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Old 04-30-07, 09:14 AM   #1
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Anyone familiar with a chrome delaminating problem on Lexus rims?

I had a front tire with a slow leak and could not see any damage to the relatively new tire. Went into the tire shop to have it looked after. As soon as I explained the problem to the owner he immediately informed me the problem was chrome delaminating on the rim were the tire bead meets the rim saying that it seems to be a common problem on Lexus and Mercedes chrome rims.

Sure enough when the tire was taken off the rim the interior area of chrome was rough and bubbled up. I verified this with another tire shop. Problem is no one seems to have a solution to the problem.

Has anyone else experienced this problem and found a reasonable fix........?
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Old 04-30-07, 11:27 AM   #2
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buy a new set of wheels. chrome rims will always end up rusting from the inside due to moisture.
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Old 04-30-07, 12:13 PM   #3
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Replace rims every 3 years, kind of a pricey solution and besides the car was at my desert home for most of the time.

There is no indications of rust anywhere except ffor the delamination at the tire rim junction.
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Anyone familiar with a chrome delaminating problem on Lexus rims?

I had a front tire with a slow leak and could not see any damage to the relatively new tire. Went into the tire shop to have it looked after. As soon as I explained the problem to the owner he immediately informed me the problem was chrome delaminating on the rim were the tire bead meets the rim saying that it seems to be a common problem on Lexus and Mercedes chrome rims.

Sure enough when the tire was taken off the rim the interior area of chrome was rough and bubbled up. I verified this with another tire shop. Problem is no one seems to have a solution to the problem.

Has anyone else experienced this problem and found a reasonable fix........?
I didn't know they had a name for it but I have experienced problems with Lexus stock chrome wheels. The chrome has peeled right off my oem chrome wheels. I've seen others with the same issue. Upon close inspection it looks like the wheels were not done with the customary process. The layer of chrome is so thin it's like toilet paper. I'd never order them if I were anyone.
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Old 05-01-07, 11:12 AM   #5
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I'd never order them if I were anyone.
Know what ya mean but the way you said it go me laughing pretty hard
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Old 05-01-07, 11:23 AM   #6
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Know what ya mean but the way you said it go me laughing pretty hard
Believe it or not I did that on purpose. I was trying to lighten it up so that anyone who has stock chrome wouldn't be too offended.
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