What is Pitting?

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Pitting appears as tiny dimples on the metal’s surface. Frequently, these spots appear to be a dark, less shiny gray or perhaps black. If left alone, they’ll eventually expand and result in rust. In some instances, the chrome looks bubbled. The primary sign of pitting is the loss of shine.

Severe pitting occurs when significant flakes are missing. It may be difficult to revive chrome during this state.


Causes of Pitting:

When exposed to oxygen, chromium becomes unstable. A layer of oxidation forms rapidly. This oxidation is what causes chrome to require a dull and pitted finish.

To prevent this oxidation, manufacturers apply a clear-coat to the chrome plating. This works well until an errant rock or curbs scratches the clear coat. Brake dust may break down this clear coat over time. This can be why chrome wheels are especially liable to pitting.

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