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Can alloy wheels be painted? Polished? Chromed?

FAQs about Alloy Wheels

Alloy wheels are the most common type of wheel out on the road today. But for those who like to customize their rollers, many questions have come up. Let’s take a look at whether or not alloy wheels can be painted, polished, and chromed.

Can alloy wheels be painted?

Yes, alloy wheels can be painted. Just be careful, as the likelihood of the paint starting to peel is high. Make sure you prime it first and let that layer dry before applying the paint.

Painting alloy wheels is a great way to hide damage like a scratch or just change-up the look. They can be painted all one color or made extra spiffy with a two-tone scheme.

Can alloy wheels be polished?

Yes, alloy wheels can be polished. Choose your polish based what type of surface coating you already have on your alloy wheel. If your alloy wheel is clear coated, it requires less aggressive polish. Others require more aggressive variations. Be careful, however, not to scratch or dull the finish.

For best results, apply your polish with a specified polishing tool. This is a great way to enhance the look of your alloy wheels.

Can alloy wheels be chromed?

Yes, alloy wheels can be chromed.  If your alloy wheels are not as shiny or eye-catching as you desire, go ahead and chrome them. This process involves spraying the wheels with chrome paint.

However, chrome plating aluminum alloy wheels is not recommended, as the process can weaken the aluminum.

Did You Know? Many excellent alloy wheel options are available for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

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Here at Hall Cars, our trained and knowledgeable service team can work with your alloy wheels to get them looking however you want. Also, be sure ask us about new wheels and wheel accessories for purchase. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you (and your wheels) soon at Hall Cars!