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Old 04-01-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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Polished 17" Wheel Issue

My 2012 Titanium has the 17" polished wheels. They appear to be in reality a thin finish of some type of plating or coating and power wheel cleaning brushes in car washes are scratching the chrome off and leaving a white finish showing in the scratch. I think it's misleading calling them polished rims when they're obviously just a coated rim and I wondered if anyone one else has experienced this.

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My 2012 Titanium has the 17" polished wheels. They appear to be in reality a thin finish of some type of plating or coating and power wheel cleaning brushes in car washes are scratching the chrome off and leaving a white finish showing in the scratch. I think it's misleading calling them polished rims when they're obviously just a coated rim and I wondered if anyone one else has experienced this.

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Aluminum turns white when it oxidizes. They probably have a clear coat applied to protect against that so you don't have to keep constantly polishing them every time they're washed. If the clear coat gets scratched all the way through then the aluminum will oxidize where the scratches are.

That does not mean that the aluminum was not polished to start with. Chrome looks very different than polished aluminum. I've only seen that type of wheel in person once, but they sure looked to me like they were polished, not chromed or plated with anything else.
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