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L.A Wheel And Tire

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 We have been in business since 1999, and have a collective 60+ years of experience in the wheel and chrome plating industry. We sell across the US, best quality finishes on OEM wheels. We do not sell wheels that have been cracked or previously chromed so you can drive on in confidence and safety.

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Chroming, Powder Coat, and WinterChrome™ Processes

Here at L.A. Wheel and Tire, we use state-of-the-art technology, proven methodology, and the best-performing, most environmentally-focused chroming facility in Southern California (a state that also happens to have some of the most stringent environmental policies in the world). From our semi-bright and particle nickels (the most expensive part of chrome plating), to our special anodes that allow chrome to get into all nooks and crannies of the wheel, we spend on average 20-30% more to chrome plate a wheel than just about anyone else out there. That's a difference you can see, and as they say, "seeing is believing."

The processes we use for our three main finishes -- Chrome, Powder Coat, and WinterChrome™ (which includes Black Chrome) -- are detailed below.  Note that in all cases, we use only Factory OEM wheels and rims; aftermarket wheels simply do not have the same standards and safety tests performed on them; we pride ourselves on using only the best quality wheels and materials. Wheels are refinished by us, and not by or for the manufacturer of the underlying wheel.

Chrome

A lustrous, show-quality triple trivalent chrome plated finish.

  • All wheels are individually inspected and placed on a high-speed balancer to make sure they are perfectly straight and round; any wheel that fails this inspection is scrapped.
  • Wheel is stripped and cleaned, leaving a bare, "raw" aluminum wheel.
  • Raw wheel is polished to remove imperfections in the surface of the wheel, and then cleaned in a soap bath to remove any polishing compound.
  • The wheel is placed into two zincate baths to get a uniformly smooth surface, and then is rinsed.
  • Sulfamate nickel is then applied; this is the step most other chroming companies skip, as it is very expensive.  This is one of the primary reasons L.A. Wheel's chrome rims are corrosion-resistant, and allows us to offer a longer warranty than most other companies.
  • After the nickel baths and rinses, chromium is finally applied to give the wheel an amazing mirror finish.  A couple more rinses ensure the wheel comes out shiny and clean, ready to ship to your door step.

WinterChrome™ and Black Chrome

A durable, chrome-like finish that does not fade, color-shift, or corrode.

  • All wheels are individually inspected and placed on a high-speed balancer to make sure they are perfectly straight and round; any wheel that fails this inspection is scrapped.
  • Wheel is stripped and cleaned, leaving a bare, "raw" aluminum wheel.
  • Raw wheel is polished to remove imperfections in the surface of the wheel, and then cleaned in a soap bath to remove any polishing compound.
  • We apply and cure a special wheel grade hybrid powder coat to provide a smooth substrate that adheres to the aluminum in the wheel.
  • The wheel is placed in a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) vacuum chamber for the patented finish process.
  • In the PVD chamber, after evacuating the atmosphere, corrosion-resistant alloy is excited and deposited on the wheel, followed by chrome.
  • An acrylic powder clear coat is added to preserve and protect the finish, and is the key factor in allowing us to warranty WinterChrome and Black Chrome wheels even against corrosion!
  • The wheel is inspected, polished to a high luster, and ready to ship to your door step.

Powder Coat

A durable, highly versatile finish that can run the gamut of glossy and reflective, to textured and matte, and allows for a variety of colors and pin-striping for custom effects.

  • All wheels are individually inspected and placed on a high-speed balancer to make sure they are perfectly straight and round; any wheel that fails this inspection is scrapped.
  • Wheel is stripped and cleaned, leaving a bare, "raw" aluminum wheel.
  • The wheel is prebaked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes to "outgas" impurities, then allowed to cool.  The entire process never brings a wheel over 400 degrees to prevent softening of the aluminum.
  • After cooling down, the wheel is hung on conductive wire, and the colored powder is fogged onto the wheel at low pressure.
  • The wheel is  then baked at 375 degrees to allow for an even application.
  • The wheels cool and have a final DFT coating applied to ensure durability.
  • Finally, the wheels are inspected by a team of powder coating artists and wheel experts, then packed with custom foam inserts to protect them during shipping

 

We didn't reinvent the wheel...
...We just made it look A LOT better!