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Old 04-10-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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How much maintenance is chrome? What are potential downfalls or problems? Specifically, I'm referring to wheels.
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Keep them waxed.

I don't know what kind of care mine had before me, but the car is five years old and other than the face of the wheels looking like someone used a brillo pad to clean them they still look great. They actually look pretty crappy right now from the winter'* brake dust. I need to get some time with them and a clay bar.
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Polish is good. If they have not been cleaned and cared for, the chrome on the inside of the rim (opposite side of the rim as the tire ) will corrode and start to peel. Some chrome peeling around the seal area of the tire can cause air seepage, but that is easily fixed with a wire wheel and some tire sealant.

Otherwise, chrome is one of the hardest materials out there and is very durable.

Just keep them cleaned and waked and you will enjoy shiny rims for a long time
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IMO, chrome is low maintenance. They are easy to clean and only require the basic maintenance that any wheel would require. Clean, wax, and enjoy.
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Chrome is easy to clean and is very resilient, my rims are 8 years old now and still shine
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Thanks for the replys everyone. Bet you can't guess what I'm thinking about :P
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Thanks for the replys everyone. Bet you can't guess what I'm thinking about :P
the same thing I wanna do... (Chrome your GXP'*)
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the same thing I wanna do... (Chrome your GXP'*)
Exactly! I really like the look of the stock GXP rim. I saw some in chrome on another Graystone GXP and thought they looked really sharp without being gaudy.
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I know people might mock, but I use Turtle Wax chrome polish and it takes out everything and seems to keep dirt and other things from really getting the wheels dirty.

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The rims are also the first things that stood out to me. Do you have some really good polish on them? They look awesome (relatively).
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I subscribe to the theory that brake and caliper heat have to go somewhere and the wheel is a real convenient heat sink.

Most waxes start to melt around 120 degrees and once that happens the wax protection is gone. I apply Zaino on my wheels after doing the car and so far I have not had any problems.

I also do not use harsh chemicals on my tires or wheels. I have a cotton wash mitt that I use just for the wheels.

So far my system works well. I do agree with others that chrome makes the car pop.

Also I am not ignorant that a lot of the younger crowd of gearheads think that chrome is old school for old FA***. But hey I like it and I am an old F**T
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