What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Chrome Coated Wheels?

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  1. Chrome wheels have a particular mirror-like shine, they’re robust and highly proof against rust and therefore the elements.
  2. Chrome wheels are made stronger and more hard-wearing because they’re electroplated with metal.



  1. Chroming is formed from several layers to attain the required finish, therefore the weight adds up, which may potentially negate the performance advantage that lightweight wheels can bring back a car.
  2. Chrome can start to come off the wheel if it’s not properly taken care of or was a poorly done chroming job (cheap wheels). If that happens the wheels need to be stripped and re-chromed.
  3. Nickel-chrome plating may be a barrier-layer form of plating, it doesn’t protect the substrate if it gets scratched. Quite the opposite: if there’s a scratch, the exposed aluminum, and also the nickel plating comprises a robust corrosion battery which will cause the aluminum to pit and/or erupt in ugly little corrosion pimples/volcanos.
  4. Look at the warranty. Few manufacturers will guarantee them over a year. But I doubt you’ll find a long-term all-inclusive guarantee on chrome-plated aluminum wheels because it’s just too difficult to plate them right.

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