NEED SOMETHING CHROMED?

Wheel pricing:Starts at $150
Parts pricing:Price varies.
Turn Around Time:Est. 10-15 business days.
What can we chrome:All types of wheels, parts

CalChrome has been the 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 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. 

ATTENTION TO DETAILS

When a wheel is chrome-plated by our competition, automated machines are used to polish the wheel's face. In many cases, the interior window areas do not receive the proper amount of preparation. This lack of attention to detail becomes readily apparent once the wheel has been plated.

BRIGHT AND REFLECTIVE

We are meticulous during our chroming process. Being attentive to all the details ensures that you get Chrome that's bright and stunning. We take pride in our work here at CalChrome.

QUALITY CHROME

At CalChrome we continually strive to make improvements in our chrome plating process in an effort to provide not only the best looking product, but also the highest quality and best resistance to corrosion possible.

THE CALCHROME 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.

chrome wheels for bmw calchrome 20 inch

OUR CLIENTELE

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 makes getting wheels chromed an easy process.

POLISHING - FACE VS. BACK OF THE WHEEL

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 Show Chrome.

Example of full polish on wheels

FAQ

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 a quotation. Normal automotive, one piece wheel production time is approximately 7 to 10 work days. Sometimes production length can be longer due to circumstances such as our work load, 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 quotations

» 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 a quote. We can give you a more accurate quote 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.

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.

Weight difference of a silver painted and chrome plated 20

 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

corroded chrome wheel

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.

Absolutely! Read more about how to have your Steel Wheels chromed by us here.

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