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wheel grip material

We have a 6 spoke steel wheel in the cockpit. It's painted white, and is about 2 1/2 feet in diameter. I'd like to put a good grip material on it and am looking for suggestions. Advice on wrapping technique would also be appreciated.
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Re: wheel grip material

Something like this??
Looks awesome in my opinion..
But i suspect it is quite a job on such a large steering wheel...

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Something like this??
Looks awesome in my opinion..
But i suspect it is quite a job on such a large steering wheel...

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Re: wheel grip material

Just Google : wrap steering wheel with rope- Or leather, Or .......
Plenty of hint's tricks, and video's......
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Re: wheel grip material

There's also a company that will coat your wheel in a rubber type of material in various colors.
I often contemplate having that done, usually while holding on to my stainless wheel in a thunderstorm.
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There's also a company that will coat your wheel in a rubber type of material in various colors.
I often contemplate having that done, usually while holding on to my stainless wheel in a thunderstorm.
Why not just do it yourself ??

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If you take off the steering wheel, and let it rotate slowly while it dries..
(mount it to a slow rev electric motor)
You can avoid uneven buildups of material at the lowest point.

Wooden steering wheels are dipped in clear coat/varnish baths while they rotate.
And dried that way also...
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Re: wheel grip material

Rope is traditional, but will take you time. Elkhide, oddly enough, seems to be the top choice for leather wraps. It doesn't mind being out in the elements the way that other leathers do, and you can buy kits to match the wheel diameter, just lace them up and you're done.
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I just bought a kit for our ss wheel. Looks do-able, but then things always look easy when an expert does them.


We shall see how it goes.............

and then there's Plan B:
About Us - Color Wheelz, a high tech covering for your sailboat steering wheel.

I almost went with the the plastic dip idea, but the other guy talked me into the leather grip when I fell under his magic spell at the boat show!



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Varnish....once every couple of years
I know, different wheel..
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Re: wheel grip material

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Simply wrapping the wheel with line does a great job. Our helm is under a big hard top, protected from rain and UV, so I used cotton/poly 1/4-inch clothes line. If it were exposed I would use an inexpensive polyester yacht braid. Perhaps a 20-minute job, to get it nice and tight. We have not needed to re-tension. It gets a little dirty and at some point I'll replace it, but I bet I'll get over 5 years out of it.

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