a nightmare, so I use this and their Dye Block), but whilst it, and all the above, clean the steering wheel fairly well, there is still a slight sheen to the steering wheel - which seems to get almost instantly shiney as soon as I drive the car again.

I've never had this issue before on any of my previous BMWs, so I don't think it's just a case of my skin type or anything, and I remember a friends was doing something similar after similar mileage. If I've had anything greasy on my hands at all, I always wash them - so it's not like I'm slapping suncream on or something and then jumping in the car.

Here's what it looks like today after a 20 min drive to work - and that was with me consciously trying to hold the wheel in different places!



If anyone has any suggestions of what works on these wheels, as the leather must be something funky, I'd really like to hear from you and also where I can buy whatever it is you use.

Thanks in advance.
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Same sort of leather thats on my M-sport steering wheel dude, 'Angelwax Heaven for leather' with no other conditioners or protection will bring back that super matt feel. Anything else you add on top creates more shine, I've tried dozens over the last few months. but non of the conditioners/protectors leave it with a matt finish.
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Sounds worth a shot! Where do you purchase it please fella?

*edit - it's ok, found some.

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Sounds worth a shot! Where do you purchase it please fella?

*edit - it's ok, found some.
I bought mini from HD detailing buddy

http://www.highdefinitiondetail.co.u...en-for-leather

Spray on, agitate with a brush then wipe clean with a damp Microfibre, sorted
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dr leather spray or wipes? as I found the wipes better for this task along with an old toothbrush to gently agitate the cleaner.
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Is this common with BMW?


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i have exactly the same steering wheel in my 1 series and i have got exactly the same issue tbh.. i haven't actually tried anything to clean it yet so i will keep an eye on this thread..
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Think so mate, the dr leather wipes seemed to do the trick on the f11,
But took ages with multiple passes with the wipes and toothbrush.

Also you really need to let it fully dry before driving the car.
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Thanks for the replies guys, appreciated.

I've ordered some of the Angelwax stuff, so will see how that goes.

I might give the Dr Leather spray a go again, and use a toothbrush to agitate it a bit. I didn't bother using a brush last time, as the wheel leather is quite smooth - perhaps that will help.

Failing that, I'll try the new product. I'll report back either way.
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I've detailed a few of the newer models lately, the standard sports wheel is slightly shiny leather so you can pretty much use any of the normal cleaners/protectors, but the higher spec and M wheels have a matt finish that looks horrid with anything on it and feels even worse with conditioner.
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