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Old 02-18-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
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Today was actually sunny and warmer for a change so I got the chance to at least give the car a quick power wash to clean up the major grime. While I was cleaning, I noticed that the chrome on my rims is starting to bubble. Nothing has peeled yet, but the bubbles are noticeable. I have been using these wheels during the winter and now I realize why people switch back to stock rims or steelies. I just thought it was because of sliding into a curb, but I'm also accepting the fact that the road salt doesn't do well for them either. I power wash the car in the winter, weather and time permitting, but at the very least once every two weeks (I strive for once a week). So I have the following questions:

1) Can I fix the bubbles somehow and save the rims (like with fine, steel wool or a wire brush)?

2) I have used a spray on wheel cleaner a couple of times that says it's safe for polished wheels. Could this be an affecting factor?

3) Are there aftermarket rims that are more resistant to the elements and would still look good on my ZX4?

I have not seen any signs of rusting, just the bubbling. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks people of FF.

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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A good chrome job should hold up under most seasonal conditions with normal care. My guess is you just have a poor chrome job. You didn't mention whether it was a steel or alloy wheel. Breaking the blisters (which will happen eventually) will probably start a flaking process. On a steel wheel this is bad because it will expose the wheel to rust and it just turns into a big mess. There's little you can do about it. On an alloy wheel, it will flake as well, but at least you won't get the rust problem. Your only real option is to have the wheels re-chromed or having the chrome removed and then painted or powder coated. Powder coated rims tend to be the most durable.
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I am pretty sure that they are alloy, but not positive.

Any idea on cost for getting them powder-coated or rechromed? Would it be cheaper to just buy new rims?
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Sorry I don't know how much it will cost and don't want to venture a guess. A lot will depend on wheel prep and removing the old chrome. It's probably worth calling a local shop.
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When I get settled in Washington I'll start looking at some of the local shops. In the meantime, I've already started shopping for new rims incase that's the cheaper way to go. I've always wanted to get these;

http://www.tiredealersites.com/konig...ails&wid=12429

When I bought my current wheels, the person that helped me said that they wouldn't fit, but I've seen a sedan with these and they look sweet. Plus, I've always liked the looks of them. What do you all think.
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Well, I noticed today when I washed my car that the chrome on my rims is officially fed. The chrome has started peeling and from the looks of it, it was a crappy chrome job anyway because it seems to be a really thin coat. Don't know how thick a coat of chrome is supposed to be, but this was thin. Oh well, I guess it's a lesson learned for me. I am going to shop around and see what it will cost me to get the chrome stripped and the rims powder coated. That might be cheaper than buying a new set of wheels. I can tell you all this, though, no more chrome rims for me, too much maintenance.
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