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Chroming Process


Our Chroming Process from Start to Finish

Chrome plating of an aluminum wheel is an intricate and time-involved procedure. Below are some of the major steps required to chrome plate a wheel. Additional proprietary operations contribute to the wheel's final form. (Our Clientele)

Local pickup is available in many regions on the West Coast.
1. WHEEL PICKUP

Local Pickup is available in many regions on the West Coast.

Receiving large orders via LTL trucking
2. RECEIVING - Large Orders

Wheels are unloaded, sorted and prepped for processing..

Individually shipped orders are received daily through ground delivery services.
3. RECEIVING - Individual Orders

Individually shipped orders are received daily through ground delivery services.

Individually boxed wheels  are unpacked by hand.
4. UNPACKING

Individually boxed wheels are unpacked by hand.

Wheels are inspected, and checked against included paperwork and photos are taken.
5. INSPECTION

Wheels are inspected, and checked against included paperwork and photos are taken.

Each wheel is engraved with a unique tracking number.
6. TRACKING

Each wheel is engraved with a unique tracking number.

Detail of tracking numbers.
7. TRACKING - Detail

Detail of tracking numbers.

All paint and primers are removed at low temperature so wheels dont warp.
8. PAINT STRIP

All paint and primers are removed at low temperature so wheels dont warp.

All solutions are rinsed, collected and recycled.
9. PAINT STRIP

All solutions are rinsed, collected and recycled.

Showing before and after of the paint stripping process.
10. BEFORE / AFTER STRIP

Showing before and after of the paint stripping process.

This procedure brings the lip and outer edge area to a high luster.
11. SEMI-AUTOMATIC

This procedure brings the lip and outer edge area to a high luster.

This work is necessary to process the detail relief areas of the wheel (windows).
12. DETAIL POLISING W/ HAND TOOLS

This work is necessary to process the detail relief areas of the wheel (windows).

This final procedure polishes the larger facial areas of the wheel.
13. FINAL POLISHING

This final procedure polishes the larger facial areas of the wheel.

The flat part of the wheel is worked to eliminate waves in the material.
14. JITTERBUFF

The flat part of the wheel is worked to eliminate waves in the material.

The wheel is put through a special operation to remove all polishing compounds.
15. SOAP BATH & RINSE

The wheel is put through a special operation to remove all polishing compounds.

The wheel is put through various chemical baths to etch the surfaces.
16. CHEMICAL ETCHING

The wheel is put through various chemical baths to etch the surfaces.

Copper plating helps fill  imperfections in the porous, aluminum casing. Not all platers utilize this important step.
17. COPPER PLATE

Copper plating helps fill imperfections in the porous, aluminum casing. Not all platers utilize this important step.

After the completion of this procedure, copper wheels must again be polished before the next plating step can occur.
18. COPPER PLATED WHEELS

After the completion of this procedure, copper wheels must again be polished before the next plating step can occur.

Upon completion of the copper plating, the surface of the wheel needs to be brightened to a high-luster finish.
19. COPPER BUFFING

Upon completion of the copper plating, the surface of the wheel needs to be brightened to a high-luster finish.

Once again, the relief areas (window) needs to be brightened to a high-luster finish.
20. COPPER BUFFING (DETAIL)

Once again, the relief areas (window) needs to be brightened to a high-luster finish.

After the wheel is copper buffed, all of the polishing compound must be washed away to ensure proper adhesion of the following metals.
21. COPPER BATH

After the wheel is copper buffed, all of the polishing compound must be washed away to ensure proper adhesion of the following metals.

Copper plated wheels are inspected prior to receiving following nickel and chrome layers.
22. INSPECTION

Copper plated wheels are inspected prior to receiving following nickel and chrome layers.

Semi-bright nickel provides the base layer for excellent corrosion resistance in multi layer nickel systems and function as a
23. SEMI-BRIGHT NICKEL

LSemi-bright nickel provides the base layer for excellent corrosion resistance in multi layer nickel systems and function as a "barrier" to prevent base material corrosion.

Bright nickel is the metal that is primarily responsible for the bright shiny reflective qualities of a chrome wheel.
24. BRIGHT NICKEL

Bright nickel is the metal that is primarily responsible for the bright shiny reflective qualities of a chrome wheel.

Micropourous nickel (particle nickel) provides improved CASS-resistance due to a high amount of incorporated micro particles in the final nickel layer.
25. MICROPOUROUS NICKEL

Micropourous nickel (particle nickel) provides improved CASS-resistance due to a high amount of incorporated micro particles in the final nickel layer.

This device is placed on the wheel and helps to ensure complete and even coverage.
26. AUXILIARY ANODE

This device is placed on the wheel and helps to ensure complete and even coverage.

This device is placed on the wheel and helps to ensure complete and even coverage.
27. AUXILIARY ANODE ATTACHED

This device is placed on the wheel and helps to ensure complete and even coverage.

Alloy wheel shown after being dipped in chrome solution.
28. CHROME PLATING SOLUTION

Alloy wheel shown after being dipped in chrome solution.

Any remaining solutions are removed.
29. FINAL RINSE

Any remaining solutions are removed.

As each wheel is cleaned and inspected, it is identified by the customer number that will determine its packaging.
30. INSPECTION & CLEANING

As each wheel is cleaned and inspected, it is identified by the customer number that will determine its packaging.

Here is the completed part. It has been paint-stripped, polished, copper-plated, copper-buffed, nickel plated, and chrome plated.
31. COMPLETED PART

Here is the completed part. It has been paint-stripped, polished, copper-plated, copper-buffed, nickel plated, and chrome plated.

Completed wheels are tracked once again to ensure proper delivery.
32. TRACKING

Completed wheels are tracked once again to ensure proper delivery.

19 inch and larger are boxed with our proprietary foam molding process for shipping via UPS, OnTrac, or palletized shipment.
33. INDIVIDUALLY BOXED SHIPPING

19 inch and larger are boxed with our proprietary foam molding process for shipping via UPS, OnTrac, or palletized shipment.

18 inch and smaller are boxed with protective rings for shipping via UPS, OnTrac, or palletized shipment.
34. INDIVIDUALLY BOXED SHIPPING

18 inch and smaller are boxed with protective rings for shipping via UPS, OnTrac, or palletized shipment.

Large volume orders are loaded onto pallets and shrink wrapped.
35. PALETIZED SHIPPING

Large volume orders are loaded onto pallets and shrink wrapped.

Individual orders, including mummy wrapped tire & wheel packages can be shipped via UPS.
36. WHEEL DELIVERY

Individual orders, including mummy wrapped tire & wheel packages can be shipped via UPS.

Wheels with tires are professionally mounted and road force balanced.
37. WHEEL MOUNTING

Wheels with tires are professionally mounted and road force balanced.

Installation directly to vehicle by our trained technicians is available to local customers.
38. INSTALLATION

Installation directly to vehicle by our trained technicians is available to local customers.

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