: How are your optional chrome rims holding up?



teckguy
08-12-13, 06:52 PM
I looked at a lot of cars before purchasing my 06 DTS and almost every one had chrome rims that were flaking on the outer faces. The car I bought with only 40,000 KMS has never seen winter and has perfect chrome but suffered from blistering paint on the middles of the inside of the rims. I just spent the last couple days sanding out any existing paint blisters and re-sprayed the insides with specialized rim paint. Why? I don't want the blistering to eventually intersect the chrome faces and then start the flaking process. What gives with GMs paint/chrome process on these rims?


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Superjim
08-12-13, 08:26 PM
131,000 + on my 2006...
Rims are perfect...
Pictures taken last year....
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http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/superjim1944/Hub%20Bearing/20120408_123151.jpg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/superjim1944/media/Hub%20Bearing/20120408_123151.jpg.html)

teckguy
08-12-13, 09:13 PM
135665

Perhaps road salt is eating them? Here is a car I looked at but did not buy, I saw this over and over again here in Ontario.

Superjim
08-12-13, 09:39 PM
They don't use salt in Texas.... LOL
We don't have much ice and snow down here... :)

teckguy
08-13-13, 07:00 AM
I figured as much LOL

stormnn
08-13-13, 10:10 AM
My rims have some flaking starting but it spent 4 winters in salt before I got it.
Norm

AtlantaGuy00
09-04-13, 12:47 AM
I live in Atlanta. My 2007's rims are perfect at 80,000 miles. They have never once been driven in snow.

Eddie39
09-04-13, 10:23 AM
I bought my DTS in Orange Park, Fl. I notice I was losing air on both tires on left side. The chrome on all four wheels are perfect. I took the car to a tires company and they found corrosion on both wheels where the tire meets the rim. They ground down the corrosion and used a sealer. I've had no other problems since.

cadillac_guy21
09-06-13, 10:07 PM
try 'never dull' , might help the fading or dull look.

jazoo
09-08-13, 07:31 PM
Like few other folks I also live in the south and my Caddy has not seen the snow/sand/salt. I didn't know that GM does such a shabby job during the rims chroming process.

MrZoSo
09-11-13, 08:03 AM
I'm in the north east...Yes, they are a bit pitted on the inside. 07 with 108k

bluescat
09-16-13, 05:58 AM
The rims on my '06 Performance are horrid. Big chunks are peeling off, and I have to have the beads re-sealed every couple months.

Superjim
09-16-13, 12:17 PM
The rims on my '06 Performance are horrid. Big chunks are peeling off, and I have to have the beads re-sealed every couple months.

GM must have had poor quality control control on the wheels...
Some of them give a lot od trouble and some of them don't.

Sorry yours are not holding up well.
I haven't had any trouble with mine.

This pic was taken just a few minutes ago...
They have almost 133,000 miles on them and have never had to be resealed.
They are still in pretty fair shape for being as old as they are.
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http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/superjim1944/Cadillac%20Pics/20130916_105141_zps6b94b550.jpg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/superjim1944/media/Cadillac%20Pics/20130916_105141_zps6b94b550.jpg.html)

jazoo
09-16-13, 05:46 PM
The rims on my '06 Performance are horrid. Big chunks are peeling off, and I have to have the beads re-sealed every couple months.

I guess you have to monitor the tires pressure very frequently. So how much does it cost to re-seal the beads every couple of months? Have you probed the possibility of a permanent solution (i.e., re-chroming the wheels) for a piece of mind unless you are planning to offload your caddy?

Tedk
09-16-13, 07:54 PM
I have a 2008 DTS and also live in Ontario, have 2 rims that are getting chome fleck around the center emblem. 2 rims are in good shape. I have started look around to find a couple replacements if anyone knows of any.

teckguy
09-16-13, 08:34 PM
Bought some used rims from an 03 DTS.. Insides are aluminum....using them for winters on my 06, seemed like better quality back then!! The 06 rims are steel on the inside.


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jazoo
09-19-13, 05:18 PM
[QUOTE=teckguy;10721537]I looked at ........................that were flaking on the outer faces. The car I bought with only 40,000 KMS has never seen winter and has perfect chrome but suffered from blistering paint on the middles of the inside of the rims. ..................What gives with GMs paint/chrome process on these rims?

You mentioned that the car you bought with only 40,000 KM has never seen the winter (snow/salt). You mean to say that you acquired your vehicle from the sunny south or you have recently moved to Greater Toronto Area. So, where did the blisters come from?

tjwhite721
09-19-13, 09:54 PM
The bottom line is they don't make them like they used to. I don't have Chromes with my DTS, but my old 99 SLS had Chrome wheels that looked brand new with 194k miles on them. I have Alloys on my DTS and I'm looking to buy new wheels cause the corrosion on these things just kills me. Maybe I can buy old 70's Cadillac hubcaps for them. They would probably last longer. lol.

teckguy
09-19-13, 10:24 PM
Inside blisters were stone chips.... Yup 40k from a 92 year old... Garage stored all winter and is absolutely perfect shape... Not a scratch or dent.....inside smells like new to.... Nicest used car I've ever owned.


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