Read about what makes CalChrome different from the competition.
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What we do at CalChrome
What we do different here at CalChrome, is that we are a one-stop-shop that can provide a variety of different custom finishes to enhance the original equipment manufacturers alloy wheels. At California Chrome Wheel Inc, we specialize in the application of premium aftermarket show quality chrome plating, a variety of black finishes (Gloss Fusion Coat, Matte Fusion Coat) and completely custom options which include Specialty Paint and finish combinations.
As shown above, the original wheel starts in a silver painted finish which is mechanically and chemically striped down to the base aluminum alloy. From that point, depending on the requested finish, the wheel will go into our show quality Chrome Plating process, Fusion Coat or custom finish options.
Before any wheel is chrome plated, the surface must be prepared. This is accomplished by working the visible area of the wheel with course to very fine emery cloth. This work is accomplished by use of various upright and semi-automatic machinery. This brings the wheel from a course to a smooth surface. However, the wheel's surface will be refined even further to a high-luster surface. Various buffing pads, again from course to fine, polish the wheels with the aid of various polishing compounds.
Now that the wheel has been brought to a smooth, high-luster finish, more preparation is performed on the finely-detailed nooks and crannies using complex hand-tools. This attention to detail is what makes CalChrome the industry-leading quality show chromer.
When a wheel is chrome-plated by our competition, automated machines are used to polish the wheel's face. In many cases, the interior window areas do not receive the proper amount of preparation (detail polishing). This lack of attention to detail becomes readily apparent once the wheel has been plated. The interior window areas are often bumpy and do not have the lustrous, reflective finish one would expect from a chrome wheel. CalChrome's additional preparation to the finely-detailed areas of the wheel brings the finest quality chrome to you- at no additional cost!
At California Chrome Wheel, we give each and every wheel the high level of polishing detail required to ensure a consistent, shiny finish. Many of our polishers have been refining the art of chrome polishing for over 15 years! You can be confident that your wheels will receive the incredible detailing that will produce a high-quality showpiece.Click here to see our chroming process!
A unique customer number is engraved
on each and every wheel.
Reputation is our livelihood here at California Chrome Wheel. Our "Leader in the industry" label has been hard won, with innovations such as our unique tracking system.
By engraving each wheel barrel with a distinct customer number, production number and additional internal identification, we are able to track and identify each wheel throughout our entire chrome process.
Competitors vs CalChrome
Examples of OEM polishing and chrome plating quality:
Independent chrome plating quality testing
At California Chrome Wheel Inc. we continually strived to make improvements in our chrome plating process in an effort to provide not only the best looking product, but also the highest quality and best resistance to corrosion possible.
To that end, we atCalifornia Chrome Wheel Inc. have gone above and beyond what any other decorative plater today has done, and have had our chrome plating independantly tested against not only a typical chinese chrome plated wheel, but also against another high volume American based decorative chrome pating facility.
The results speak for themselves as the CalChrome plated wheel surpassed either of the other wheels by over three times the testing length and actually surpassed the standards set forth by Chrysler, Ford, and GM.Click here to proceed to the testing procedures and results
Mechanical Strip (Media Blast)
At California Chrome we also offer a non-corrosive and non-destructive form of mechanical paint and chrome stripping called Uniform Media Blasting.
Uniform Media Blast is a cold working procedure by which the part surface is bombarded with small spheres of uniform media that creates compressive stresses used primarily to increase corrosion resistance, reduce porosity in castings, increase the fatigue life, and prevent stress and cracking of metal parts. Nearly all fatigue failures originate on the surface of a part, however, Uniform Media Blast significantly reduces this problem since cracks will not initiate in a compressively stressed area.
The finished texture of the wheel (prior to polishing) depends on the casting design, and alloy composition. Uniform Media Blast may create a slightly rougher finish in areas that are not polished, but which actually aids in keeping the tires from slipping and rotating on the wheels in high performance applications.
Inner Barrel Polishing
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