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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2011 Malibu LT which came with OEM 17" Chrome Clad rims. I am not a big fan of the flashy style....and recently I curbed one of them (Chrome Clad is now peeling/flaking off exposing plastic looking interior).

Question: is there a process to strip/remove the Chrome Clad finish then refinish more like OEM "Machine Faced" alloy rims?
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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

We need a pic please. There were several different chrome clad 17" wheels. Do you have black plastic caps over your lug nuts or chrome acorn lug nuts?


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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

Thanks for the reply 09LT2. Attached are a few pics of the damaged wheel I took today. In speaking with the local Chevy dealership, they confirmed the Chrome is "glued"....if that makes sense.



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Ouchie! Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

They mean that the Chrome part is plastic that is glued on to the wheel.
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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

As far as I know there isn't any way to repair that. You might be able to find a wheel repair professional locally and see what they have to say.

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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

No way to fix it that I know of. They would have to somehow remove the whole plastic cover and install a whole new one. The wheel underneath probably doesn't look nice, and it would be covered in hardened glue.


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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

thanks to all for the replies. Will continue my quest! If anyone can suggest a well-known online OEM rim reseller, please let me know. Thanks
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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

Search craigslist and ebay. I saw a set of 17" oems for $400
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Re: Refinishing 17" Chrome Clad rims?

they are hubcaps. u can buy replacements online. ebay has OEM sets...no luck in repairing them...probably not worth it
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