I have an 08 250 which I got back in February. The car was from up around Lake Michigan which I am thinking might be part of the problem due to terrible winters with a lot of salt on the roads but the finish on the wheels is bubbling and peeling all over the place. Does anybody else have this same problem or is this something strange? Also, what would people suggest to do as a relatively cheap fix? I thought about trying to peel it all off and paint them but the metal underneath is very pitted and not smooth. I could get them refinished for $95 a wheel but I would rather wait until my tires wear out and I will buy XXR 530s with new tires. Until then, I would like an easy fix to this problem if anybody has one.
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P.S. I did plastidip them "aluminum" colored with a metallic flake on it to make them look close to stock color but cover up the dark spots where it has peeled. However, you can still see a color difference.
I haven't heard this regarding IS, but have heard this regarding other cars that are written in extreme winter situations related to salt. Your answer here may depend on how many 08 250 drivers are here from the Northern parents of the United States and Canada in General.
Thats what I was thinking but I did not know if maybe it was a problem with the wheels in general. I have never seen that happen before but then again I live in the heart of the midwest so I do not have the same problems.
Newbie here. I picked up a 2010 IS350C in April. It had factory 18" 5 spoke alloy wheels, but the original Arizona dealer decided to have them chromed. The car ended up here in Minnesota through dealer trades and I bought it. Unfortunately the chrome is peeling badly. Not from the winters here as it hasn't been through one, but just from a poor chrome finish. I'm working on replacing them. Lexus is offering me a dealer credit even though the car is out of warranty.
That's pretty good of Lexus to do that. For a more durable finish, you can get the wheels sandblasted and powdercoated. Locally for me, most powdercoaters charge around $330 to $450 for a single stage coat on a set of 18" wheels.