Have just acquired a 30 year old Capri steering wheel with a leather rim. Condition as new apart from one small indentation across the rim where it appears to have been stored against an object like the edge of a box.
Is there any way to persuade this slight depression to come out? The leather is not marked in any way, just lightly indented.
In decided to enlighten our sheltered souls with a rant as follows
Just use it.
Leather? 30 yr old?
What Capri is that out of then?
Did the JPS have a leather wheel? I can't think of any Mk2's that'd have a leather one.
It's actually from an early Mk2 Ghia, but essentially the same wheel as the Mk1 facelift, which is what I have. Just needs the front panel changing over.
I don't know about Mk2's, but I don't think any Mk1's came with a leather wheel as standard. The sales brochures all refer to a "leather effect wheel" in specifications for the GT and GXL models.
They were available as an optional extra though. My parts manual lists wheels with plastic, rubber, leather effect or leather rims for both pre and facelift cars.
This is actually the second leather wheel I've got. The other one is slightly scuffed around the rim, and the stitching is worn. I also have a leather effect wheel. Only one car though :(
Philip Stokes wrote:
They usually restore themselves in time - its not worth getting them recovered. You could use some leather dressing so it softens and releases the indent.
I don't intend getting it recovered. I've yet to see a recovered wheel that manages to replicate the factory pattern stitching.
I've tried some leather treatment, and I have to say it already looks slightly less obvious. I suspect given regular treatment and use it will resolve itself in time.