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DO NOT SHOP AT THE TIRE AND WHEEL WAREHOUSE IN ALBERTA I bought four wheels and tires from the tire and wheel warhouse in edmonton I told them I was looking for a year round wheel they said go with the polished dick cepek dc1 because a quick polish in the spring will bring them back so thinking they are the expert they should know So after 6 months and 7000 kms the finish on the wheels is destroyed they are stained deep into the metal I.ve worn out a power ball tryed every metal polish I could get my hands and been to at least a dozen places and they all say the they need to be wet sanded and refinished WHAT after only 6 months So I called the retailer and asked about a warrienty they said yes there is a 1 year finish warrenty bring them in and we will exchange them That sounds good right so you would think
Then I took the 5 hour trip to get them replaced and guess what I get there and there is nothing wrong with the wheels in there eyes just some mild staining that will polish right out so i started to argue with them till I got to worked up and left Then I called the manufacture and they said I have the wrong wheel I should have chrome its retailers mistake take it up with them
So I called and talked to the manager for over 1 hour and was told to pound sand and thats too bad that all wheels will go to hell in one winter what up with that Then I told them that my stock wheels are almost 5 years old and still look like new so why can't my new ones they told me oh those are coated wheels!! So why didn't they sell me some coated wheels
I have spent over 8 hour of hard work with steel wool, scotich brite pads, sand paper, 3 different types of polish and acid brightner,and a power ball and got one to look ok not good just OK

So I can not bring my self to spent another 24hrs on the other 3 since I just bought them I paid good money which i workrd for for these wheels and why do I have too pay more money and bust my a$$ to keep them looking good
I wish there was a system that could force a$$holes like these to pay for there mistakes I makes me so mad
So I guess the best I can do is tell my story and try to take away some of there customers Anybody got any other ideas

DO NOT SHOP AT THE TIRE AND WHEEL WARHOUSE IN ALBERTA
 

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Worthless post without pictures.
 

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Sorry I'm slow with pics here they are The first two are after some polishing the last 3 are the damage! Could someone tell me how to make the pics smaller?






 

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I have seen that happen to a set of welds. Not that quick though. That sucks man!!
 

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Sucks is not the word
 

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So much for customer service! That sucks, maybe you could get them powdercoated with the chrome color? at least that would hold up.
 

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I can't bring my self to spend any more money on them i already have hundreds in polish and gagets to repair them i think they might make it to ebay and find something else or run my stockers What do you think it would cost to power coat them?
 

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that really sucks man, but that's a polished wheel for you. there is no such thing as a polished wheel that can survive a Canadian winter. Any little bit of salt will absolutely destroy the finish. I ran my MT Classic IIs for only 3 months last winter, washed them at least once a week, and still had discolorations and etching much worse than that.

you can keep polishing by hand (try magic mix and a mushroom buff, it'll bring a bit of shine back), or get the wheels professionally refinished (which will probably be about $150-$200 a piece), or buy new wheels and use your DCs as winter wheels. I personally like the idea of powdercoating them. It'll be about the same price as refinishing them, you'll have a much stronger finish that you should be able to use all year, and nobody else will have the same wheels.
 

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it pays to be informed if i only knew then what i know now!! LOL!! what sugestions would anyone have for a good year round wheel or is there such a thing?
 

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no kidding it's always that way :hehe: if it makes you feel any better, i ended up selling my "winterized" $1200 wheels for a pathetic $400 :doh:

What wheels to get for year-round use? your best bets will be anything powdercoated, teflon coated, flat/gloss black, or black with diamond-cut accents. You can get away with chrome wheels if you really take care of them, but for the price you pay, why would you want to potentially ruin the finish? Best to run fancy wheels in the summer and throw the cheap black steelies or stockers on for the winter.
 

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Man that sucks dude.
I guess Ill never have that problem (Florida)
Although, My wife is from BC. Ill have to keep this in mind
(Todo's... Powder coat wheels before mvng to BC)
Powder coating would look cool though...
 

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Did you wash them off at all during the winter? Salt will always tear up aluminum wheels in a quickness so you have to stay on top of them and wash them off once a week minimum. I would just have them powdercoated black. That will solve your problems. I polish wheels on the side as well as engine parts. You will have alot of time getting those wheels back to normal. typically on a wheel in that condition Ill spend 12 hours on each one. I decided to just paint my current wheels but Im going to strip the paint and refinish them soon
 
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