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    1. 04-15-2019 02:30 PM #1
      I already put this in the specific section but thought I'd try here also. I noticed a little mark on my steering wheel. Anybody have any tips on how to bring the color back without harming the leather anymore? And sorry for the extremely large photo. Took it with the phone and don't know how to resize it


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      04-15-2019 02:51 PM #2
      Every now and then I clean my steering wheel with a regular towel and little bit of water...if needed I'll add some Simple Green.
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      04-15-2019 02:54 PM #3
      Try Leatherique Prestine Clean.

    5. 04-15-2019 02:55 PM #4
      I tried some water and towel. It's not working. Goes back to how it looks in the photo. Just need something to bring back the color a little. Thanks for the adivce though. I'll look into that cleaner.

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      04-15-2019 03:09 PM #5
      I used a microfiber towel and Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer to clean my steering wheel (and other parts of the interior). It worked very well. Between that and a California duster the inside of the car looked almost like the day I bought it.
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    7. 04-15-2019 03:20 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by VarianceVQ View Post
      I used a microfiber towel and Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer to clean my steering wheel (and other parts of the interior). It worked very well. Between that and a California duster the inside of the car looked almost like the day I bought it.
      Does it bring back the color though? Other than that spot the rest of the wheel is perfect.

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      04-15-2019 03:23 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubfan35 View Post
      Does it bring back the color though? Other than that spot the rest of the wheel is perfect.
      You keep saying bring back the color.

      That picture doesn't look like that is your issue, so no one is suggesting anything to bring back the color.

      It looks like something is on it, a lotion or sunscreen with high zinc oxide can do that. It could just be something discoloring it like dead skin which will clean off.

      Leather steering wheels and most car leathere it painted, just a surface coating not a dye like most think.

      If the color is some how missing, like something scrapped it, then you will need to have to touched up, no magically cleaning product is going to fix that.



      so does it need to be cleaned or does it need to be repainted?

    9. 04-15-2019 03:30 PM #8
      I took leather cleaner to it and after it dried it still looked like that. I used a microfiber towel and let it dry. So I'm amusing it's not the top layer of the wheel. I was just hoping for a cleaner or reconditioner that brings back the matte look. I'm more concerned about the color than the feeling if that makes sense.

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      04-15-2019 03:31 PM #9
      Yeah, it just looks like a mark I had on my wheel that also wouldn't come off with plain water and I figured I had scraped or scuffed it at some point. Using the Meguiar's got rid of it and didn't alter or lift the color of the wheel.
      The taxes...the finger thing means the taxes.

    11. 04-15-2019 03:35 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by VarianceVQ View Post
      Yeah, it just looks like a mark I had on my wheel that also wouldn't come off with plain water and I figured I had scraped or scuffed it at some point. Using the Meguiar's got rid of it and didn't alter or lift the color of the wheel.
      Sweet. Which exact product did you use if you don't mind? Appreciate it.

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      04-15-2019 03:39 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by VarianceVQ View Post
      I used a microfiber towel and Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer to clean my steering wheel (and other parts of the interior). It worked very well. Between that and a California duster the inside of the car looked almost like the day I bought it.
      I keep a Swiffer pad in my glove box.
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      04-15-2019 03:41 PM #12
      This:

      The taxes...the finger thing means the taxes.

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      04-15-2019 06:02 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by vwpiloto View Post
      Try Leatherique Prestine Clean.
      This gets my vote.

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      04-16-2019 08:01 AM #14
      We had something similar on our leather couch. The furniture store replaced it and called it “spew”. No joke look it up, happens on occasion with leather.
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      04-16-2019 09:02 AM #15
      Take it to the dealer and get it warrantee to immediately. Mine started doing this and has started flaking recently after the dealer attempted to clean it, by the looks of it. Volkswagen has so far refused to warranty it.
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    17. 04-16-2019 09:19 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCalDubber View Post
      Take it to the dealer and get it warrantee to immediately.
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      Volkswagen has so far refused to warranty it.

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      04-16-2019 09:25 AM #17
      Yeah get in to that dealer and lemon law it.

      Try that Meguiars cleaner with an old toothbrush to agitate the smegma out of the leather grain.
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    19. 04-16-2019 09:46 AM #18
      Is it ok to give a baby simple green if it is crying all the time?

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      04-16-2019 11:18 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by JustPassingBy View Post
      Is it ok to give a baby simple green if it is crying all the time?
      What? Just STFU, will you.

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      04-16-2019 11:47 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCalDubber View Post
      Take it to the dealer and get it warrantee to immediately.

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      04-16-2019 11:51 AM #21
      Totaled.

      This happened to my MK6's wheel. I had the key in my hand and carelessly rubbed the wheel with it getting out, and it forever had a mark on the side from that. The leather they use feels nice, but I think it's kind of soft and not overly durable.
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    23. 04-16-2019 12:52 PM #22
      Thanks guys. I'm going to try the meguires stuff and hopefully it works better than the mothers stuff I've already tried. I just don't want to do more damage by scrubbing it anymore.

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      04-17-2019 02:58 PM #23
      Any recommendation for Alcantara and leather on steering wheel.... my leather is sort of getting some white spots and the alcantara is beginning to feel crusty.

    25. 04-17-2019 03:13 PM #24
      Tried the meguires stuff and it didn't work. It's a scuff in the leather. Oh well. Thanks guy for the recommendations.

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      04-17-2019 03:15 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCalDubber View Post
      Take it to the dealer and get it warrantee to immediately. Mine started doing this and has started flaking recently after the dealer attempted to clean it, by the looks of it. Volkswagen has so far refused to warranty it.

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