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Steel Wheel Plating

steel wheel
Ditch Witch Steel Wheels

Ditch Witch Steel

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.

Wheel Type Guide

How do I determine what kind of wheels I have?
Read our illustrated Wheel Type Guide.

How we Chrome Plate a Steel Wheel

Chrome Plated Steel Wheel Weld

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.

Stripped Steel Wheel
Steel wheel stripped and cleaned
Steel wheel center and outer separated
Center and outer separated
Separate Chrome Plated Steel Pieces
Separate pieces after chrome plating
Complete Steel Wheel After Welding
Completed wheel after being welded
Complete Chrome Plated Steel Wheels

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 with repairable damage
Wheel with reparable damage
(curb damage)
Steel wheel with severe rust and corrosion damage
Wheel with severe rust
and corrosion damage

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!

Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel
Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel
Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel
Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel Customized Chrome Plated Steel Wheel

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!

Repositioned Center to Change Wheel Offset

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.

Steel Wheels Before Chrome Plating
Steel Wheels Before
Chrome Plating
Steel Wheels After Chrome Plating
Steel Wheels After
Chrome Plating
Rusted area before chrome plating
Rusted area shown before
Chrome Plating
Rusted area after chrome plating
Rusted area shown after
Chrome Plating

In conclusion, when we rechrome a wheel, the rechroming process adds only a cosmetic finish. We do not re-fabricate, 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. For steel chrome plating Call For Pricing 661-294-0170 or chat with us now!

Fusion Coating on Steel Wheels

Fusion Powder Coated Steel Wheels

Matte Black Fusion Powder Coated Steel Wheel

Matte Black Fusion
Coated Steel Wheel

Looking for something more durable than chrome, or just want to go for a different look? Check out our Click here to see our fusion coat section. Provided that no other services are performed, for steel Fusion Coat Call For Pricing 661-294-0170 or chat with us now!

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