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What is Black Chrome?

Black Chrome is a finish that combines the reflective properties of traditional Chrome and sporty look of a Black Fusion Powder coat. The result is a finish that creates 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.

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. Traditional Chrome Electroplate is the base for our non-pvd black chrome process. Our method eliminates the orange peel dilemma associated with pvd coatings. A high end automotive clearcoat is applied to protect & enhance this premium finish. We can Black Chrome just about anything imaginable. From one-piece wheels, multi-piece wheels, plastics, metal parts, etc. Due to Black Chrome’s inherent reflective properties, light and shadows change it’s appearance. Only in person can you truly appreciate this unique finish.

Pricing & Turn Around Time

For wheels and all other custom projects please send us photos to help us quote your job correctly. Wheel pricing varies by design and sizing. Pricing for premium Black Chrome starts at $395 and processing is approx 3-4 weeks depending on our workload. Please call us at (661) 294-0170 to discuss your specific details. All other custom processing requires that you contact us. Due to the custom nature and manufacturing technique involved with Black Chrome finishing, processing time is slightly longer than traditional chrome due to additional processing and this does NOT include transit time. Payment is required prior to any work being performed. Payment for black chrome work is accepted via Personal / Company check, PayPal, Visa / Mastercard or Money Order. Payment can 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 and collect at that time.  

Why Choose CalChrome?


If it's just your wheels being processed then you'd still be able to drive your car as we have loaner wheels and tires available. Ask us about our loaner program.


California Chrome Wheel inc. was established in 1996 and has become the industry leading provider of custom and specialty finishes. Over the past 20 years we have been one of the largest suppliers of custom finishes to retail consumers.


At CalChrome we take pride in our work. Due to the nature of custom work you get what you pay for and what you'll get from is a quality job.

What's the difference between Chrome and Black Chrome?

As the name implies, Black Chrome an aesthetically darker version of chrome. However what makes it special is that it retains the characteristics of traditional chrome which gives it depth. We offer our Black Chrome in two shades of black. Go for Black Chrome Obsidian finish if you want to go darker than our standard Black Chrome.

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we can also do other colored chrome.

Do you have a different color of chrome in mind? We can also do that upon request. Any color you can think of, the sky is the limit with our customization options.

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.

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Also consider our fusion coat finishes

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.

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Is there a darker version of Black Chrome?

Absolutely, we call our darker variant Black Obsidian Chrome. This finish is darker while still maintaining the translucent and reflective properties of traditional Chrome Electroplate.

How does our Black Chrome differ from our competition?

At California Chrome Wheel and Tire, 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. As is plainly visible in the example, the competitor’s 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.

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Black chrome Care & Maintenance Guide

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