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Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by TBill » Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:36 pm

Looking for advice on the cleaning and preservation of original Fordite steering wheels.

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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by DanTreace » Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:00 pm

Really can’t restore the surface finish as these composite Fordite can be in rough shape. Originals were heat pressed and had nice mold hard surface with a shine.

If real nice, then fine steel wool or super fine finish grit paper and work it to clean. Soap and water first to remove dirt and grime.

Now the clean Fordite will rub off on your hands, giving you brown uck, that gets worst with sweat or rain.

Tame that with good polish and wax. Repeat wax coating from time to time.

Or, spray with matt clear enamel, that holds for a good long time, then easy to strip and re-coat.
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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by John Page » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:04 pm

Here is a link to a discussion here on the Forum a few days ago.

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search.php?keywords=Fordite


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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by John Page » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:42 am

That link didn't work as well as I wanted it to work. Sorry about that.
Here is a direct link to the previous discussion.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9279

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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by Gonenorth » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 am

I have followed Dan's routine, and then use successive coats of semi-gloss water based poly. Seals up the Fordite and leaves it with a nice, but not too shiny finish.


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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by TBill » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:44 am

THANKS!!!

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Re: Fordite Steering Wheel

Post by gcomo » Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:18 pm

When I restored mine, I wet sanded starting with 180 grit and worked my way to 1500 grit. Then applied a couple coats of butchers wax. I could'nt be happier with the results. (And no black hands when driving)

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