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Steering Wheel, Real Leather?

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

  1. tfraley

    tfraley Member

    May 22, 2019
    Los angeles
    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.

  2. SabrToothSqrl

    SabrToothSqrl Active Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    Have car. 24,000 miles. did nothing. no issues.
  3. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    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

    joebruin77 Member

    Dec 23, 2018
    Encino, CA
    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

    edigest Member

    Apr 16, 2019
    Phoenix Area
    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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