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Black Chrome

What Kind of Wheels & Parts Can be Finished in Black Chrome? Almost ANYTHING!

We have developed different manufacturing techniques to produce our world-renowned Black Chrome finishes. Depending on the type of part or wheel we are working with will determine which process produces the best results. Often times a combination of these different hybrid processes will be utilized. We offer two custom house colors, our traditional Black Chrome and our new Black Chrome Obsidian which is a darker, richer finish. We can Black Chrome just about anything imaginable. From one-piece wheels, multi-piece wheels, plastics, metal parts, etc..

Wheel Processing

Jay Lenos  C6RS Corvette with Black Chrome Wheels

Jay Lenos C6RS Corvette with black chrome

Black Chrome utilizes a proprietary dry method of applying metals and clear coats. It is a combination of two processes, Sputter Deposition and Powder Coat.

Sputter Deposition is a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) method of depositing thin films of metals by electro-statically charging the metals and sputtering or ejecting (vaporizing) metals from a target or source inside a vacuum chamber (to reduce contamination), which then deposits these metals onto the wheel or substrate.

Black Chrome Chrome Plated and Silver Painted Wheels

Black Chrome (Bottom Left),
Chrome Plated (Middle),
and Silver Painted Wheels (Top Right)

After the metals are applied to the wheel in the vacuum chamber, a clear coat finish of finely ground particles of clear and/or colored pigments and resin is then electro-statically charged and applied on top of the metals. This powder coating is then baked in a curing oven until melted and fused into a solid and durable coating.

Due to the nature of the processing, some inclusions (air bubbles and / or fish eyes) may appear on each wheel in the clear coat. These inclusions are normal. Inclusions are not considered to be a defect and do not effect the longevity of the chrome finish. The Black Chrome process works best on flat faced wheels with a small or no lip. It is difficult to get coverage on wheels with deep lips.

If you need assistance in determining what wheel style / design you have, please refer to our wheel type guide.

Pricing & Turn Around Time

Range Rover Sport 19 inch Smoke Metal

Range Rover Sport 19"

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Due to the custom nature and manufacturing technique involved with Black Chrome finishing, processing time is slightly longer at approximately 15-20 business days NOT including transit time.

Payment is required prior to any work being performed. Payment for chrome work is accepted via Personal / Company check, PayPal, or Money Order. Payment is required to be sent along with the wheels and the Customer Instruction Sheet. This will help expedite processing time. If you are unsure of the work to be performed, we can upon receiving your wheels, send you an estimate once we have determined what work needs to be performed.


I want to black chrome my wheels? But what about my center caps?

Due to the different compositions of materials used to make wheels which are mostly aluminum alloy and center caps which are primarily plastic, we are frequently asked this question. Because the materials are different, different processes are required to make the wheels and center caps match. There might be a slight differnce in color, but almost all customers are satisfied with the results.


Our Black Finishes

Many customers requested a deep and highly reflective luxury finish, calling it Black Chrome for lack of a better term, when in reality they are looking for a finish more like our Black Fusion. Whether you're going for a complete black out, or adding a sporty touch to your vehicle, Fusion Coating or Black Chrome may be exactly what you're looking for.

Black Finishes Fusion Coat Black Chrome Chrome

About Black Fusion Coating


22" Wheels - Black Fusion Coated on
Range Rover Sport

Some customers assume black chrome is the finish they wish to have on their wheels, when in reality they are just looking for something very dark and reflective. For these customers we also have available Black Fusion Coat - a revolutionary advancement in powder coating technology. This new proprietary process is a combination of Eco-friendly clean pretreatment, enhanced application methods, and Pulse Power technology.

This high gloss finish is exactly what you're looking for if you want to black out your vehicle

Click here to visit the Fusion Coating section.


Competition vs. CalChrome

At California Chrome Wheel Inc., we have worked very hard to develop our black chrome product. It is of utmost importance to us, that the black chrome finish be as high quality as possible, and to share in the unique properties of bright chrome.

Comparing CalChromes Black Chrome with the competition.

As is plainly visible in the examples above the competitors black chrome has a very poor surface quality, with pits and an "Orange Peel" texture to the entire surface, as well as a brown hue to the reflections. CalChrome's wheel on the other hand, has a smooth, highly reflective surface, with a luster that only comes from true chrome plating.

Jays C6RS Corvette

Jay Lenos C6RS Corvette with black chrome wheels

Jay Lenos C6RS Corvette with black chrome wheels. This 600hp monster runs on E85 ethanol fuel!

Jay Lenos C6RS Corvette with black chrome wheelsC6RS Corvette with black chrome wheels
Jay Lenos C6RS Corvette with black chrome wheelsC6RS Corvette with black chrome wheels

Black Chrome Gallery

Below are examples of completed black chrome wheels, in different lighting conditions and viewing angles. The unique properties of our black chrome finish create various and unique shades depending on the lighting condition. From bright reflections to an almost solid, high luster black, this finish is guaranteed to turn heads.

Black Chrome Care & Maintenance

For more tips on cleaning your wheels, read our Care & Maintenance Guide.

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