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Some Information Regarding Chrome Plating

Sep 8, 2008
Chrome is very popular nowadays. Chrome rims are very popular in the automobile industry. They add tough of class in the tires of any new or used car. Not only cars you can also use it in the wheels of other vehicles like bikes, trucks also.

Chrome rims are well polished with mirror end finish which shines in the light. Usually the rims are made from the cast aluminum. Later they undergo multi-step chrome plating process. You will also find chrome of black color.

You should be very careful while choosing the chrome rim. Your vehicle's chrome rim must be proportional to the vehicle's weight. If these are not done then the car performance will definitely goes down and it may also cause serious accidents. The weight bearing capability for a vehicle must be compatible with the load rating of the rim. Even the holes in the lugs of the vehicle tires should match the holes for the lugs on the chrome rims.

It is very easy to installed chrome rims. Chrome rims are installed either by exchanging the entire wheel rim with the new chrome rim or simply by plating the existing wheels with chrome. The plating process is also very simple. The very first thing you have to do is dirt, grime, rust removal from chrome. After cleaning the next thing is plating with copper and polishes it afterwards to give a smooth finish. It is soon followed by layer of nickel. Finally the layer of chromium gives a shiny appearance. Though plating is cheap in comparison to exchanging the rims but it is always better if you exchange your old rim with the new chrome rims.

The range of the chrome rim's cost varies depending upon the looks. Usually for lower end rims the cost ranges between $200 and $500 each. But for upper end the price scale also rises up. It may even cost even several thousand dollars.

Nowadays new technologies have evolved for chrome plating both in metal and non metallic surfaces without creating any environmental hazards.

Since the material used in Chrome plating creates some environmental hazards so some regulations have been made to make the chrome plating environmental friendly. Thus chrome plating has become difficult in recent times. Naturally the cost of the rim also increased simultaneously. Conventional chrome plating now facing lot of limitations; they cannot chrome plate many surfaces because of the regulations.

Now the chrome plating industry is facing troubles due to the norms that they have to follow. Naturally many shops got closed or they have relocated from North America due to EPA regulations.

The cleaning of chrome rims can be easily done by the use of chrome polish and buffing. Always remember to avoid the road salt during winter. The road salt is dangerous for chrome as it can damage the chrome. Chrome rim can get rusted because of the salt in the road. It can even lead to corrosion of the rim. If somehow rust comes in the chrome then you should use different rust products to remove the rust.
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