Steel Wheel Chrome Plating at CalChrome
Steel Wheel Chrome Plating Quick Info
Ditch Witch Steel Wheels
Steel wheels are found on many older foreign (e.g. Austin Healey, Porsche) and domestic vehicles (e.g. American muscle cars such as Buicks, Chevys, Fords, Pontiacs , etc.) prior to the mid 1980s. Unlike aluminum alloy wheels, steel wheels are magnetic and can be checked to verify they are so by using a magnet.
Chrome plating of a steel wheel is a very special procedure that requires additional steps beyond what is required for rechroming an alloy wheel.How do I determine what kind of wheels I have?
Read our illustrated Wheel Type Guide.
How we chrome plate a steel wheel.
During the manufacturing process of most steel wheels, the center section and the outer barrels were prepared and plated separately and then welded together. This ensured that there was complete chrome coverage across the front of the wheel.
In order to re-chrome plate a steel wheel correctly, the wheel needs to be separated by removing the center section from the outer barrel. At this point, we can remove the old plating, polish, and re-chrome plate both individual pieces to ensure complete coverage on the visible portion of the wheel, which consists of the front side only. Upon completion of the plating, we will reposition the center section into the outer barrel and weld the two pieces back together. This is the same method that the original manufacturer performed during the initial assembly of the wheel.
If your wheels require repair, such as truing, curb damage, etc, we do offer repair services. Below are examples of wheels as we have received them. Please call for a quotation.
Steel Wheel Customization
Unlike many wheel shops or chrome plating shops, we have the ability to give your wheels a truly custom and unique look. From custom painting on top of chrome, to body matching, to fusion coating, the sky is the limit when it comes to customization!
Additionally with some steel wheels we have the ability to reverse or re-position the the center portion of the wheel to change the offset, and give the wheel more or less of a lip!
Please note that custom painting especially on top of chrome, is a very custom job and only recommended for show vehicles. As such we cannot warrant the painting for any amount of time.
What results can I expect?
Due to the differences in composition, steel wheels may not be chrome plated as easily as aluminum wheels. Steel is a thinner and much denser material than aluminum. Therefore, we cannot always polish out imperfections during the preparation process prior to the chrome plating.
In conclusion, when we rechrome a wheel, the rechroming process adds only a cosmetic finish. We do not refabricate, recondition, restructure, or otherwise restore the base metal of the wheels. All of our rechroming is done on a best-effort basis. Even though we are the industry quality leader, it is difficult for us to guarantee perfect results. The finished results will depend on many factors, including but not limited to the age, the condition, and the general suitability of the wheels as we received them. Keep in mind that the chrome plating will be new, however customers' expectations of a rechromed wheel can be unrealistic since the chrome plating reflects any and all imperfections in the base material of the wheel.
Steel wheel chrome plating pricing.
Cost includes all necessary disassembly, prep, rechrome plating, and reassembly. Steel chrome plating pricing starts at $295 per wheel.
Fusion Coating on Steel Wheels
Looking for something more durable than chrome, or just want to go for a different look? Check out our Fusion Coat product for your steel wheels! Fusion Coat is a proprietary finish that is closely related to powder coating. Our durable formulation also has the added protection of a clear powdercoat top layer. The final product is a solid color with either a glossy or matte surface with a much more durable finish than traditional powder coating.
Click here to see our fusion coat section. Provided that no other services are performed, steel Fusion Coat pricing starts at $125 per wheel.
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