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Old 21-02-2021, 07:04 PM   #1
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Question How to make a shiny leather steering wheel matte again?

What's the best DIY method of getting rid of the shine on a leather steering wheel? My wheel isn't really shiny because it's not really super old (2014) but it's shiny enough now that some days depending on the weather it can feel quite slippery almost. This is my wheel:



And this is what it should look like (not my photo):



There are a few questionable videos on YouTube that possibly do more damage than good so figured I'd ask here instead of following any of those. I know there is no substitute for a brand new wheel and I'll never get it perfect so I don't mind having to do something once a week to keep it fresh as I can I'll just add it to my weekly wash.

This method seems quite non-destructive [video]:


And this method looks like a more thorough job, any cheap (ish) UK available products that'll do this? The products used in the video come in at over £100 which isn't ideal for me at the moment [video]


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Old 21-02-2021, 07:26 PM   #2
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Have you tried some leather cleaner ? There are various on here recommended and work a treat, spray onto a microfibre cloth and wipe round wheel, repeat as required and it should lift the dirt away and remove the shine / restore some of the matt finish...
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Old 21-02-2021, 07:27 PM   #3
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Just get some leather cleaner, its a very simple job. I have used detailed online foaming one recently, very easy to use and brings the wheel back to new. I think its around £7.you can just use a microfiber cloth if need be and it will come up great

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Old 21-02-2021, 08:03 PM   #4
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Dr Leather wipes also work well, as does Bilt Hamber surfex HD at around 15:1

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Old 21-02-2021, 08:08 PM   #5
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I got great results from colourlock’s leather cleaning kit, not too harsh and brought the wife’s shiney steering wheel back to Matt finish

Colourlock Cleaning & Conditioning Kit | Clean, Care and Protect Leather | for car interiors, Furniture, Apparel, Shoes, Bags and Accessories | Mild Cleaner https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UPDS3...B8DN67839PBED6


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Dr Leather wipes also work well, as does Bilt Hamber surfex HD at around 15:1
Surfex is a last resort on leather!!!

Dodo Juice Supernatural is the most potent (yet safe) leather cleaner I've used and have no intention of changing it.. have a look online, it's won a number of awards and having had the same Audi steering wheel as you it does an incredible job at bringing back that OEM finish.

For regular cleaning - you would want to use something a bit milder like the above suggestion
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Old 21-02-2021, 09:21 PM   #7
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Surfex is a last resort on leather!!!

Dodo Juice Supernatural is the most potent (yet safe) leather cleaner I've used and have no intention of changing it.. have a look online, it's won a number of awards and having had the same Audi steering wheel as you it does an incredible job at bringing back that OEM finish.

For regular cleaning - you would want to use something a bit milder like the above suggestion
I agree is best just used for particularly awful steering wheels. So thanks for pointing it out

I have used a couple of times. 1 was actually on a TT wheel (other halfs son's) but that was a 2008 car and I don't think had ever been cleaned, and the other my neighbours filthy Micra wheel. Both came up pretty much like new.
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I agree is best just used for particularly awful steering wheels. So thanks for pointing it out

I have used a couple of times. 1 was actually on a TT wheel (other halfs son's) but that was a 2008 car and I don't think had ever been cleaned, and the other my neighbours filthy Micra wheel. Both came up pretty much like new.
Yep it's definitely effective and fine for one off restoration! I've never seen it damage in one use, but I did manage to eat through one part of my steering wheel clear-coat with repeated use on a previous car. I'll never use it on leather again, even diluted way way down.
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Old 21-02-2021, 10:44 PM   #9
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Another vote for supernatural leather cleaner. Work in with a brush and watch the crap leave.
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Another here for Dodo Juice Supernatural Cleaner, its brilliant stuff.
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