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Steering Wheel, Real Leather?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by tfraley, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. tfraley

    tfraley Member

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    Hey guys,

    I believe I've read somewhere that the steering wheel in the Model 3 is real lather ie, not vegan leather.
    I have a Model 3 SR+ and just wondering what I should use to protect/clean the steering wheel.

    I'm using 303 Aerospace Protectant on the rest of the car. I love this stuff used it in all my other cars for years.
    However, if the steering wheel is leather then, I guess I should be using something else.

    Can anyone confirm if this is real leather and what you are using to seal and clean it.

    Thanks
     
  2. SabrToothSqrl

    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

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    Have car. 24,000 miles. did nothing. no issues.
     
  3. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Yes, real leather for now. A vegan shareholder keeps reminding Elon that some people want an animal product free car, but the response has been basically "Tesla is working on 'off-menu' non-leather alternative but they are struggling to make it as durable as leather." I think they may have verbally committed to offering non-leather on Model Y.

    So, I would assume any standard leather care guides would apply to current Model 3 steering wheels.

    To me, the most important thing to help would be a sun shade on the windshield to keep the steering wheel (and dashboard) from baking in the sun when the car is parked.
     
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  4. joebruin77

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    I use Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Leather Protectant. But any cleaner and protectant specifically for leather should be good.
     
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  5. edigest

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    GYEON Q2 Leather Shield can be used on both the leather and vegan leather. I applied a couple months ago -- no problems. (Got it to protect against the brutal summers here in AZ.)

    I can clean anything off the areas I applied it with just a moist microfiber cloth.
     
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