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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Winter wheels - polished or standard? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; I'm buying an additional set of OEM wheels for my Vagon to throw some Sottos on for winter wheels, since ...
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    Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    I'm buying an additional set of OEM wheels for my Vagon to throw some Sottos on for winter wheels, since I can't find a less expensive option that I like. Apparently, the polished and non-polished wheels cost the same, so I'm leaning towards the polished, but I'm wondering how they'd hold up in the winter salt and muck. Would the nonpolished resist the salt better? Any thoughts?

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    I have 2 sets of polished. This will be my second winter in Chicago. My winter rims look as good as my summer set.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Ditto for Wisconsin.......

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Can you get the OEM Satin Graphite wheels at the same price as the other two types?
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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    I would imagine the polished wheels are clearcoated. So both really are painted wheels. And both will resist salt about a million times better than chrome wheels. I'd suggest you buy what you prefer, and just try to clean them rather frequently in the winter to minimize the salt damage (a good idea for the underside of the car, too).

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurora40 View Post
    I would imagine the polished wheels are clearcoated. So both really are painted wheels. And both will resist salt about a million times better than chrome wheels. I'd suggest you buy what you prefer, and just try to clean them rather frequently in the winter to minimize the salt damage (a good idea for the underside of the car, too).
    Granted I don't live in the cold north, I agree with what you just said.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Thanks for the responses, all! I'm going to go with a set of the polished wheels. I'm guessing the graphite would be more expensive, and I'm personally not a fan of the graphite with thunder grey, anyway.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Don't mean to hijack thread, but I have a set of polished OEM wheels off my 2010 sedan if your interested. They were on the car for less than 500 miles and are in great shape

    $1000 for the set

    I tried to post the link to the add that I placed in the classified section, but I do not have enough posts. You can find the add on the 4th or 5th page of the classified section
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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    That is a steal! What about center caps?

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Sorry no center caps, I swapped over to painted wheels and reused them.

    I'm just looking to move them quickly and if I can give a deal to a forum member that would be cool

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Quote Originally Posted by offmango View Post
    Thanks for the responses, all! I'm going to go with a set of the polished wheels. I'm guessing the graphite would be more expensive, and I'm personally not a fan of the graphite with thunder grey, anyway.
    Well I'm in the frozen north and my V is parked for the winter, my experience with the painted wheels on my Cayenne has been excellent so far. They are a breeze to keep clean, I never have to wipe them like my polished V wheels always require, and the brake dust just washes off like nothing, I wish my V wheels were this easy to maintain (even using the armorall protectant). If it were me I'd go painted and try it out, I've been very happy with this setup.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    This is my second Montreal winter with stock polished wheels.
    So far no problems with pitting or corrosion.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    This is my second Montreal winter with stock polished wheels.
    So far no problems with pitting or corrosion.

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    Re: Winter wheels - polished or standard?

    Sorry to hijack again

    But, I have received a few PMs about my set of polished wheels I offered above and do not yet have enough posts to respond. Please email me at jgambill1@gmail.com if interested

    Thanks

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