What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Chrome Coated Wheels?

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Advantages:

  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.

 

Disadvantages:

  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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