NEED SOMETHING CHROME PLATED?
Table of Contents
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1.Pricing & Payment
2.What makes us better than the rest?
3. Why choose CalChrome?
4. What is the Five Plate Process?
5. Our Clientele
6. How Do We Polish Wheels?
7. What is Black Chrome?
8. What is Mayan Chrome?
9. How will Chrome Wheels Look on Your Vehicle?
10.Frequently Asked Questions
11. Fixture Marks
12. How Do I Get Started? Step By Step Instructions On How To Send Your Wheels/Parts To Us
Pricing & PAYMENT
Starts at $195 per four one-piece automotive wheels 19″ and smaller.
For other sizes and wheel types please Request A Estimate and send photos as it makes for more accurate pricing. Things that affect pricing are wheel size, wheel diameter, wheel width, and the difficulty in polishing/copper buff. For example, wheels with multiple (10) spokes require more polishing/copper buff time than a wheel that has 5 spokes.
|Wheel_Turn_Around_Time:||Est. 10-20 business days depending on our workload|
|Parts Pricing:||Price varies. Please send photos as it makes for more accurate estimates.|
|What can we chrome:||All types of automotive wheels, motorcycle wheels, and parts|
Payment is required prior to any work being performed. Payment for work is accepted via Personal / Company check, PayPal, Visa / Mastercard, Money Order, and Bank Wire Transfer. Do not send payment along with the wheels. We will ask for payment once the wheels arrive. We will send you an invoice via your provided email address. Please make sure this is an email address that you check regularly.
** For rechroming of wheels and parts, WE DO NOT accept credit cards for payment. Local customers can drop off and pick up to save freight costs. Los Angeles sales tax is 9.5%. No sales tax if shipped outside of California. All prices estimates are in US Dollars. All out of country orders Bank Wire Transfer is the method of payment. In review, once we have received payment the processing of your wheels or parts begins. If for some reason you have not heard from us requesting payment for processing after your parts have arrived, please double-check that we have received your payment.
an Industry Leader in CHROME PLATING since 1996!
While we offer other various services, our specialty is original equipment automotive alloy wheel chroming and rechroming. When comparing chrome-plated alloy wheels between different manufacturers it may be difficult to determine the differences. But there is more than cosmetics to a quality chrome plated wheel. What you cannot see is the additional plating time and craftsmanship involved to produce a superior part. We at California Chrome Wheel and Tire take extra time and additional steps to help prolong, protect and ensure that the original finished luster provides years of service. At California Chrome we are known to be one of the top quality platers, this is in fact due to longer plating cycles than our competitors.
Why Choose CalChrome?
These pictures above are examples of our full show polish chrome. The additional polishing on the face and in the windows required a small upcharge for this processing. This work added additional time and money but the final product upon chrome plating the results speak for themselves.
Our Five Plate Process
For years the term triple chrome plate has been the mark for top quality chrome plating. In reality, alloy wheel chrome plating is a multi-layer of metal. Some of our competition only use two or three layers, calling it triple chrome. At California Chrome Wheel we have developed a proprietary five plate process, which incorporates the use of copper. Its this additional plating step that each wheel receives that makes the difference. Learn about our chrome plating process through our diagram.
These additional steps yield a show-quality finished product that is utilized by our high-end clientele.We provide at the automotive dealership level direct to Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. This also includes wheels manufactured by Alcoa, Weld Racing, The Tire Rack, Discount Tire Direct etc. We are known nationally and recommended through the Viper Club Forum and numerous Corvette Clubs. Our quality is remembered well after the price is forgotten. CalChrome Wheel and Tire makes getting wheels chromed an easy process.
How do we polish wheels?
When a wheel is electro-chrome plated, the entire wheel is submerged and the entire wheel receives a full plating deposit. The reflectivity and ‘shiny-ness’ associated with chrome plating actually comes from the polish work. This often times can be the difference between a wheel that looks good and one that does not, even though the plating itself may be identical.
At California Chrome, we use a combination of mechanical and hand polishing on the entire face and window area of every wheel that we chrome plate. The inside barrel or ‘back side’ of a wheel does not receive any additional polish work, because of the inherent difficulty, labor involved, and the fact that it the inside barrel is rarely seen.
For those customers looking for a full barrel polish, we do offer that service at additional cost. Usually reserved for show vehicles, a full barrel polish will take your wheel to the ultimate in reflectivity. Learn more about CalChrome Wheel and Tire Show Chrome.
Consider our Black Chrome Finish
Black Chrome is ideal for those that like Chrome and its reflectivity but also want darker wheels. While there is more work and artistry involved in the Black Chrome Process, what you get is something truly unique. Learn more
Mayan Chrome: Our Brand new Chrome-like Finish
Mayan Chrome is a brand-new alternative to our standard Electro Chrome Plate finish. This all-new process allows us to take parts that normally wouldn’t be good candidates to be chrome plated and give them a chrome-like finish. Read more about Mayan Chrome here.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the wheel requires an accessory to be processed, such as the center cap or lug nuts, these items are priced separately. Please ask for an estimate. Normal automotive, one-piece wheel production time is approximately 10 to 20 workdays. Sometimes production length can be longer due to circumstances such as our workload, the intricacy/design of the wheel you are sending us, or repairs that need to be done prior to chrome plating. For specialty designs such as multi-piece wheels etc, please contact us for an estimate.
» If you need assistance in determining what wheel style / design you have, please refer to our wheel type guide.
» For multi-piece wheels and welded two piece wheels please call for an estimate. We can give you a more accurate estimate depending on which service best suits your needs.
Chrome replacement center caps are available for many makes and models. Please call us to see if a replacement cap for your wheel is available 661-294-0170
Payment is required prior to any work being performed. Payment for chrome work is accepted via Personal / Company check, PayPal, or Money Order. You may send payment along with the wheels attached to 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.1
This applies first time chrome plating of an originally painted or polished aluminum alloy wheel. If the wheel was originally chrome plated, or has been chrome plated at any time, then it is now considered a chrome wheel and will no longer qualify as a first-time chrome or for first-time chrome pricing. Click here for more info.
Possible corrosion or pitting damage may be present that was not apparent prior to the removal of the plating. Similar to the damage caused to wood by termites, some damage may not be visible from the outside. Aluminum alloy wheels are a softer material than the metals plated on them and corrosion will attack the softer metal first.
There is a very common misconception about chrome plating your wheels: that the chrome plating adds significant weight to the wheels, increasing unsprung weight and decreasing performance. This myth is simply unfounded.
Below is an example of a 20″ Dodge Challenger SRT-8 wheel. The photo on the left is the wheel in its factory finish, which is a typical silver paint. The photo on the right shows the same wheel after being chrome plated here at CalChrome. The weight difference between the two is barely one quarter of a pound.
If your wheels have sustained minor curb damage (scraping), more often than not, your wheels will be able to be plated. The photos below are examples of acceptable curb damage that we are able to blend in during our polishing procedure at no additional charge
The image above is unfortunately a common problem that people experience with chrome wheels which have been mounted using a cheap water based tire lubricant. This corrosion occurs because inexpensive tire lubricants are water based (and often further diluted) and traps moisture in the contact area between the wheel and tire on your vehicle as well as inside the tire itself. Through normal use of the vehicle this moisture over time corrodes the chrome plating and can eventually cause separation of the chrome from the wheel. This often leads to a wheel leaking air beneath the chrome, even though the tire is perfect.
This is completely preventable! For years performance and luxury car manufacturers as well as aerospace and racing industries have used wax based, paste lubricant for tire mounting. The reason? There is no water in the solution to promote corrosion between the tire and the wheel. In fact, modern tire paste lubricants have added rust inhibitors to further protect against oxidation and ensure a long life for your chrome wheels!
The cosmetic rivets will need to be removed before chrome plating. Please remove the rivets before shipping or they will be drilled out and lost. There is a wheel rivet removal charge Call For Pricing 661-294-0170. You may want to contact the manufacturer to see if replacement rivets are available before shipping the wheels to us. We may be able to supply replacement rivets at an additional cost but the replacement rivets may not match the original size and design. Some rivets may not be available at all.
Every wheel to be processed will have marks where the wheel has been held to process whether it be held in a fixture or by some other method, look hard enough and you will always find these distorted areas almost always on the backside of the wheel. Unfortunately, these marks are unavoidable.