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Chrome clad wheels vs chrome

i would like to start a discussion on the dodge chrome clads Vs. real chrome.

my opinion for whats its worth is that the chrome clads will outlast chrome wheels in the long run. the pitting on some of my other chrome wheels was pretty bad. lets hear from the"experts".

ok lets go folks....
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Chroming an aluminum rim is not easy, the process must be done well, for proper thickness of chrome around the spokes, custom anodes must be used. And even
with all the proper steps taken, one chip into the base metal and it's only a year
or so before it starts to flake in that area. And also there is the whole issue of embrittlement caused by chroming aluminum.

Chrome Clads last longer and have less instances of warranty repair, that's why all the manufacturers are using them.

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you know I dislike the chrome clad from day one tolerated them on my first 09 auto but never even drove my 09 6 speed with them I went with Chrome wheels aftermarket no issues the trick is polishing them up and sealing them and I've even had them in snow and salt the lug nuts now that was a different story. Being in a warmer climate chrome will last with the proper maintenance.
But to answer your question Chrome Clad rims will last longer just don't curb them


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i see your point Jeff, i don't like chrome either clad or not,, way to shinny. love the looks of classics i think they pop with a better look than chrome. the 20" chroms are just too much bling for me. oh back on topic which are best lasting, With normal maintance.


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this still need input, go at it guys.
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I love my chrome clads, easy to clean, bullet proof, very low maintenance. I've had chrome wheels, they chip, pit, flake, chrome clads just look good. Most people don't know that they are not real chrome.

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I have clad on my ram and all they have done is chip and crack after about 4-5 years. So imo they dont last.

Chrome wheels in my experience last longer, but I do take care of them.

If an after market company makes replacement clads your in business and dont have to worry about anything. ( makes me mad they did replacement clads on the 02-05 trucks, but not for the 06-09 )
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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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I like the chrome clads - the main reason that I'll be replacing them is to get a more "Old School" style rim (ie. Torq Thrusts).

The only problem I had with the clads is the water-spotting. Anyone else have that problem, or is it a regional issue with the minerals in the water?
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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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