Need Odorless Steering Wheel Covers

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Old 07-13-12, 09:51 PM
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Need Odorless Steering Wheel Covers

Years ago, I used to buy vinyl steering wheel covers and store them in my
garage for several months. If I installed the cover too soon, the outgassing
from all those toxic chemicals would make me physically sick. As I used each
cover, I did not buy replacements. Now I'm stuck using new covers.

I've tried vinegar, baking soda, and a product I purchased in Home Depot
call OdorBan. Nothing will nuetralize that horrible vinyl stink. I have three
old cars that cannot be driven without wheel covers. The dye leeches out
from these old wheels, covering your hands and cloths.

Is there a website where I can buy rugged steering wheel covers that
don't stink?
 
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Old 07-14-12, 04:20 AM
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Don't buy vinyl, buy real leather. May cost a little more, but no outgassing, since that seems to be the problem.
 
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Old 07-14-12, 09:58 PM
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I should have mentioned leather wheel covers. Thanks for reminding me, chandler.

Big chain auto stores like AutoZone and Pep Boys don't seem to stock leather
covers, except for the kind you wrap around the wheel like a roll of tape.
Durable covers are stretched (more like forced) onto the wheel.

It's hard to imagine a leather stretch type wheel cover that does not have a
synthetic fiber backing. Without a very tough backer strip, the leather would
never survive the force required to stretch it over the wheel. If I can find
leather covers that have no outgassing components I'll buy a dozen!

I don't know why vinyl wheel covers stink. Think about all the high quality
furniture covered with vinyl that looks and feels like leather. I'm sure there
is some outgassing from this type of furniture, but it's undetectable to most
folks, including me.
 
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Old 07-15-12, 04:28 AM
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I haven't done it in a long time but the roll of leather to wrap a steering wheel works fine. It takes a while to install but IMO it looks a lot better than the one piece stretch on steering wheel covers. The only other solutions I know would be to either replace the steering wheel or wear gloves.
 
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Old 07-15-12, 04:37 AM
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The leather wheel cover I installed on an older Volvo didn't need that much stretching. However, once on the wheel, you had to stitch it on the underside (holes, leather lace and needle provided). A little time consuming, but a superb non slip fit and it looked like factory install.
 
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Old 07-15-12, 08:43 AM
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yep, remember those! done myself.

Just in case:
What Odor?® - Official Company Website

I even use it in my practice and - believe it or not - did exactly what inventor did - sprayed in my mouth and swallowed. Still around.
 
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