We are sharing our Gremlin X steering wheel restoration project in hopes that it might help someone down the road. As most of you know, when working on an AMC Gremlin, you can’t just pull out a catalogue, or type in a web address to order any and every part imaginable. You either refurbish what you have, or search long and hard for a better quality /NOS replacement part.
It’s always fun learning new skills and improving on ones abilities, and if you are like me, the more money you save the better. Below I’ll take you through the process I took, the materials I used and I’ll give you some hints that might be helpful.
Let’s get started
With our dirty (well loved) steering wheel
I had some extra wheels laying around and purposely set the best one aside just in case I made a horrible mess of this project. (I’ve done that more than once). The photos show it’s condition.
Gremlin X Steering Wheel Restoration project: Step one
Cleaning: Use hot water, dishwashing detergent, scrub brush and Scotch Brite pad to remove all the dirt from the wheel. Because the wheel was so dirty I washed the wheel a total of 3 times (the second time I used simple green, and my pocket knife to scrape the stubborn areas)
AMC Gremlin X Steering Wheel Restoration project: Step two
Identify the problem areas. As you can see from the photo, just cleaning the wheel made a huge improvement. Inspect the wheel for cracks areas to repair and rough them up with coarse sandpaper.
TIP! Other tutorials mentioned that a Dremel tool with a small coarse sandpaper drum works well. I agree, just make sure you keep your RPM low or you might melt the plastic rather than roughen it up.