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Old 11-21-2006, 08:11 AM
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chrome vs polished

whats the differences between a chrome wheel and a polished alum. wheel?
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:33 AM
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whats the differences between a chrome wheel and a polished alum. wheel?
A chrome wheel is steel with a chrome plate finish. Polished aluminum is just that...aluminum with a nice finish.
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Old 11-21-2006, 08:35 AM
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Polished aluminum wheels will have to be polished unless they have some sort of clear coating on them. Chrome wheels are easier to maintain. Soap and water and they look great. I have had both and it is well worth the extra money to get the Chrome. I just don't have time to spend the better part of a day polishing wheels.
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on the chrome. Chrome is way easier to maintain. I do however like the looks of a good polished aluminum wheel but be prepared to spend hours upon hours polishing them to keep the look.
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Yes chrome is easier to clean. IMO polished looks better and if you have them clear coated windex will shine 'em up nice in a matter of seconds.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:24 PM
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The wheels on my old F250 (see my garage) were polished aluminum and if you did not keep them clean crap would get into the finish and it was a real big pain if you let them go long enough. They were a little cheaper, but I wished that I would have gone with chrome. I have Chrome 20's now on my Dodge and they clean up so much easier and quicker. Plus they look a lot better.
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These fellas nailed it. I've had polished on my last truck and after 4 polishing days( i usually spent the better part of a day to do a so so polish.) I gave up. I still gotem on my golf cart and have given up on them too. I'll hit them once in a while with the Mothers powerball and that does them good, but its still a lot of work compared to chrome!!
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Chrome does not last as long as aluminum in winter weather where they salt the road a lot. Around here in Indiana, most people run aftermarket wheels in nice weather with a spare set for the winter. This is especially true with chrome wheels. If you don't keep them clean with a coat of wax on em, they will pit and rust really fast. If you don't run a spare set of wheels in bad weather, then aluminum is the way to go.
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That's what i'm doing now, running around on the stockers.....
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