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Old 10-23-2018, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Experience with chrome needed

First off, I'd like to state that I have looked EVERYWHERE for a solution to this and found nothing. Secondly, I know this isn't directly subie related, but I figure you guys always help me so why not ask anyway.

Ok so I bought some Chrome Kazera k-za wheels for pretty cheap. The faces/ spokes are clean, but the lips are peeling and pitted pretty badly (one spot has like and inch of chrome plating peeled off). Now I really don't care if these wheels stay chrome or if I paint them. My question is would it be cheaper and effective to try and sand and touch up the chrome with chrome paint, repaint the entire wheel, or have a pro re-plate them? Let me know if anyone has any words of wisdom, I'm dying here.

Side note- My stupid a** thought chrome was paint so I planned on stripping them and going for a polished aluminum look, lol.
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Old 10-24-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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I think they have chrome paint now.
Chrome is usually a process that uses electrolysis instead of painting in the old days.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:15 PM   #3
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^^Chrome is still not paint...There is paint which mimics chrome appearance however.
I have personally painted chrome wheels, using high grit sand paper, self-etching epoxy primer, multiple base coats, and multiple coats of clear...
Do yourself a favor and ask what you really want out of them. Do you LIKE the chrome and want them to stay that way? If so, then have them professionally chemical stripped and re-plated. If you are thinking "eh, i got em cheap cut would like them more if they were a different color or black or something" then do the same as above, but pay to have them professionally powder coated.
I used quality materials when doing the job I described above, and it still did not give me the desired look and started to chip. Paint has a VERY hard time bonding to chrome plating.
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Old 10-25-2018, 12:20 AM   #4
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Replating = very expensive for anything that would be worthwhile.

Painting could also have issues due to poor adhesion of paint (as cknowlen experienced) or continued delam of the chrome under the paint unless you can get it fully stripped (it should be chrome over nickel over copper so there is alot to remove). Maybe see if you can have them aggressively sandblasted before paint to rough up & strip off the loosest chrome (since it sounds like they got a low quality prep/chroming).
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Old 10-25-2018, 01:47 PM   #5
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painting will be easier, but if you want something that is going to last, you will have to sandblast the wheels first and got that route or if you dont they wont las more than a couple months/ painting is pretty easy but its all in the prep.... or you can plastidip
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