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the critical step is regular cleaning and application of wax for chrome plated wheels - brake dust will bond and start surface corrosion (metallic brake pad material) and this will start to attach the chrome plating.
The trouble is (like previous post) that chrome really isn't suitable to plate over aluminum. Most of the time it will be chrome plate over steel, and aluminum allow wheels tend to save weight vs. steel wheels...
The other aspect is aluminum can be cast or forged into various shapes/styles with more freedom to cast and then CNC machine for the final shaping/look, where steel is going to be stamped or various parts welded together to produce a desired shape.
Mercedes dealers were offering chrome plated (over OEM aluminum wheels), whereas the factory won't do such a thing, nor warranty a chrome plated wheel...
The other approach (like the 20" Heritage wheel) is to polish the aluminum and clear coat it - granted, it has a different color (less blueish color than chrome) and has a softer reflective quality, but its the more durable way to go.
Otherwise, you have the chrome-painted clad covers, but if anything (i.e. road salt, or de-icing chemicals) gets to that chrome paint, that won't hold up either.
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