The polished wheels will be painted with a clear coat anyway. Also, the color paint on wheels is generally a very durable finish, and they seem to hold up well. Next time your at the store, check out some cars with painted aluminum wheels. IMO, they hold up better than polished and brushed wheels with clearcoat, because those wheels tend to show corrosion after a couple years.Del Solstice said:Has anyone had any exprience with painted wheels? I only ordered them because I thought they would match the windshield surround. If they are going to chip and look like hell in a year or two, I think I will change my order while I still can.
SNOW TIRES I guess you dont plan on keeping yours long.Ex-Miata Man said:I ordered the painted wheles like you did. I will use the difference I saved to buy a set of custom chrome rims to run during good weather and keep the painted wheels for mounting my snow tires.
Not to dispute, but in my neck of the woods we see as much salt on the roads as anywhere, and painted wheels hold up very well. I have seen 10 year old stock painted wheels that are still in good shape. A polished wheel that is clearcoated would have long since corroded up. Factory chrome tends to last too, especially from GM.Delnari said:Painted wheels will hold up for a good while in nice weather. If you get snow and they salt the roads often then they tend to peel quickly.
Ex-Miata Man said:I ordered the painted wheles like you did. I will use the difference I saved to buy a set of custom chrome rims to run during good weather and keep the painted wheels for mounting my snow tires.