Chrome rims have been one of the more sought after car accessories for years now. What makes these car accessories so popular is how they add to the attractiveness and allure of any kind of vehicle. Nothing beats a fresh pair of chrome rims in good shape on a nice ride.

Do You Restore Chrome Rims or Replace?

However, if the chrome rims are severely damaged, they can really make a nice vehicle look bad, or are not even usable. When this happens, some individuals go purchase another set because of how difficult it can be to restore or how expensive and time consuming the whole process can be. The reason why chrome rims are so much tougher to restore than standard rims is because they are plated instead of painted.

Chrome rims are installed on top of the aluminum alloy wheel, most often with a zinc and copper plate in between the two dissimilar metals. Why a zinc and copper plate? Because dissimilar metals corrode when they are in contact with each other, and the zinc and copper plate placed in the middle enables the chrome to adhere to the aluminum instead of corrode.

Chrome Rim Restoration is an Option

If corrosion does occur, chrome rim restoration is a plausible option. There is a 7-step process Classic Chrome Plating takes to ensure a restoration is top-notch. The process includes re-chroming the wheels or parts once it has been repaired.
Hopefully the deterioration isn’t so damaging, and you can send it to our rim repair shop to be welded, repaired, and straightened out by before being electroplated with chrome. We can review the damage to tell you if there’s possible hope for restoration since we specialize in rim repair and re-chroming.