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Black hands from steering wheel

Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:48 pm

My 47 cub sat outside for a good while before I got it, and the steering wheel started to deteriorate and
when driving I get this black residue rubbing off. Is there any thing to treat the steering wheel to stop this
and make it smoother short of a new steering wheel?

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:55 pm

I use some Scotch Brite and smooth out the finish. Clean it with a good cleaner, nothing strong that might harm the material then paint it with satin black paint after masking off the spokes. I remove the wheel before painting so I don't make an even worse mess.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:57 pm

Try this

http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=143&t=37140#p300152

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:02 pm

My hands got black from my steering wheel for awhile after I got it. It had been kept outside. I started storing it in a shed. It wasn't long before I no longer got black hands. Of course if there is a lot of deterioration to the steering wheel, it may never clear up. Some guys clean the wheel, fill in any cracks with JB weld, and then paint it. Others will give more options I'm sure

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:53 am

If it isn't too far gone, hand cleaner does well.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:17 am

I used handlebar tape from the local bike shop. Covers and cushions the steering wheel and is easy to apply. Did this 2-1/2 years ago and is holding up well.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:25 am

I wear gloves.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:40 am

JB Weld for the cracks, truck bed liner for the rim.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:51 am

On two of my Cubs I used a slip-on steering wheel cover from a discount store. They cost about $8 or so and I used a few tie straps to hold the cover in place. I consider this to be a temporary fix, but one of the covers has been on for about 2 years.

Ed

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:52 am

Could just be grease and oil residue from past operators...

If your hands ain't black you ain't drivin' a tractor :)

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks guys for the excellent replies. I will be using this information soon to remedy the problem. This is one great
website for everything Cub. My thanks to all responsible for making site available.

Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:48 pm

'Black Magic' from an auto parts or WalMart works great. May take two applications, but it works.

http://www.blackmagicshine.com/pro-shine-protectant.php
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Re: Black hands from steering wheel

Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:52 pm

Lace up cover from auto part store - less than $5 and gives some cushion! Dusty B
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