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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Black has and is still my favorite but your setup is a very very very close second. You definitely have ...
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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Black has and is still my favorite but your setup is a very very very close second. You definitely have great taste and a bad ass car.

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Your car is awesome! When I get mine I want to do the same to the wheels and lower it too. Did you start out with polished or painted wheels? And does it matter?

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. This car offers such a great starting point, it's hard to go wrong, whichever way you decide to take it
    Quote Originally Posted by platinum1 View Post
    Your car is awesome! When I get mine I want to do the same to the wheels and lower it too. Did you start out with polished or painted wheels? And does it matter?
    Thanks! I happened to start out with polished wheels--which I normally don't go for, because I thought they went well with the shiny bits and color when I ordered the car. But after I saw and learned what D3 could do with the trim, it changed my whole mindset.

    I don't think the finish you start out with matters, because during the process they get stripped down to bare metal. You cold save a few bucks by going with painted if the opportunity presents itself. There is conjecture that the polished wheels might be "hand-picked" for better surface quality, but that is not a fact I have been able to substantiate.

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Perfect

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Looks good . Im going to do the same, but instead of blacking out the chrome, I may have all the chrome done in black chrome to match the wheels. Great job.

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by GMX322V S/C View Post
    Wheels black chromed using the Goodrich PermaStar chrome process (thanks James/D3 for the recommendation!).
    Again, the car looks sweet.

    I know - stupid question since you've already stated such, but just to confirm that the wheels are black chrome as opposed to smoke chrome. I am considering having this done to my wheels and want to make sure first.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Tony, I honestly don't know the difference between "black" vs. "smoked" chrome. I can see some people use the terms interchangeably and I would regret steering you wrong. All I can say is the finish is lustrous--it's as if you were looking at something black being reflected off a chrome surface, if that makes sense. It's not a darker, shiny yet "satiny"-like finish. For other examples, if you go to calchrome.com, my wheel finish looks just like everything referred to as "black chrome" there, and not their "Fusion Coating."

    I hope this helps. If not, perhaps James at D3 could help you out further.

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by GMX322V S/C View Post
    Tony, I honestly don't know the difference between "black" vs. "smoked" chrome. I can see some people use the terms interchangeably and I would regret steering you wrong. All I can say is the finish is lustrous--it's as if you were looking at something black being reflected off a chrome surface, if that makes sense. It's not a darker, shiny yet "satiny"-like finish. For other examples, if you go to calchrome.com, my wheel finish looks just like everything referred to as "black chrome" there, and not their "Fusion Coating."

    I hope this helps. If not, perhaps James at D3 could help you out further.
    The black chrome on Calchrome is definitely what I want, although I would like to go with Permastar because of their environmentally friendly application process. The price in identical. Permastar has two finishes: black chrome and smoked chrome. I really can't find any pictures on their site that specifically sets the two apart, although I assume both companies probably use "black" to mean the same thing. Maybe. LOL Would James happen to know which finish you used?

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Hey GMX why didnt you also paint the front lip and fog surrounds while you were at it ?

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony407 View Post
    The black chrome on Calchrome is definitely what I want, although I would like to go with Permastar because of their environmentally friendly application process. The price in identical. Permastar has two finishes: black chrome and smoked chrome. I really can't find any pictures on their site that specifically sets the two apart, although I assume both companies probably use "black" to mean the same thing. Maybe. LOL Would James happen to know which finish you used?

    Tony
    Hmm...for the life of me, I cannot find any references to black or smoked chrome on their site--plenty of pictures though. I'm talking about goodrichtechnology.com (permastar.com points to the same place). The process certainly is greener, but the main draw for me was the OEM-quality durability.

    Here's a reference to "smoked" chrome, but from the discussions and pictures, it could be the same PermaStar process: http://www.3si.org/forum/f145/new-sm...3/#post5260451 --the underlying finish of the pipe in that thread is nowhere near the quality of our wheels, so it doesn't appear as lustrous. They talk about it being a powdercoat process that is "almost" chrome. The PermaStar process does start off like a powdercoat process, but the vapor deposition process makes it quite shiny--just like chrome--not kind of, but just like any other black chrome finish I've ever seen.

    James never mentioned any other finish to me. In fact, all I ever specified to him was I wanted "black chrome" and he told me about the Goodrich folks.

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by Razorecko View Post
    Hey GMX why didnt you also paint the front lip and fog surrounds while you were at it ?
    Hmm...I guess I really don't have a problem with how they go with the Thunder Gray and the rest of the theme I came up with. I did have the fog lamp rings painted semi-gloss black, so leaving the surrounds as they were provides a little contrast. If I did paint the surrounds, I'd also feel compelled to paint the splitter as you mentioned, but to carry the theme through, I'd also want to paint the rear lower valence insert, but because I had already decided to paint the mesh back there flat black to match the front grilles, they really would have disappeared...and so on...

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by GMX322V S/C View Post
    Hmm...for the life of me, I cannot find any references to black or smoked chrome on their site--plenty of pictures though. I'm talking about goodrichtechnology.com (permastar.com points to the same place). The process certainly is greener, but the main draw for me was the OEM-quality durability.

    Here's a reference to "smoked" chrome, but from the discussions and pictures, it could be the same PermaStar process: http://www.3si.org/forum/f145/new-sm...3/#post5260451 --the underlying finish of the pipe in that thread is nowhere near the quality of our wheels, so it doesn't appear as lustrous. They talk about it being a powdercoat process that is "almost" chrome. The PermaStar process does start off like a powdercoat process, but the vapor deposition process makes it quite shiny--just like chrome--not kind of, but just like any other black chrome finish I've ever seen.

    James never mentioned any other finish to me. In fact, all I ever specified to him was I wanted "black chrome" and he told me about the Goodrich folks.
    The Goodrich site directed me to another company, Pacific Rims for consumers that want their items chromed. Both companies are on the same street in Pittsburg, CA. I called Pacific Rims and spoke to Dereck there who told me about the two finishes. It's no biggie really. I'm sure I can get it straightened out between James and Dereck so I can get the right finish.

    Tony

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    Re: Lowered, black chrome OEM wheels, blacked-out trim

    Quote Originally Posted by GMX322V S/C View Post
    Hmm...I guess I really don't have a problem with how they go with the Thunder Gray and the rest of the theme I came up with. I did have the fog lamp rings painted semi-gloss black, so leaving the surrounds as they were provides a little contrast. If I did paint the surrounds, I'd also feel compelled to paint the splitter as you mentioned, but to carry the theme through, I'd also want to paint the rear lower valence insert, but because I had already decided to paint the mesh back there flat black to match the front grilles, they really would have disappeared...and so on...
    I can see that happening. I just had mine painted but it works alot differently on a black V than i would imagine on other colors

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