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jimfin
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Was thinking of refurbishing my steering wheel over the winter.
Any suggestions as to how to do it welcome.

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Hello jimfin
Looks like a shed full of screws and elbow grease to us.
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Marge and Parge  Smile

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With a bit of work it should come up almost as new. After the brass ring has been removed and the wheel has been removed from the boat use some Nitro Moores paint stripper to remove all the old varnish then rub the wood down with some wire wool and fine sandpaper.You could then perhaps stain the wheel with a wood stain and then finish it off with a few coats of good yacht Varnish (Ronseal is OK) Polish the brass fittings and give them a coat of varnish as well. Look forward to seeing the finished wheel.  Dave R...…..

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Was thinking of sand blasting it as I have a blasting cabinet but don't know what grit to use?

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Hi Jim If you sand blast it you will end up with uneven surface. just remove brass fittings then scrap of old varnish with scraper or pieces of glass until all old varnish removed,then rub down with 220 on a block, then bleach with wood bleach to get a evan colour, then varnish the first coat and possibly second coat with thinned down with turps then two or three coats of varnish with a flat down with 400 grit with soap and water on last coat without touching the edges, then a final coat. then try not to leave out in the rain and sun,a cover or if inside lay a piece of towel over it if sun shines on it when not using the boat.John

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Oh and Jim clean and buff brass then spray with ignition sealer, this will keep brass from oxidising, When screwing screws in a little candle grease on the threads will screws watertight.John

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I did this a few years ago. Very similar to yours. I took off all the iron work including the boss cap and took it for "dipping and stripping". After this left it to completely dry, lots of sanding with very fine grit and multiple coats of thinned varnish and finished with four topcoats. Quality metal paint on the centre, polished up the brass boss and adornments. It truly looked magnificent!
You need to be patient with the dipping and stripping in that, being a small item, it will go in with a job lot so you may have to wait. Its worth it though. This will cost you buttons with a reasonable merchant.

PS Change the screws to good raised head brass slotted screws.

Trevor



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Take front and rearrings off which should leave you some thing like this. Easier to work with.

Barry

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  i think it would look well hung on a bulkhead wall and get a nice bright stainless steel wheel for the helm
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  ALAN   DL15

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What’s wrong with that used old fashioned look as it is now??

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