Wheel Finishes, Which is Best?

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 Finished / Machine Polished Wheels
  • Painted Wheels
  • Polished Wheels
  • Traditional Chrome Wheels

Machine Finished / Machine Polished Wheels

Machine Polished Wheel Finish in Portland OR

Machine polished wheels, most commonly 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.


Painted Wheels

Painted Wheel Finish in Portland OR

Most alloy wheels are painted. The most popular color is silver, since it resembles a polished finish 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!


Polished Wheels

Polished Wheel Finish in Portland OR

Polished wheel finishes are similar to chrome, just not quite 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.


Traditional Chrome Wheels

Chrome Wheel Finish in Portland OR

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.

PVD Chrome

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.

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