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Sticky airbag boss on steering wheel

Hey all,

I did a couple searches but didn't turn anything up so I'll ask the group here;

The black airbag portion in the center of my steering wheel has developed the "sticky button syndrome" which is a common thing over in the Ferrari world, likely from spending much time in the southern sun. Has anyone else experienced this before and have you devised a fix? I'm not sure if the usual suspects who resurface the buttons for the Ferrari/Maserati crowd will touch this since it's an airbag assembly.

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Happens a lot. Plastidip is your friend. Works like a charm. Remember:

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Hit it up with some Adam's VRT or Optimum Opti-shine to reduce the texture and dust magnet factor.
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I'm about to do this myself. Any of you pretreat the surface or use something to clean it with? Not only is my airbag cover sticky, but it is no longer smooth. It almost looks like what touching wet paint looks like.

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I'm about to do this myself. Any of you pretreat the surface or use something to clean it with? Not only is my airbag cover sticky, but it is no longer smooth. It almost looks like what touching wet paint looks like.
Check out the thread and you'll notice that paint thinner will remove the existing black paint and all of the sticky feel. This will create a nice surface for the Plastidip.
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Thanks, Lotusxs!

I had read that thread long ago but I guess there have been many posts since then. Looks like others have also used alcohol. Time for a trip to the store for some paint thinner.
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I used goo gone on mine. Worked great but turned the airbag a light grey color. Didn't matter after I covered it in black plasti dip. Still looks perfect 4 years later


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I like plstidip for it's intended purposes, but auto interior finishing is not one of them.

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