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Old 12-31-2005, 04:07   #1 (permalink)
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XW/XY GT Steering Wheel

Here is an XW/XY GS and GT Steering Wheel that I restored myself...
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Re: XW/XY GT Steering Wheel

nice work...what condition was it in to begin with? how did you sort the chrome on the edges out?
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nice work...what condition was it in to begin with? how did you sort the chrome on the edges out?
Thanx hot_eb...the wheel had one crack on the woodgrain,and a few split's on the back.The chrome tape is pinstriping from an autoparts store that seems to be the right width.Removing the old chrome band...(or at least what was left of it) was the first thing I did to this wheel...which was very tedious and not so fun!! Putting on the new tape as one of the finishing touches was less tedious,and more satisfying.Regards...Luke!!
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how did you sort out the cracks? does it look seemless where crack used to be?
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Sorry...but the rest of the process I need to keep up my sleeve hot_eb.A part of me would like to explain it all to you,as nobody would tell me how to restore and finish them when I first decided to give one a try...and I remember getting annoyed with them.Now that I have done loads of experimenting and found a process and style that I am happy enough with...I find myself in the same boat not wanting reveall the whole process to everyone.Although my wheels are different from the factory finish and I have seen many that I believe are a better job than mine...I want to maintane a uniqueness to them.I will give you a good tip though if you want to restore a GT steering wheel...go out and get the most busted up cheapest GT steering wheel to practise on first like I did.I got hold of a really damaged XB GT steering wheel at a swap meet for $20 with no pad or horn rubber...and used it to experiment on.Make sure it is a really bad one...and not one you will regret butchering at a later date.To finish off...none of the repairs I did on the steering wheel were visible in the slightest when completed.If you want a good finish,you have to be patient and willing to put alot of time into it for a better end result,and don't half do anything.Thanx...Lukeh!!
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