Picking out custom wheels is an overwhelming decision, without having to weigh the benefits of chrome and PVD. First off, in case you weren’t aware, PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. In appearance, it’s a high-shine powder-coat that offers the same appearance as chrome, with a few unique benefits of its own. It’s a popular choice for wheel manufacturers these days, but when it comes to the general motoring public, chrome still has the edge. Here, we’ll tell you why we think chrome is still the stronger choice when upgrading your rims.
A Breakdown of PVD vs. Chrome
There’s a lot to like about PVD wheels, don’t get us wrong. For one, they can weigh as much as 2-3 lbs lighter than their chrome counterparts. This is because the actual media used to coat the wheels weighs far less than traditional chrome plating. Because PVD doesn’t add extra weight to your wheels, this helps decrease rotating mass. This reduction in weight is always good to boost your ability to get up and go!
PVD wheels can also be used in all-weather types, year-round, requiring only basic cleaning with soap and water during your normal car wash. This is especially important to consider in inclement climates, like the Midwest or East Coast. During snowy, winter conditions, it’s common for Magnesium Chloride and salt to be used on roads. This unfortunately not only eats away at snow, but also plated chrome. In these conditions, it’s recommended that chrome-plated wheels be removed.
The Benefit of Chrome Rims
While it’s true that re-plating chrome is difficult and could cost you a pretty penny, it’s definitely worth it in the long run. For starters, when you’re in the market for chrome replacement rims, you enjoy a wider, more reliable variety to choose from. All of our aftermarket chrome wheels have been fashioned from single-piece, lightweight steel alloy, with a forging process that renders them stronger all-around than competitive cast wheels – and leaps and bounds stronger than PVD, three seasons out of the year.
In addition to their sleek and shiny looks, chrome rims are available in a wide variety of spoke designs, sizes, bolt patterns and nut counts, so you’re sure to find chrome wheels, right here, for your ride and style.
As always, every wheel set at AutoAnything is backed by our 1-Year, Lower Price Guarantee and ships free of charge in the continental United States.