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Peeling chrome on rims bad?? or good?

Ok say I buy some rims that have some chrome peeling inside the rim, what kind of problems could I expect? would it still hold air?
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RE: Peeling chrome on rims bad?? or good?

Yes the wheels will still hold air. I have found that the brake dust in most European cars have a small amount of acid in them, which tends to eat away the finish on alot of rims. Or in the case of chrome plating it will cause the finish to bubble and peel.
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RE: Peeling chrome on rims bad?? or good?

You could expect the chrome to continue peeling, chrome however has very little if anything to do with tire pressure. The real question would be, is the chrome peeling as a result of structural damage to the wheel or is it simply age, chemical reaction, etc. If there is no physical damage and the wheels are true, rechroming would cost roughly, $125-$200 per wheel. If they're high-end wheels and the price is good it's worth it, otherwise look elsewhere.

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Actually one is allowed per state, I went ahead a regulated this through the supreme court. [:)]
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Advice above conflist with fact Mercedes has specifically issued technical advice prohibiting fitting chrome-plated wheels, actually mentioning leakage problems.

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RE: Peeling chrome on rims bad?? or good?

I have a set of 14" chrome rims on my 83 300SD.
They are peeling badly. One of the tires leaks at the rim edge badly. Some of the other tires need air more often then you would expect. I feel that the chrome peeling is the cause. I am now in the process of replacing these wheels.
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