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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, Oct-10-2017, 05:24:54 AM   #1
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Default Revive your M steering wheel stitching!!

Hey all,

Today I saw on Bimmertips.com a tip of how to revive your M stitching on your steering wheel. Lets be honest by now if itís original, it hardly looks like M colors. Anyway I followed their guide using dawn dish soap, water, and a tooth brush and the results are very nice! Its easy and comes out great. Not only does it make the stitching look great, but it also cleans and gives the leather that original duller look like how it looked originally which I love. I did this with my steering wheel out of my car since Iím no longer using it.

Here are some before and afters. Mind you mine wasnít that dirty since I cleaned it about a year ago with other cleaners.


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I did this a few months ago. There's a few threads about doing this. It works great!
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Does the toothbrush wear out the fibers of the stitching? Dosent appear so from your photos.
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Does the toothbrush wear out the fibers of the stitching? Dosent appear so from your photos.


No it doesnít as long as you donít put too much pressure. All It takes is very light and gentle brushes in circles to clean it!
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Hey all,

Today I saw on Bimmertips.com a tip of how to revive your M stitching on your steering wheel. Lets be honest by now if itís original, it hardly looks like M colors. Anyway I followed their guide using dawn dish soap, water, and a tooth brush and the results are very nice! Its easy and comes out great. Not only does it make the stitching look great, but it also cleans and gives the leather that original duller look like how it looked originally which I love. I did this with my steering wheel out of my car since Iím no longer using it.

Here are some before and afters. Mind you mine wasnít that dirty since I cleaned it about a year ago with other cleaners.


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Oxy clean also makes stitching pop.
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I would be extremely careful when agitating the stitching as OP mentions.

Also consider going through leatherique treatment shortly after doing this, I assume Dawn will also strip any conditioner out of the leather as it's very good at stripping wax off of exteriors. I would try something gentler like just using leatherique prestine clean while doing leather treatment or woolite with a soft brush like a boar's hair brush to see if that will bring the dirt up before going to something more aggressive like a toothbrush.
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I would be extremely careful when agitating the stitching as OP mentions.

Also consider going through leatherique treatment shortly after doing this, I assume Dawn will also strip any conditioner out of the leather as it's very good at stripping wax off of exteriors. I would try something gentler like just using leatherique prestine clean while doing leather treatment or woolite with a soft brush like a boar's hair brush to see if that will bring the dirt up before going to something more aggressive like a toothbrush.


I 100% agree. Im sure it strips any conditioner which gives it a duller look which I actually prefer, but am sure leaves it unprotected. I have been meaning to use leatherique but havenít gotten to it.
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