Chrome wheels are much more durable than rims made of polished aluminum. Aluminum wheels may look nice at first but require a lot of polishing. Eventually, the aluminum finish may flake and peel. Wheels plated with chrome require little care and won’t corrode or deteriorate in harsh conditions.

Why People Are Attracted to Aluminum Rims

We know that polished aluminum rims look decorative and shiny. That’s why you like them and are trying to decide whether aluminum or chrome plating is the right choice for you. We’ve gathered some facts about aluminum and the difference between this plating and chrome.

Aluminum alloy is lightweight and durable. Even these rims are costly, look great when they are brand new. These stylish rims are often seen on sports cars.

Racecar teams go through dozens of tires everyday. While they need the rims to be durable, they do not need them to look good for more than one day. These shiny, custom wheels only have to impress fans during a quick whirlwind around the track.

In order for a wheel made from an aluminum alloy to keep its shiny finish, however, it has to be polished. Even if you put in the elbow grease and buff these rims regularly, the polish eventually wears off and flakes.

Why Choose Chrome Plating?

Chrome is rugged because there is no corrosion or oxidation. This heavy-duty metal finish can last forever when taken care of properly. While it is not as lightweight as aluminum, it can look just as shiny.

Chrome is not just the stuff wheels are made from, it is also found around the house. You can find chrome on sinks, faucets, and doorknobs. When aluminum shines, it is reflective but it does not give off a complete mirror image like chrome does. Chrome is shiny enough to see yourself in it.

Chrome is more durable than aluminum and takes a step-by-step process to apply. Our chrome plating process uses 24 steps to ensure the maximum quality finish.

Upgrading your current wheel finish to chrome is an investment in the look and quality of your car or motorcycle. Yet, you receive the satisfaction of having a higher quality look while also having peace of mind the shine and finish will last for years to come.

Still on the fence about chrome or aluminum? Contact us at 888-327-4189 to have your questions answered.


The chrome plating process is different for each shop. We’ve developed our process over 75 years of combined experience to give our clients maximum quality. Learn more about our process below.

The Process of Chrome Plating

There are 24 steps in the process we use to process chrome plating. We use chromium, copper, and two types of nickel as material in the procedure. The combination of these quality materials, along with our thorough process, ensures that the chrome plating job we complete for you is the absolute best.

We can offer Black Chrome plating for you if you wish to have a black finish on your wheels.

Why Many People Are Attracted to Chrome Plating

Chrome plating makes your motorcycle look good with its mirror finish and shine. We’ve seen many customers and our own rides win competitions and receive comments on the beauty of the shine and finish.

Years ago, I saw a custom built Chopper that was completely plated in chrome. At that time it was very difficult to find chrome parts in community bike parts shops. To get chrome parts on your bike, you had to remove parts from your own bike, scrub it clean, and have it chrome plated at a bumper re-chroming place.

Over the years, the process has become more convenient and chrome plating shops like ours follow strict environmental standards. We enjoy hearing feedback from customers when they get their chrome wheels or parts back from the shop.

A proper chrome plating job leaves your parts with a thin but durable layer of the gorgeous shiny material. If you are looking for a place that does the job right, contact us.