HOW TO: Refurb a Spark Steering wheel

8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #39348 by Gadget2466
Hi, Aftter purchasing my MGTF 135, with spark interior I noticed the silver paint on the steering wheel had rubbed off on the uppor and lower parts of the wheel. it seems the paint was applied an no lacquer as you can easily rub it off down to the white plastic underneath,

the New Steering wheels are not available, or at least at a reasonable price (£190) so I set about treating mine to a new spray job.

Not a big task, but this is the first time I have spray painted anything, not even a bridge or underpass in my youth,

tools Needed:
Grey Primer suitable for plastic
Silver metallic paint, your choice of how dark or light you go , the original was darker than the Center Console so I tried to go in between the two.
Wet and dry paper, I used 600, 1200 and 1500
Masking tape,
Paper for laying down and for masking
Clear Lacquer.

First step is to DISCONNECT THE BATTERY, then WAIT 30 MINUTES before attempting to remove the airbag or steering wheel. This is most important, and very serious injury will occur if you try to remove the airbag unit before it has fully discharged.

Photo of the paint rubbing off of the wheel.





Once your 30 mins are up, remove the Steering wheel.
First ensure the wheels are point straight ahead.

then remove the two Size 30 Torq screws from behind the wheel, one on each side



The airbag can now be prised gently away, be careful as there are two connection behind which need to be removed.



Remove the large connector with Red and Black wires from the plug on the Wheel boss.




then remove the Yellow plug from the back of the Airbag unit. One tip here is to draw a line down the connector so you get a blob on the airbag which will give you the right orientation for refitting later, It seems the plug can go in both ways, I don't know if this has any effect or not. So better to be sure.



Now you can remove the Steering wheel, check the wheels are straight ahead. Undo the 19mm Center Bolt.



and remove the wheel, it just pulls straight forward.



Now Mask up the wheel ready for spraying. this photo is after the Primer.
I have photos of this but it is just as easy to explain the process.

Primer: one coat of primer, wait to dry for 1 hour under a Halon Heater, but any heater will do.
When dry give a sand with the 1200 Wet and Dry paper (dry)
This was sufficient to be really smooth ready for top coat.

Spray top coat, don't worry about coverage too much, this is just the first one, you don't want to try and put too much on in one go or you'll get runs (this is when the 600 grit paper will be needed!!). spray cay approx 15-20cm from the wheel.

Leave to dry for 4 hours. when dry I sprayed on another top coat and left it over night.
it was not hard enough to sand back, 1200 wet and dry (Wet with soap) gave a lovely smooth finish.

Now a layer of Clear Lacquer for hardness. Leave this at least overnight between coats. Mine is smooth enough to drive with, but I will be removing the wheel for a second coat of lacquer and a 1500 Wet and Dry (Wet with Soap) sanding to make it nice a smooth and shiny.

In true Haynes fashion, fitting is the reverse of removal, there were no hiccups or anything to watch out for when putting it back. Other than to ensure you have your wheel lined up straight.




Remember to reconnect the battery and away you go.

whilst waiting for the Paint to dry, I fitted the Airscarf, so I have two things to try out this afternoon!

Good Luck
Gary

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Turned to the Darkside, K&N Apollo and extra bling fitted.52mm TB
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8 years 9 months ago #39351 by Bob
Looks great and a very nice how to :broon:

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #39354 by Laz1957
Excellent job Gary :yesnod:

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8 years 9 months ago #39358 by todds200
Nice how to,looks the part now

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8 years 9 months ago #39360 by PQD44
Well done Gary, excellent clear photo's. Will get this put in the A-Z of How To's

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8 years 9 months ago #39363 by Softly~Softly
Very professional, and a great how too with tips for idiots :broon:

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8 years 9 months ago #39366 by David Aiketgate
Nice one! :broon:
I did this on mine recently but forgot to take pictures. :coat:

I used MNH sparkle wheel silver to refurb and I think it gives a great result. :yesnod:

David
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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #39369 by MGF MARK
on disconnecting the battery just an extra point

to make sure all capacitors , and the system is discharged connect the posotive terminal of the battery lead to ground and leave it connected :broon:

just an old trick i learnt a long time ago :yesnod:

mad about cars and bikes :)
if it aint broke dont fix it :)
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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #39371 by Leigh Ping
Awesome guide(s). Thanks Gadget Gary. :broon:

I've added this guide to two sections in the categories thread. 'Painting' and 'Suspension & Steering'.

whilst waiting for the Paint to dry, I fitted the Airscarf, so I have two things to try out this afternoon!

How did that work out for you?
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8 years 9 months ago #39439 by Gadget2466

MGF MARK wrote: on disconnecting the battery just an extra point

to make sure all capacitors , and the system is discharged connect the posotive terminal of the battery lead to ground and leave it connected :broon:

just an old trick i learnt a long time ago :yesnod:


Thanks Mark A good note, anything advice to stop the airbag from taking your head off is great advice.
Hopefully a Trick you didn't learn by experience!!

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8 years 9 months ago #39440 by Gadget2466

Leigh Ping wrote: Awesome guide(s). Thanks Gadget Gary. :broon:

I've added this guide to two sections in the categories thread. 'Painting' and 'Suspension & Steering'.

whilst waiting for the Paint to dry, I fitted the Airscarf, so I have two things to try out this afternoon!

How did that work out for you?


Great Leigh. I think I may have pushed the tube in a bit far as the air out is colder than the face vents, it got a bit warmer, after I had turned down the temp knob strangely, I'm going to make sure the flexi-tube is not pushed too far in, or I may need to tape up the small vent too.

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8 years 9 months ago #39442 by Leigh Ping

Great Leigh. I think I may have pushed the tube in a bit far as the air out is colder than the face vents, it got a bit warmer, after I had turned down the temp knob strangely, I'm going to make sure the flexi-tube is not pushed too far in, or I may need to tape up the small vent too.

That seems to be the case for 5 minutes or so. I always point the heater to the windscreen for that period of 'warming up' then I point the vent to the feet / airscarf. It is much better on a journey over 15 minutes in duration and it isn't an insulated, expensive hose. So, it won't be as hot as the centre vents which are close to the heating matrix. It's still quite noticably warm though.

Keep us posted and pics are always good. :)

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