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Old 21-07-2021, 05:58 PM   #1
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Cleaning steering wheel... Have I removed leather dye?

So, in anticipation of handing my car back I thought I'd give it a clean inside and out, to clean the leather I bought some Labocosmetica Derma cleaner, I applied it using a mf pad, and when I whipped it down with an mf cloth, it look like the below. Both sides have been cleaned but as you'll see one side looks like dye has come off...




Am I right or is this just dirt, bearing in mind it was black and a bit shiny before I attacked it!
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Old 21-07-2021, 05:59 PM   #2
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Old 25-07-2021, 01:13 PM   #3
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It is very easy to, not have cleaned it enough..... or the Whipping did some damage
Most cases it's best to use the tried and tested ways. A diluted APC and right old clean up will get it. It will take time and progress can be slow if really dirty. It will clean up eventually.
Maybe if you continue with more patience it will come good. I'd have gone with the APC route as so much sweat, dirt and all sorts get rubbed into a steering wheel which is a mega health hazard.
Then look at what you want to use. Usually a good wipe down with damp MF towels to remove any APC.
No WHIPPING
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Old 25-07-2021, 01:45 PM   #4
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One side looks to have some wear on it, they are easy to damage by scrubbing too hard.
Often the protective coating softens from friction, greasy hands (natural)
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Old 26-07-2021, 10:24 AM   #5
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Looks like a BMW wheel judging by the running gear. My 5 year old BMW suffered the same. Was filthy (to my standards inside) and the steering wheel was minging and shiny. Cleaned it all off once and was fine. Second time I did it (8 months later) the colour came off. Well known to do this apparently and it looks the same as yours unfortunately. Its quite minor though so I would say just use it and hand it back and keep quiet
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Old 26-07-2021, 12:16 PM   #6
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I would say that some colour has come off there, very common issue with a lot of these BMW steering wheels.
Perhaps someone else had tackled it before you, with a magic eraser, which is really not recommended, once is all it takes with those.
I’m assuming this is a PCP / lease when you say you are handing it back.
If you were keeping it, I would have recommended a steering wheel refrurb kit, about to do that with my own, which has the same issues ( often sticky and never cleaned well) and now losing the colour dye. Car is only 4 years old with 27k miles, I would expect much better from BMW
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Old 27-07-2021, 07:11 AM   #7
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My F30 was exactly the same. The steering wheel always felt slightly tacky, and even with gentle cleaning, using Dr Leather, the finish was slowly being removed. Never had this issue on my wife's Merc or Audi.

Don't be worrying about it if the car is going back. It's perfectly normal wear and tear.

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Old 27-07-2021, 07:25 PM   #8
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Solclens is what you need. It removes all the crud from wheels effortlessly, as long as you don't mix it too strong. Spray it on, leave a few moments, then simply wipe off.
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Old 29-07-2021, 07:39 PM   #9
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Appears we may have wasted our time on this one guys
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