If you are unsure of what kind of wheels you have on your vehicle, here’s quick guide to the four basic types of wheel finishes on the market:
Machine polished wheels, sometimes simply called machined finished wheels, are precision cut with a computerized lathe, then a clear coat is applied to protect it. A metallic shine is achieved when the lathe leaves tiny concentric lines in the finish. This gives the surface a look similar to that of a CD.
Chrome wheels are the shiniest rims available. Chrome-plating is a popular wheel finish that involves electro-chemically deposited chromium on the wheel’s surface.
We offer PVD chrome coating, which combines the classic chrome finish look with the durability of a painted wheel. It’s low maintenance, provides tremendous value, and has been shown to outlast traditional chrome plating in field tests.
For more information on PVD Chrome, check out: www.g-chrome.com.
Polished wheel finishes are similar to chrome, just not as bright. Areas of the wheel are given a high luster polishing, by machine or hand buffing them. The luster is also protected by applying a high gloss clear coat.
Most alloy wheels are painted. As with clear-coated aluminum, painted wheels are susceptible to discoloration caused by heat or dust. The most popular color is silver, since it resembles a polished or chrome finish at a more economical price.
This is just a basic look at what kind of wheel finish you may have on your car or truck. No matter what kind of vehicle you own, there are a wide variety of finishes you can choose from. If you are uncertain what kind wheel finish you have, give us a call and we can advise you on how to bring your rims back to life!