Some tips for restoring a damaged steering wheel include repairing it without removal, buying a kit for material restoration and disarming the airbag before any required removal. The most important tip for restoring a damaged steering wheel is deciding whether the wheel needs to be removed.
Some steering wheel repairs, such as fascia pieces and horn rings, can be done without removing the wheel, but replacing leather or upholstery typically requires removal. The first step in removal is disconnecting fascia pieces and following proper airbag disarming procedures. Steering wheel repair kits for plastic coverings come with items such as sandpaper, epoxy, painting prep and other tools to repair cracks or other damage.