When I got my Riv it had one of those fuzzy steering wheel covers. There are a few things in life that should be fuzzy, but a steering wheel is not one of them. The first thing I did was rip that darn thing off, and then I saw it. The leather was so dog-on warn and dirty I almost put the fuzzy steering wheel cover back on. Almost. Since that time I'd been on a quest to find a steering wheel in great shape and in a color that matched.
I did find a NOS wheel, but the company wanted something like $750 for it. Ouch. I could have the steering wheel I had recovered by hand with new leather for half that much. Months went by, and then one day I was making my regular eBay search and decided to expand the parameters beyond Riviera parts. Bingo! Well, almost bingo. I found a near match. The color seemed a little off, but I convinced myself that some cameras don't do color well. But the most important thing was it was in nearly mint condition and it was only $65. Whoo-hoo!
I was all smiles when it arrived, but after looking at it my face fell. While it was indeed in great shape, it was not leather wrapped. I guess that was because it came off of a 98 Buick Lesabre. But I could live with that. The thing I couldn't live with was that it was brown, not even close to the color I needed. I suppose some people could live with it, but not me. Things like that just bug me to no end. I was at a loss as to my next course of action.
Then I began reading some of the posts in this forum and I discovered that there are paints that are formulated to change colors for auto interiors. I felt hope once again, sweet sweet hope. After doing some research I found SEM Products #SEM 17183, GM Med Neutral Aerosol:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00397AMBS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It is a perfect match for the interior of my Riv. It can also be applied to hard surfaces as well as soft surfaces like vinyl and leather.
While the color is perfect, the luster is matt. If that is what you are going for, then fine. But as soon as this paint cures fully I'm going to hit it with a few coats of semi gloss which SEM also makes. That product would be #SEM, 13023 Low Luster Clear Color Coat. I've never done anything like this before and I'm hoping the clear coat will seal the neutral color paint as well as protect it from abrasion and dirt.
Well, that's my story. I wanted to let all of you know if you have chips in the dash or the latch for the center console storage lid or whatever there is a perfect color match for your neutral color interior. As for my original steering wheel, I may restore it. I have not decided yet. I've learned to never throw away Riviera parts, no matter what because even if I don't have a use for them, somebody else might.