Over the years the vinyl on my steering wheel has fallen apart. I'm not so concerned about cosmetics but on humid days it becomes sticky and leaves a mess on my hands:
Unfortunately, even the wholesale price of a new wheel, without the airbag, is $300 USD (list price $500 something), and I haven't had any luck at salvage yards.
So my question, which is hopefully appropriate here, is: Are there any techniques I can use to restore / repair the vinyl, given its current poor condition, or at least prevent it from becoming sticky or flaking off onto my hands?
And even if I get a new wheel, how can I protect it to prevent this from happening? (If it matters my skin pH is on the low side, I'm one of those people that e.g. wear the paint off of laptop palm rests quickly. So I need to protect it from that.)
My shift knob, parking brake, and driver side arm rest have the same issue as well, although the shift knob is beyond repair (sadly, wholesale OEM knobs are $130...). Only the interior parts that regularly contact my skin show this type of decay.