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Old November 20th, 2014, 01:52 PM
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Hey guys, so just finished getting wood steering wheel set and fit my RRC, in the process I light sanded to a matte or silk finish. Now I'm thinking I want it glossy like OEM...for those that play with wood all the time (pun intended) any recommendations on finishes and process? Pic below Click image for larger version

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Old November 20th, 2014, 01:57 PM
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Clear lacquer. Lots of coats, sand between coats. probably best done off the car.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:05 PM
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Clear lacquer. Lots of coats, sand between coats. probably best done off the car.
I was going to say the same thing;

Step one, take it off the car
Step 2 tape all non wood surfaces
Step 3, spend 4 days applying lacquer, light sanding, then repeat. you'd prolly have to flip it and do one side, let it set for 30 minutes or so, then flip it to do the back while maintaining a 'wet edge'

or bring it to your local Jamaican bright work crew and pay them the $100 to do it
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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:17 PM
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Faster results by using a 2 part polyurethane varnish. In any case it requires dry time of 24 hours between coats. So count on a week or so to get the needed coats. Then it will still be soft so it should cure for another week beyond to be sure you won't make fingerprints or dents in it. There's a reason why these vehicles were so much coin. These processes can't be hurried. The wood dash on Classics took many many many hours to finish to such a high state of gloss.

PS if you want quick and dirty, wet sand with 600, then 800, then 1200. Buff on a bench wheel using a soft wheel and polishing compound.
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Old November 24th, 2014, 11:08 AM
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A P38 wheel in a 95 RRC ! Interesting
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Old November 24th, 2014, 09:26 PM
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Thanks for the advise guys, pulled the wheel this morning and prepped and ready for 1st coat. I'll post pics of progress of interested or just follow up with final.

@crown I wasn't sure at first thought it would look stupid, had an extra wood wheel in the garage so thought why the hell not... Was actually quite a bit of work to get to fit and look right. after driving with it for a few months it really gives the classic a more luxurious feel and its a bigger thicker wheel more like my 90. When it's done I'll decide if if stays or goes
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How did you get it to fit?
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I'm in the process of parting out a p38 at the moment that has a beautiful wood wheel on it..hmmmmm...
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Old November 25th, 2014, 09:56 PM
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I'm in the process of parting out a p38 at the moment that has a beautiful wood wheel on it..hmmmmm...
Wouldn't happen to be a Westminster ebony black would it?
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I'm in the process of parting out a p38 at the moment that has a beautiful wood wheel on it..hmmmmm...
Let see it on a Defender.
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Wouldn't happen to be a Westminster ebony black would it?
And what if it was..????..lol..

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Let see it on a Defender.
Blasphemous .... Just wouldn't be right...
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Old November 25th, 2014, 10:05 PM
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Here it is..really is a shame to part this truck out...interior is really nice and it was in good shape overall... But I needed the 4.6...
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Man... Ipad pics suck..it looks like its dirty but it's actually very nice... I think its time to update my ipad...
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Old January 26th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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Update! So after many many tries and applications I finally hit the finish I was shooting for, dark high gloss wood with matte black leather... Only thing left is to figure out what to hook up to the buttons. All in all it definitely added to the feel of the car Thanks for all the advise gents



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very nice...
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