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Restoring Steering Wheel need ideas

#1 User is offline   dave123 

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 09:56 AM

Hello. I have a 75 cj5 with the original steering wheel. It's the big black one that looks like it should be in an 18 wheeler. Anyway, it has cracks in the plastic in several places that are quite deep and look bad. I would like to fill them in. I checked and restoration kits are over $100.00.

Does anyone know a cheap way to fix it? I would like to fill the cracks with something like epoxy and then paint it.

Any advice appreciated.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 11:45 AM

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My dad had one that was cracked & he filled it w/epoxy/bondo & then painted it.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 12:46 PM

I made the same repair ages ago on a CJ-2A steering wheel, and I used Marine-Tex. Available at most BOAT/Marina stores.
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:01 PM

Try going to Quadratec.com and request a catalog
They have many parts that are great in restoring
the part # for a steering wheel is 56114.01 @ $104.99

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:52 PM

Thanx

Got me some plastic epoxy cheap at home depot. hopefully, i can make it look ok with that and some paint and sandpaper.
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

View Postdave123, on May 16 2008, 04:52 PM, said:

Thanx

Got me some plastic epoxy cheap at home depot. hopefully, i can make it look ok with that and some paint and sandpaper.
Make sure you do a little test 1st. Hate for you to trash your steering wheel. Marine-tex is a great product. It won't shrink in time like some other two-part systems.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 04:13 PM

Epoxy from home depot worked great. Due to the depth of the cracks, I had do several passes, but after some sanding and black paint, it looks pretty good for the price! Too bad I don't know how to post pics, I have a before and after..
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 04:34 PM

View Postdave123, on Jun 14 2008, 05:13 PM, said:

Epoxy from home depot worked great. Due to the depth of the cracks, I had do several passes, but after some sanding and black paint, it looks pretty good for the price! Too bad I don't know how to post pics, I have a before and after..

Nice going Dave. :gun:

Send me the pics at the JOM email address that JT has set up for this. I'll get the pics from there and post them for you.
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I did my Willys steering wheel also, did you paint it after the epoxy :)
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 05:44 PM

I painted it bar-B-Q black. fits rest of Jeep. Will send pics to you, thanx
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 08:52 AM

Really good work from the pics you sent. :whistle: (Btw, don't take pics with dates in them, that is for Rollbar and amateurs :grin:)

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What type of paint did you use and did you seal the paint somehow :biggrin1:

When I did mine Scheller I gave it to someone else to paint that had a body shop. Needless to say that the paint rubs off a bit now with use but I kind of like the look because it does not look so shiny and new. With my Willys which it is not supposed to. My cracks were so thin that it was hard to fill in one area and I can barely see one now but not enough to do it again. Next time I'll open the crack a bit so it can fill in better. :bat:
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:58 AM

thanx for posting the pics. I used Rustoleum flat black Bar-B-Q paint. I used the same paint for the engine compartment some time back, and it has worn quite well.

I like the flat black much better than gloss. I did not seal it. If it starts to sweat off, I will put something on it. Actually, the picture picks up the light and shows the seams a little. Looks better in person. Not perfect, but for $5.00, I'm happy. As far as the date, it's wifes camera, don't even know how to turn off the date, besides, I am an amateur!
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