Piston Slap: Baby So Soft!
The bottom of the steering wheel in my A6 is starting to fade and crack a bit. I was hoping you could give me the definitive answer on what to use to clean and protect a leather steering wheel, as I would like to keep the damage from getting any worse. I’ve searched a number of forums, and every suggestion has been immediately followed by “never use that on your steering wheel!” so I’m unsure what to do.
I’ve tried several leather conditioners and protectants, but won’t recommend one over the other because I doubt there’s a big difference. But I like oil-based conditioners the best: they work quickly on dry leather (in warm weather, so take advantage of the greenhouse effect if you do anything right now) and last for several months.
My favorite leather conditioning regiment is soap and water for cleaning: this step is mandatory unless you wear rubber gloves and a poncho in your car. Clean the hides, and grab a bottle of baby oil.
That’s right: baby oil. Who cares what the e-haters say? It is cheap and has a mild, appealing scent. It works on leather that’s in fair condition, not in dire need of deep conditioning or restoration. Which sounds like current condition of your tiller. If baby oil doesn’t work try one of the more aggressive oil treatments instead.
More to the point, a car is kinda meaningless in the big picture. Which hurts to say, but it’s true. So if baby oil works on the most precious things on the earth, why would you not try it on your German leather goods? You have nothing to lose.
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