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rajin-cajin 01-05-2004 09:22 PM

peeling chrome
I have some chrome wheels that have a few small areas (dime size) where the chrome has bubbled up and peeled off. I've noticed that the edges of the remaining chrome are starting to flake upwards and was wondering if there is any way to stop this. Any information would be appreciated.

astroracer 01-06-2004 10:35 AM

Chromed "aluminum" wheels? If so then there isn't a lot you can do. The bubbling started probably due to a stone chip. Moisture gets under the chrome and corrodes the aluminum and once it's started it can't be stopped. You can slow it down by carefully cleaning the affected area with some skotchbrite, polishing the aluminum and then putting on a clear sealer like nail polish. This won't last long though.
The other factor you have against you is the two materials have dissimilar expansion rates. The aluminum wheel expands more then the "chrome plating" does and this weakens the bond between them and also causes the oxidation/peeling process to start.
I never buy chromed aluminum wheels. Polished is the way to go. Sure it's more upkeep but the "look" never goes away unless I get lazy...

bullheimer 01-06-2004 11:07 AM

i didnt see the word aluminum up there anywhere.

you can just live with them or replace them or rechrome them. you could give a call to stockton wheels and ask them. maybe the clear trick would be the best temp. fix

astroracer 01-06-2004 11:27 AM


Originally posted by bullheimer
i didnt see the word aluminum up there anywhere.
That's why I asked... Chromed "aluminum" wheels? :mwink:

rajin-cajin 01-07-2004 05:57 PM

Thanks bullheimer and astroracer. They are steel wheels. I think the nail polish trick will have to work for now since the only local shop sends them to California to be rechromed. 14 day turn around and $200.00 per wheel. I'm in the wrong business. :eek:

camaroman7d 01-08-2004 12:17 PM

I agree with the chrome over aluminum that Astro posted.

WOW, I am shocked they send them here to California for chroming. We have some of the most strict air pollution and EPA laws in the country. This is why paint and chroming are so expensive here. I would think they could get it done MUCH cheaper somewhere else. EVERYTHING costs more in California (born and raised here) if it wasn't for the weather I would be long gone.

Maybe you can find a local chrome shop to take them to, that way you cut out the middle man and his mark-up, plus I bet it is cheaper somewhere other than California

astroracer 01-08-2004 03:24 PM

Check out these guys...
I have a couple of buddies that have used them for boat stuff and they do a good job...

daimon1054 01-08-2004 07:08 PM

Once chrome flakes it's toast you will need to re-do it. Chrome on alloy will last as long as anything else if it is done right. Chrome on wheels will not last a life time most shops give a 1 year warranty and they don't expect them to last more than 5 with care.

As for care, clean chrome with windex then leave it alone, do not put wax on chrome because it can not breath and that will cause it to flake off.

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