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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Oct-20-2017, 02:55:48 PM   #1
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Default What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

My steering wheel airbag cover is changing depending on the ambient temperature - if it is hot (which is often in Texas) it all hazes over with some kind of dark grey coating - which I can wipe off, but WTF?

I thought it was a one-time thing, so I have cleaned it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol, plastic cleaner, then coated with plastic conditioner, and it looked great! Until first hot day that is. Then it again released this who knows what and looks hideous again. Any cure for this - short of swapping the airbag?

I have two other cars that have exact same steering wheel with exact same airbags, and never had this problem.
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

I'm guessing you're talking about the 3 spoke wheel? I believe this is common and has to do with the plastic used to make the wheel.

Maybe Braymond will chime in soon, but he knows of some kind of coating you can put on it to prevent or reduce it happening. I believe it's a plastic-specific ceramic coat, if I'm not mistaken.
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

Yes, 3-spoke wheel, 99' Coupe. Thanks!
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Old Fri, Oct-20-2017, 06:50:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

In the other topic Brad posted plenty of pics and what he used.
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

Sorry, I guess I should have searched. Will try this CarPro Dlux stuff. Thanks!
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

Just a warning about the magic erasers. They are a very hard abrasive (locked/suspended in a sponge) that actually etches and sands away just about any non hardened metal surface.

Any result with them is permanently changing the original surface....good or bad. Be very, very careful.

I'd try back to black, or some other type of restoration product first. I've had decent results with BtB on certain interior pieces, (But certain materials it doesn't do anything for.)

It did work to bring back the vinyl wrapped dash, door cards, center console though, and I would think they are similar to the airbag cover material.
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Default Re: What is the deal with wheel airbag covers?

BMW’s new style Gummiplefe (rubber cleaner) does a rather nice job keeping rubber smooth. Well that’s what’s it for. Works well on the airbag too, although it is a little shiney.
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No, I definitely don't want it shiny. Weird how I have 2 other cars with exactly the same airbag, and never had a problem.
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Just a warning about the magic erasers. They are a very hard abrasive (locked/suspended in a sponge) that actually etches and sands away just about any non hardened metal surface.

Any result with them is permanently changing the original surface....good or bad. Be very, very careful.

I'd try back to black, or some other type of restoration product first. I've had decent results with BtB on certain interior pieces, (But certain materials it doesn't do anything for.)

It did work to bring back the vinyl wrapped dash, door cards, center console though, and I would think they are similar to the airbag cover material.
You’re exaggerating magic erasers harshness a lot and you can control it. With items like the airbag and the interior vinyl that can start to decay white you want to be aggressive with it.

Back to black is shiny grease, not a permanent restoration solution.
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