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I just picked up a '74 GTV 2000, which is in good shape, considering. I am going to go all the way with this car eventually, but in the meantime, I am going to do some little things to get her feeling a little more roadworthy. Popped the steering wheel off and am in the process of re-finishing it...

Here is the before:
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Removing the old finish was challenging, as it is pretty resistant to stripper, etc... I ended up hand sanding most of it... Here it is as of this morning:
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Still have a little detail work to do, but I should get a coat of finish on it later today... I went with Epiphanes Extra UV-Filter High Gloss Clear Varnish. It is marine grade, and gives a nice lustrous finish. I am going to likely put about 6 coats on and sand and polish between coats... Stay tuned!
 

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Looks great so far! Keep in mind that the finish has faded from its original color. This goes for your dash veneer as well. The original finish was a deep rich rosewood if you wish to replicate it. You may be able to find a section of unfaded wood veneer underneath the Instrument cluster, gear shift surround or heater control fascia if you want a reference.
 

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I ordered a veneer set from Centerline. (Not that I am going to install it yet... I think a new dash will come first...) I am going to let the wheel be natural. It is a nice wood. In fact, my first coat is on. ;)

Here it is now:
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Only 5 more coats to go... :)
 

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Nice. Bit of work, but in the end it's worth it. I just finished a Hellebore wheel I got on the BB for my Spider, now just finishing up on the original Personal wheel.
 

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One of the ways to keep that newly finished wheel perfect is to remove your rings before you drive. Many wood wheels are deteriorated at the 9-10 and 2-3 o'clock positions from ring damage. I take mine off and hang it on one of the center console switches when I drive.
 

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One of the ways to keep that newly finished wheel perfect is to remove your rings before you drive. Many wood wheels are deteriorated at the 9-10 and 2-3 o'clock positions from ring damage. I take mine off and hang it on one of the center console switches when I drive.
No rings here. :) Not yet at least.
 
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