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Old 08-19-2019, 06:02 AM   #1
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Whatís the best product to use on filling and repairing the cracks on a steering wheel? Iíve heard that two part araldite (I think itís spelt like that) works well. Anyone used it?
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I've used MarineTex repairing several steering wheels. That was the recommended product in an old CCCI magazine restoration article. It works well and you can purchase it at most local marine supply dealers (ie. boat dealers).

https://www.amazon.com/Marine-Tex-Wa...ateway&sr=8-11


Some one may even have a copy of the CCCI article to post providing instructions for the job.
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POR15 make a product for filling cracks in steering wheels. I went to my auto body supply place to buy some and they talked me into using panel adhesive which comes in a two-part tube with a mixing nozzle that you dispense out of one of those two part cartridge guns. It's been about a year, still looking good. It's very tedious work, lots of sanding. I used a Dremel tool with a carbide tip to grind out the cracks.
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Is it necessary to make the groove wider at the bottom to anchor the epoxy? (marine tex is what I have)
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Marine tex is also a two part epoxy, and what I like about it is it's similarity in texture/color (if you buy gray) to the original steering wheel material. I like to use a heavy Exacto knife and cut out the cracked (and rotted) areas of the wheel in a 45 deg 'V' to get all the bad material out and provide a large surface area of good material for the epoxy to bond to. You can use a 'dished file' for the knobby areas of the wheel which works well, and yes some sanding after.

Make sure you use a two part urethane paint for the finishing as it will last much better than a standard paint.
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Here are some steering wheel repair articles that I have on hand....Hope you find them useful.
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I repaired with two part epoxy, PC-7.
I believe JB weld would be just as good.
I used a file to make the groove, and circle file for the bottom.

Steering wheel was repainted with the rest of the interior.
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I've used JB Weld on several steering wheel repairs. First I used a Dremel and opened the crack up and then applied the epoxy. After sitting over-night or more, I ground that down to basic shape. Then I used normal body filler to smooth out. I primered the repaired areas. Finally, I used acrylic enamel with a hardener. The wheels I've done are all still looking good.
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i've used marine tex on a few wheels it works well.
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