Picking out custom wheels may seem like an overwhelming decision, especially if you don’t really know what you’re doing. To give yourself a confidence-boost, weigh the benefits of chrome and PVD wheels. First off, in case you weren’t aware, PVD stands for “Physical Vapor Deposition.” In appearance, it’s a high-shine powder coating 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 public, chrome still has the edge. Here, we’ll tell you what each has to offer so you can make a more informed decision for yourself and your ride.
A Breakdown of PVD Rims
There’s a lot to like about PVD wheels. For one, they can weigh as much as 2-3 lbs less 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 like Moto Metal MO963 Dually Wheels (pictured) can also be used year-round, requiring only basic cleaning with soap and water. This is especially important to consider in inclement climates, like those of the Midwest or East Coast. During the winter, it’s common for Magnesium Chloride and salt to be used on roads. Unfortunately, not only does this eat away at snow, but also plated chrome. In these conditions, it’s recommended that chrome-plated wheels be removed. In this area, PVD would have an advantage.
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. This also means that, three seasons out of the year, they’re stronger than PVD.
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. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out this article.
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