Restoring my cracked 65 Elky steering wheel
My old wheel was cracked and split in quite a few places like most old hard rubber and plastic wheels so I decided to take a shot at restoring the beast. It's made of thick black plastic/rubber type material with a metal skeleton. Since it only has two inside spokes restoring it wasn't as much of a challenge as say a Bel air wheel or a 40 ford style plastic wheel with details and ridges in it. Being that it was almost down to black already I wet sanded the entire wheel the rest of the way and began carving grooves into the wheel where the cracks were (it'll pay off in the epoxy stage.) from there I purchased a 2-part epoxy called PC-7 which cures hard but still flexible so the steering wheel can flex and shrink with age and not show the cracks as soon as say JB Weld would. It makes a putty like consistency out of two-part clay and lays in like half cured bondo. It's Thick and kind of hard to work with so filling the cracks in took quite a few popsicle sticks and a lot of patience. The grooves I cut deeper help to hold the old plastic together with the putty. After it cures and I let it sit for a week or so I took super coarse belt sander scraps and wrapped them around some old fuel hose to sand in all the grooves and finger dips. It goes relatively quick so move carefully and go through the grits on the putty up to 220 then the whole wheel up to 400 for primer. I haven't laid paint down on it yet but when I do I'll post some more.