Chevy Silverado is a pickup truck with a powerful engine and good interior. Moreover, the peels on the steering wheel cover give an unappealing and rough look.
Chevy Silverado Steering Wheel Peeling is due to poor maintenance and the accumulation of dirt or grease on the surface. Moreover, the truck is more exposed to direct sunlight when you use it frequently. Furthermore, moisture buildup, use of sanitizer, and certain detergents cause cracks on its surface. In addition, the use of low-quality steering wheels or covers increases the issue. You can fix this by using spray paints on them and adding patches or fabric. You can replace the old steering and add covers to resolve the issue.
It is equipped with new technology and has an advanced feature of security.
It allows comfortable driving due to 4 wheel drive and turbo engine.
- 1 Why is my Chevy Silverado Steering wheel peeling?
- 2 How do you fix the peeling of the Chevy Silverado steering wheel?
Why is my Chevy Silverado Steering wheel peeling?
Many people complain their steering wheel show signs of wear and tear that do not look good on the interior.
It is due to chemical cleaning agents that peel the leather covering.
In addition, the environmental conditions, improper cleaning, and use of hand cream exacerbate the issue.
Over time, the steering wheel looks stained and sticky due to poor maintenance.
Then, gradually the surface becomes coarse due to peels and cracks that are unsightly.
You can hold the steering for a long time, and it is difficult to grip it due to the damaged surface.
The accidental spills of coffee leave the sticky residue and absorb into the leather covering.
You have to clean it using good quality products with a microfiber cloth.
Moreover, you can use a leather cleaner that adds a protective layer and gives a shiny look.
You can also use leather polish sprays to maintain it and prevent it from damage.
Accumulation of dirt and grease
These are the dirtiest part of your truck because many people do not clean their hands before driving.
Some people drive the vehicle after eating without cleaning their hands when they go on long drives.
Moreover, the dirt and grease in your hands make the leather surface sticky, and over time, the cracks appear.
It gives a non-uniform look and damages the interior of your vehicle.
It is suitable to clean your hands before driving and not touch them while eating.
You have to clean the surface by using some good quality cleaner on a microfiber cloth.
Exposure to sun
The steering wheel show early signs of fading and flaking due to direct sunlight.
Some people say that when their truck is standing in the garage facing the sun for a long time, the surface looks uneven.
The rays coming from the sun damage the covering and give a bad appearance to it.
Moreover, parking it during daylight results in heating the system and the steering.
It is preferable to park it under the shade and cover it with a bag to prevent it.
You can also use UV protectants on your leather covering to prevent it from sunlight.
It is the most used part of driving, and it is the center of attention.
Many people have to travel more due to their work, and they have to hold the steering for a long time.
Then, the oil and sweat present on the hands causes the flaking of the covering.
Moreover, it shows signs of aging and needs maintenance when using the Chevy Silverado for a long time.
To prevent the buildup of moisture in the Silverado steering wheel, you have to dry the surface after cleaning with a wet towel or wipes.
Many people open the sunroofs during the rainy weather to enjoy while cruising on the roads.
Moreover, there are chances that the moisture gets inside it when they open it for the fresh air.
Then after some time, you observe the peeling of leather covering at some points.
Some people use hand lotions or creams in their hands which also exacerbate the condition due to moisture and certain chemicals.
For this, you have to prevent it from environmental conditions, humidity, and moisture.
Do not clean it with wet cloths and dry them properly before closing the door.
Use of sanitizer and cleaning agents
Many people use sanitizer and household detergents to disinfect the interior of their pickup trucks.
Some sanitizers contain more alcohol in them and cause damage to the steering wheel by forming peels.
Some people also apply hand sanitizer while driving, which removes the protective covering of leather and causes scratches.
These breakdowns on the leather cover look unappealing and damage the interior.
Using cleaning agents or detergents with more chemicals can result in cracks and an unpleasant appearance.
For this, you have to completely dry your hands after using sanitizer and let it evaporate.
Avoid using detergents that are tough on the leather covering and cause damage or fading.
Low-quality steering wheel covers
Steering wheel cracks or peels are not ignorable as they give a bad appearance to the interior and make the surface rough.
Use of poor quality covering results in the early signs of wear and tear.
You have to face this issue when you are using second-hand trucks. Moreover, the low-quality leather covering wears out more quickly due to hand sweats or humidity.
Many people use these low-quality covers to save money, but they need frequent fixing.
You have to use good quality material to prevent it from cracking on the surface.
How do you fix the peeling of the Chevy Silverado steering wheel?
You can increase the durability by properly maintaining it and cleaning it. However, you have to fix this when it shows the signs of wearing out.
Use of spray paints
You can fix the peeling on the steering by using spray paints of the same color and applying them evenly.
For this, you need spray paint, fillers, sandpaper, and rejuvenator oil to restore the damaged one.
Cover the truck interior by spreading a sheet or cloth to protect the dashboard and seats.
Firstly, you have to use oil on the dry surface and let it absorb. Leave it for some days and then remove the excess residues with rubbing alcohol.
You can use sandpaper and rub lightly on the surface to make it smooth.
Next, you have to apply fillers on the cracks and even the surface using sandpaper.
Let it dry, and then apply spray paint on it evenly on the surface.
Some people use adhesion promoters so that the spray paint stays over for a long time.
Add a finishing look to it, and use leather shiners to make the surface smooth.
I also used spray paint to restore my damaged steering wheel and hide the flaky surfaces.
Replace the steering wheel
You have to replace the damaged steering with the new one when you cannot fix it.
Firstly, you have to select it according to your Chevy Silverado model and do not compromise on quality.
Then you have to disassemble it and remove the wire connections. Lubricate the area and install the new one by reconnecting the wires. Finally, assemble all the parts and the new ones installed in your truck.
However, many people do not prefer it as they have to spend a lot of money due to its high price.
Moreover, fixing is not easy, and you have to call an expert that takes more money.
Add cover on steering wheels
You can fix it by adding a new cover to hide the scratch-off surface.
Use a good quality cover that is durable and gives a solid grip when you hold it.
Many people use the same color cover to match it well with the interior.
Moreover, it is easy to install, and you can do it in your home by measuring the dimensions.
Firstly, you have to clean the surface to remove the dirt or debris under the cover.
Select the fabric of your choice and choose stitch style or stretch style cover for your steering wheel.
Always put it from the upper side and then move to the lower side.
Adjust it properly, and it is a value-added feature for your pickup truck.
Add patches on the peeled surface
The wear-out steering gives an unpleasant appearance to the interior.
You can add patches on the cracks if they have scratches on some points.
You can also cover it by using a leather fabric and sewing it to hide the peels.
You can use different color fabrics on uneven surfaces to cover them and add a style to them.
Some people prefer to use the same color patches as it goes well with the interior.
My neighbor used different color fabrics to cover the peel-off surface to add a unique look.