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    Has any one tried to paint or refinish Their steering wheel. Mine has no cracks just a couple of scratches and finish is wearing off.
    By the way, I ask on a previous thread about the steering wheel lock plate. I was all confused because the P.O. had installed the wheel wrong. The lock plate had been installed under the steering wheel and then chewed up and stuck in the turn signal switch. I thought it may have been the cam for the turn signals.[:I][}]

    John Ratliff

  • #2
    John,
    I've had great results with Plasti-Cote Epoxy, in the aerosol can, that is used for spray painting appliances. Follow the directions on the label and that stuff dries REAL slick and shiney,[8D]as well as rock hard! That's important for a steering wheel. I'm sure there may be other material out there, but for the convinence and the price, I think it would be hard to beat. The only draw back is it dosen't come in metalic colors (colours?),,,mabe from another paint manufacturer? Hope this helps.

    Dan Miller
    Atlanta, GA

    [img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
    Road Racers turn left AND right.

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    • #3
      John,
      I've had great results with Plasti-Cote Epoxy, in the aerosol can, that is used for spray painting appliances. Follow the directions on the label and that stuff dries REAL slick and shiney,[8D]as well as rock hard! That's important for a steering wheel. I'm sure there may be other material out there, but for the convinence and the price, I think it would be hard to beat. The only draw back is it dosen't come in metalic colors (colours?),,,mabe from another paint manufacturer? Hope this helps.

      Dan Miller
      Atlanta, GA

      [img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
      Road Racers turn left AND right.

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      • #4
        Almost any standard acrylic enamel car paint will work. Just clean it well, sand it, use primer/sealer, and spray it. Finish with a clear acylic as a last pass.

        If you have cracks, use a file, hack saw, or whatever to widen them, then emery cloth tape to clean down to the metal core, and fill with PC7 or JB Weld epoxy. Like shampoo, fill, sand, and repeat until everything is smooth, then prime/seal and paint.

        [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com
        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.

        '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
        ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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        • #5
          Almost any standard acrylic enamel car paint will work. Just clean it well, sand it, use primer/sealer, and spray it. Finish with a clear acylic as a last pass.

          If you have cracks, use a file, hack saw, or whatever to widen them, then emery cloth tape to clean down to the metal core, and fill with PC7 or JB Weld epoxy. Like shampoo, fill, sand, and repeat until everything is smooth, then prime/seal and paint.

          [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com
          Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.

          '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
          ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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          • #6
            I didn't have a steering wheel puller for my 48 Champion, so I got a steering wheel cover from NAPA for a truck (larger diameter). It was only avalible in black so I sprayed it with tan vinyl dye. Looks pretty good to me and it made the steering wheel a little more comfortable on my hands!!!

            GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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            • #7
              I didn't have a steering wheel puller for my 48 Champion, so I got a steering wheel cover from NAPA for a truck (larger diameter). It was only avalible in black so I sprayed it with tan vinyl dye. Looks pretty good to me and it made the steering wheel a little more comfortable on my hands!!!

              GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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              • #8
                I have painted steering wheels on the car with sprayed auto enamel. Just be careful in your preparation, masking, and spray pattern. It has lasted for years for me, even on everyday drivers. It brings back memories of one car that I painted half the dash and steering wheel in a friend's shop and then drove the car home using the horn ring to steer with (slow trip, young, not far).

                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                • #9
                  I have painted steering wheels on the car with sprayed auto enamel. Just be careful in your preparation, masking, and spray pattern. It has lasted for years for me, even on everyday drivers. It brings back memories of one car that I painted half the dash and steering wheel in a friend's shop and then drove the car home using the horn ring to steer with (slow trip, young, not far).

                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    To tell the truth now that I have the steering wheel cover on I like it better than I thought I would!!!

                    GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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                    • #11
                      To tell the truth now that I have the steering wheel cover on I like it better than I thought I would!!!

                      GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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