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jasongtr
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Post how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 11, 2017, 20:17
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I have done many steering wheels and i am frequently asked if i can thicken them up, now i usually go over the factory leather with fresh leather or alcantara but sometimes people want it thicker still.

What is the best material/foam (not too spongy though) to use, ideally one that can be sanded or tapered down on the edges so its just the rim thats getting thicker not the spokes

many thanks

Jason

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Post Re: how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 12, 2017, 02:52
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Hey Jason, I don't personally do steering wheels all that often, so someone else may come along with some better advice, but I use closed cell foam on the rare occasion I do do it.

Alternatively, you could just keep adding hide after hide, and as the steering wheel wears over the years there will be a brand new one (albeit a hide thinner) waiting underneath to be discovered! I'm pretty sure the CCF is a better solution. . .

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Post Re: how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 12, 2017, 08:41
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thanks, hide after hide may be a good idea for musical steering wheel unwrapping. hahaha but its not going to be good use of time doing the wheel a few times to achieve the desired result.

thanks for the input

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Post Re: how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 13, 2017, 14:13
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Quote from jasongtr on February 12, 2017, 08:41
thanks, hide after hide may be a good idea for musical steering wheel unwrapping. hahaha but its not going to be good use of time doing the wheel a few times to achieve the desired result.

thanks for the input

Exactly, it would be quite a waste of time to do it a few times, unless of course the customer was paying you for each layer and not just the final product! Try the CCF though if no one else chimes in, it works out great for me.

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Post Re: how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 14, 2017, 21:13
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I also use a 3mm closed cell foam for those jobs. I dont know about the situation in the UK but here in germany I have problems to get any CCF. I just have this only one distributor and he only got this 3mm CCF. If you dont find a distributor for CCF I can give u the adress - if you find one... PLEASE LET ME KNOW ;D

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Post Re: how to add thickness to a steering wheel
on: February 15, 2017, 08:58
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this then?

http://www.as-trim.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_249&products_id=970

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