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Old 01-29-2018, 05:50 PM
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IMHO, black centers, with a polished or chrome rims, is a COMPLETELY different story. They look
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:00 AM
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Black rims are a younger generational thing. I'm old school, which is why I like chrome...
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:09 PM
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I'm old school and "Chrome" is LAME!
First thing I did when I got my 08Z w chrome wheels was SELL THEM! No, I did not get Black wheels... To each his own...


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Black rims are a younger generational thing. I'm old school, which is why I like chrome...
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:11 AM
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I'm old school and "Chrome" is LAME!
First thing I did when I got my 08Z w chrome wheels was SELL THEM! No, I did not get Black wheels... To each his own...

No chrome, no black, what did you get?
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:19 AM
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Black wheels rarely need to be cleaned...and if you curb a wheel it's really easy to just touch up and you ll barely ever be able to find the damage...

I like both high polished and black rims...in fact my snow winter rims are a grey Oem wheel and my summer rims are black...

I like switching for the various seasons and changing the look...

I used to have polished rims but the potholes did them in
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by JerriVette View Post
Black wheels rarely need to be cleaned...and if you curb a wheel it's really easy to just touch up and you ll barely ever be able to find the damage...

I like both high polished and black rims...in fact my snow winter rims are a grey Oem wheel and my summer rims are black...

I like switching for the various seasons and changing the look...

I used to have polished rims but the potholes did them in

I can absolutely see why black wheels rarely need to be cleaned, it's almost impossible to tell if they're dirty or clean...they always look dirty to me even if they're clean...
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:41 PM
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Black wheels do not photograph well. In person I get a lot of complements from many non car people.

Every time I photograph? Had to see ..

I like polished aluminum look too...and the grey wheels are not bad looking either..

I rotate the wheels twice a year so I get to enjoy differing looks..

I can appreciate each.

I will say...get a nick on the black wheels and man is it easy to hide with a little touch up paint that I had in the garage for my black corvette...

I personally find chrome a little to difficult to repair as a daily so I've avoided them on my corvette...they look nice though as well.

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Old 02-01-2018, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by JerriVette View Post
Black wheels do not photograph well. In person I get a lot of complements from many non car people.

Every time I photograph? Had to see ..

I like polished aluminum look too...and the grey wheels are not bad looking either..

I rotate the wheels twice a year so I get to enjoy differing looks..

I can appreciate each.

I will say...get a nick on the black wheels and man is it easy to hide with a little touch up paint that I had in the garage for my black corvette...

I personally find chrome a little to difficult to repair as a daily so I've avoided them on my corvette...they look nice though as well.

Enjoy

Chrome repair? I've found chrome to be very durable, unless we're talking curb rash, and there isn't any finish I know of that can stand up to that, so it's best to stay away from curbs. Chrome is also easy to clean, but I can also see the ease of touching up black wheels too...each finish has it's pros and cons...
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Back in the day, 70's and 80's for me, when you were tricking out your rod, you slapped on a set of Cragar Super Sports/Keystone Classics. What finish were they? Chrome damnit, chrome! We can't forget our roots. Hot rods were born with chrome and should have shiny wheels such as chrome, polished aluminum, silver, etc.. Black wheels are fine if that's what you want but not me, can't forget my roots.
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Back in the day, 70's and 80's for me, when you were tricking out your rod, you slapped on a set of Cragar Super Sports/Keystone Classics. What finish were they? Chrome damnit, chrome! We can't forget our roots. Hot rods were born with chrome and should have shiny wheels such as chrome, polished aluminum, silver, etc.. Black wheels are fine if that's what you want but not me, can't forget my roots.



For me, back in 1972, when I bought my first set of aftermarket wheels, they were Appliance, polished aluminum, "slot mags". I used to polish them twice a month, with Simichrome polish, to keep them "mirror bright"....
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Back in the day, 70's and 80's for me, when you were tricking out your rod, you slapped on a set of Cragar Super Sports/Keystone Classics. What finish were they? Chrome damnit, chrome! We can't forget our roots. Hot rods were born with chrome and should have shiny wheels such as chrome, polished aluminum, silver, etc.. Black wheels are fine if that's what you want but not me, can't forget my roots.
Thatís all fine and dandy on an all steel body car, with matching stainless or chrome trim , head light bezels, side markers, and huge , heavy chrome bumpers ........which the designers of the C5 have thankfully omitted...

So, In my opinion chrome is dated. It does not match the character or flow of the C5.

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Can't we all just get along........?
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My Centennial Edition Grand Sport came with satin black from the factory, and I get complimented on them all the time!




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Old 02-11-2018, 12:58 AM
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I have black w polished faces on my SUV

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Old 03-23-2018, 11:37 PM
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Iíve won several awards with this set up.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:07 AM
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Much happier with this over the chrome wheels that came with the car!
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I have both black wheels for the summer and grey wheels for my winter tires ..

The photos of black wheels are difficult to see but in person it's pretty slick at least with me behind the camera...

As a side note..nick a wheel which can happen with black rims and touch up is easy and can't be seen.

I believe that was the start of the trend in the beginning..
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:57 PM
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Chrome is terrible. It's right there with chrome under hood pieces, chrome bezels, etc, etc. Plus personally I believe it's actually harder to keep looking good than a good powder coat job. Chrome will haze, pit, etc, whereas a strong and properly applied powder coat is going to not only offer a solid layer of protection but most road debris is removed by simply wiping with a shamy cloth. My powder coated black wheels are some of the easiest wheels to clean ever and they look as new as when they were first done.

Corvette owners are quick to throw chrome on everything but then call a Honda owner with a body kit and a spoiler "ricer" and wonder why young people hate Corvette owners...
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Old 04-19-2018, 01:04 PM
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Depends on the overall color scheme. I tend to like the all black wheels on red, orange and yellow cars, chrome on black cars. Lots of times machined accents on black wheels is the look I like the best.
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Old 04-19-2018, 03:20 PM
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Who cares....a nice car is a nice car. Black wheels work very well on certain colors. Same thing with chrome.
Chrome is nice in moderation.....It becomes seriously gaudy very quickly on cars. Black does not.
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