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Now that delivery of our 1st Editions is getting close, I'm wondering how hard it will be preventing the white leather steering wheel from becoming permanently discolored. Aside from dirt transfer which can reasonably be controlled, I'm wondering how fast & easy the white leather may discolor just from oxidation (sun, dust, age, etc.) or any normal hand lotions that you may use. I keep my cars for many years, so the last thing I want to see is a permanently discolored wheel that looks bad. The fact that white leather turns yellow over time isn't good, but I'm wondering with care how many years I could get out of it before it's noticeably yellow.

Anyone ever had to care for white leather in the past? ...and if so, any recommendations on products you found that work well for hindering oxidation or hand cream absorption?

I'm thinking you could cover it if gets bad enough, but no one wants to do that....and covering it early in it's life will probably just accelerate discoloration differences between covered and uncovered areas. It may not even be possible to cover without affecting 'hand on wheel' detection.

I'm also wondering how UV stable the white plastic will be on the interior trim parts so that they don't yellow either. I'm sure VW has tried their best but does anyone have any other VW vehicle references where white trim was used?
 

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Now that delivery of our 1st Editions is getting close, I'm wondering how hard it will be preventing the white leather steering wheel from becoming permanently discolored. Aside from dirt transfer which can reasonably be controlled, I'm wondering how fast & easy the white leather may discolor just from oxidation (sun, dust, age, etc.) or any normal hand lotions that you may use. I keep my cars for many years, so the last thing I want to see is a permanently discolored wheel that looks bad. The fact that white leather turns yellow over time isn't good, but I'm wondering with care how many years I could get out of it before it's noticeably yellow.

Anyone ever had to care for white leather in the past? ...and if so, any recommendations on products you found that work well for hindering oxidation or hand cream absorption?

I'm thinking you could cover it if gets bad enough, but no one wants to do that....and covering it early in it's life will probably just accelerate discoloration differences between covered and uncovered areas. It may not even be possible to cover without affecting 'hand on wheel' detection.

I'm also wondering how UV stable the white plastic will be on the interior trim parts so that they don't yellow either. I'm sure VW has tried their best but does anyone have any other VW vehicle references where white trim was used?
I would start by having a windshield sun screen on day 1 and use it always. May consider doing some window tinting w/98% UV protection. That should at least mitigate the yellowing effect.
 

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Those Magic Erasers are pretty abrasive, so I'm going to steer clear.
There are different types. The household ones should be fine for getting minor scuffs. We use them where the kids leave fingerprints on the walls and they don't remove paint or leave a mark.
 
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The white whale is going to get pretty grody, especially from sweaty greasy hands.
That's part of the reason I was thinking of a steering wheel cover. If it gets really gross and you can't clean it, then pitch it and get another.
 

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That's part of the reason I was thinking of a steering wheel cover. If it gets really gross and you can't clean it, then pitch it and get another.
Might not work as there are sensors in the steering wheel for IQ.Drive safety features.
 

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Might not work as there are sensors in the steering wheel for IQ.Drive safety features.
Depends on how they implemented it, I guess. On the Kona, it tried to sense inputs to the wheel, but on long straight sections of road it complained that I didn't have my hands on the wheel.

If it is capacitive, and requires a real touch, then it is a different matter. But this seems unlikely to me - it would prevent you from wearing gloves.
 

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I would simply not worry about it. Maybe the white steering wheel ages just like a good bottle of red wine? 😂
 

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Although I'm not really a fan of black leather/vinyl it is advantageous given today's cheaply dyed denim. Of course not anywhere near as much of an issue with vinyl as it is on leather.

I regularly use leather cleaner-conditioner on my vehicles, to include steering wheels, and will continue to do so, therefore am not overly concerned.

I prefer Zaino, Griot's Garage and Mother's products but there are many others. Zaino "leather in a bottle" has the best aroma to me. Although as you would expect leather products don't seep into vinyl so all glory is fleeting. ;)

Years ago I had a car with white leather seats, and keeping them looking clean was tough. They picked up blue dye from a pair of jeans pretty easy, for example. Darker color leather would pick up the dye just the same - it is just harder to see.
 

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If it is capacitive, and requires a real touch, then it is a different matter. But this seems unlikely to me - it would prevent you from wearing gloves.
According to the recent press kit:
Travel Assist monitors the capacitive steering wheel to make sure the driver has their hands on it.
 
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