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How do I Choose the Best White Rims?

Lori Kilchermann
Lori Kilchermann

When deciding on a set of white rims, there are a few factors that should be considered to ensure that the best wheels are purchased. First, consider the material that the wheel is made of because both steel and aluminum can be used to manufacture white rims. Also, consider if the wheel will be painted, anodized or powder-coated. The finish on white rims will determine the durability, cleaning methods and maintenance routine. Finally, the color or shade of the white rims must be determined, as bright and shiny or dull finishes are wheel options.

The purpose of the vehicle that the white rims will be installed on plays a crucial role in determining which type of wheel to purchase. For a street-driven vehicle, any type of wheel will usually work; however, for a high-performance or racing type vehicle, a light wheel is typically the best choice. Weight is the enemy of speed, so an aluminum wheel is usually desired for any performance usage. The type of material used to manufacture the wheels will affect the type of finish applied to the wheel. While paint and powder coating can be applied to either steel or aluminum, only the aluminum wheel can be anodized.

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If deciding on a steel wheel, powder coating is the more durable finish for white rims. Typically, paint will begin to chip and rust in a matter of weeks when placed in any type of environment where scrapes are common. Powder coating will provide a very durable finish that is resistant to chips and peeling even when the rim is used in a harsh environment. When deciding to powder coat white rims, it is imperative that both the inside and outside be coated to avoid rust from damaging the finish. The bead area is one of particular concern when powder coating a wheel, and care should be taken to get a good coverage in this area.

If aluminum is the chosen wheel material, it is important to note that paint applied to an aluminum wheel is temporary at best. If a durable, long-lasting finish is desired, powder coating is the best choice. Paint can offer an attractive wheel, but it must be covered with a clear coat of lacquer in order to prolong the finish. For most uses, a powder-coated finish on white rims will provide the best finish, durability and ease of maintenance for the owner. This does, however, come with a higher price tag than a comparable set of painted white rims.

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