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Care and cleaning tips for wheels / rims and different finishes
  • Reasons to Buy Chrome Wheels

    Blur magnesium alloy wheel or mag wheel or max wheels of CarChrome wheels are a popular choice for any type and style vehicle. There are different types and styles for these aftermarket add-ons, making it a great opportunity to customize your vehicle. Chrome is offered for both Original Factory Wheels and Aftermarket wheels. Here are some great reasons why you should consider getting some.

    Are you thinking about getting chrome wheels?
    We not only chrome the face of the wheel, we dip the entire wheel in the chrome. Chrome wheels are highly desirable for their aesthetically pleasing effect.

    How do chrome wheels look different?
    Chrome wheels are shiny due to the nature of the chrome metal applied to the surface. The chrome reflects light so the wheels produce an eye-catching effect. This look is often used to compliment high-end, luxury vehicles and is a stylish option that differentiates luxury automobiles from more everyday vehicles.

    Factory wheels range from “14 to “22 depending on what will fit to the specifications of the vehicle.  Of course if you would like to go bigger you can always look in to Aftermarket wheels that can go up to “28 and these can come in many different styles and finishes. Many wheels fit many cars, it all depends on the fitment of the car, just because one wheel comes stock on one vehicle does not mean it would not fit on a different car.

    They modernize older or classic cars
    As well as being a luxury add-on, chrome wheels are also used to modernize older cars. Car wheels are often a giveaway for a car’s age and chrome wheels are a great way to spruce up and modernize an older car for a relatively low cost.

    Chrome wheels can improve the look of a car
    Chrome wheels are all about aesthetics. Keep in mind that chrome wheels are easily scratched and corroded if not taken care of. They are also not weather proofed. We offer PVD, which helps, but chrome wheels are not hard wearing.

    Ultimately, however, it comes down to the design possibilities; they allow car owners to customize their vehicles in a simple way that expresses their personality.

  • Best Car Cleaning Tips

    Car WashA simple squeegee rinse every two weeks when you fill up for gas is not enough to keep your car looking its best.  To keep a car's exterior sparkling, you must have a combination of the right equipment, product, hard work, and patience to do the process correctly.

    The most important thing to start with is a cool rinse of water.  Rinsing removes dirt and grime without the help of soap and scrubbing, and can help the soap clean more effectively.

    The next step is to slowly soap and wash your car, preferably by hand, in sections around the exterior of the car.  Go slowly to ensure all the nooks and crannies are covered —some of the hardest spots are inside the wheel spokes, the very bottom trim and underneath it, and the top parts of the car that are hard to reach.

    Once your car has a layer of soap on it, it is time for another rinse.  Take your time and be sure to get all the soap off because any remaining soap can stain and ruin your car's finish.  Since you will be circling and getting up close with your car during this process, this is a great time to look for any scratches or marks.  You can also take the opportunity to remove old bumper stickers, parking passes, national park stickers, and anything else that is no longer needed.

    Drying should be done, again, preferably by hand.  Avoid letting your car air dry completely, as the water can pool and cause rust or create water stains on your car's finish.  A high quality water absorbing shammy is preferable to a regular towel, due to the amount of moisture that will be absorbed throughout the process.  The shammy will also last longer and be easier to ring out when you are finished.

    Waxing is optional, but highly encouraged.  Find a high quality wax that will last several months and be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle or package to the T.  Failure to apply wax correctly can ruin the exterior of your car and its paint job.

    Follow these simple best practices and tips and you will have a great looking car rolling down the road for years to come!

  • Warning Signs You Need New Tires

    Flat TireThey’re the first point of contact between your vehicle and the road.  Your tires are key to keeping you, your passengers, and other drivers out on the road safe.  But if you don’t check your tires regularly, you could be setting yourself up for an accident.

    Below are some tips to help alert you to when you need new tires; and could help to keep your vehicle, you, and your passengers safe.

    Shallow Tread Depth
    Shallow tread depth is the number one sign for changing your tire. You must ensure that the tread depth never goes below 1.6 mm. You can easily check the tread depth of your tire by using a professional gauge. Don’t have one? Then you can determine the tread depth by using a penny.  Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you.  If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, then your tread depth is less than 1.6mm and needs to be replaced.

    Sidewall Cracks
    Cracks are one of the major warning signs that suggests you need new tires. The cracks can be due to the bulge at the side of the tires, which can lead to a serious blowout. You should examine your tires periodically to see if there are any cracks or cuts in the sidewalls. Whenever you find any similar problems, you must change the tire to avoid potential incidents.

    Bulges or Blisters
    Bulges or blisters are very dangerous warning signs for your tires. These flaws indicate that the outer surface of your tire has started to weaken. If you notice this type of issue, you should replace your tire immediately, as it can lead to a serious accident.

    Excessive Vibration
    Excessive vibration is one of the most common reasons for replacing a tire. Every car has a certain limit of vibrations. If you drive your car regularly, you can easily differentiate between the usual and excessive vibrations. The excessive vibration can be caused due to a number of reasons. However, only a few of them are related to the tires. Nonetheless, whenever you feel that the vibration is more than the normal range, you should always take your car to a professional to ensure that the tires are balanced and aligned appropriately.

    If you notice any of these warning signs in your tire, you should contact a professional and see to it that the tire is replaced.

  • How to Choose the Best Chrome for Your Car

    TiresChrome wheels are perfect for you if you have to drive through the elements. They are anti-corrosive, which means that they are free from being rusty. Moreover, they can enhance the look of any vehicle. More specifically, they have the ability to make your old car look pretty cool! But, before you purchase them, you need to understand which type of chrome wheel is perfect for your car.

    This article will help you choose the best chrome for your car.

    Types of Chrome Wheels

    In order to understand which chrome wheel will be perfect for your car, you need to have a clear idea of the different types of chrome wheels. Basically, there are two types of chrome wheels. The first one is the Standard Chrome Plated wheel, while the second one is the PVD Chrome wheel.

    The Standard Chrome Plated wheel is the typical shiny wheel that you have noticed in various custom cars. As the name suggests, the wheel is being plated with chrome before being plated with Nickel.

    The second type of wheel is “PVD”, which stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. It is a powder coated wheel, which is less shiny than the Standard Chrome Plated wheel.

    Which One You Should Choose?

    The Triple Chrome plated wheel adds a shine to your car. We use state-of-the-art technology, proven methodology, and the best-performing, most environmentally-focused chroming facility.  From our semi-bright and particle nickels (the most expensive part of chrome plating), to our special anodes that allow chrome to get into all nooks and crannies of the wheel, we spend on average 20-30% more to chrome plate a wheel than just about anyone else out there. That's a difference you can see, and as they say, "seeing is believing."

    The PVD chrome wheel is lighter than the Triple Chrome Plated wheel, which assists in reducing the rotating mass. PVD also helps against corrosion due to salt from the ocean or salted roads in the winter months. So, if you are living in wet regions or drive through conditions that are rough on your car PVD would be a great choice. Moreover, it can be used in all types of weather throughout the whole year. It doesn’t look as shiny as its counterpart, but that can enhance the look of your car.

    If you are looking to enhance the look of your car, then go for the Triple Chrome Plated wheel. But if you are looking to purchase a high performance wheel that can be used in any type of weather, try the PVD Chrome Wheel. If you have any questions, you can always call us and we’ll help you find the right chrome for your car!

  • L.A. Wheel and Tire Repairs, Refinishes and Re-chromes Wheels

    Wheel Repair & Refinishing Wheel Repair & Refinishing

    Do you have wheels flat spots?  Is the finish peeling off?  Is your chrome looking more like dirty bong water than a mirror-like sheen?

    Never fear!  L.A. Wheel and Tire is here!

    Okay, so maybe we're not super heroes, but when we get your wheels all cleaned up and redone, you'll be thanking your lucky stars that we came along to save the day!  We can take flat spots out, repair curb rash, bring back that polished silver look as if your wheels came straight from the factory, or even redo the chrome plating so your wheels have that lustrous, shiny look that they deserve.

    You don't have to be local to Los Angeles to get your wheels fixed up.  Call us and we'll let you know all about how we can save you money on shipping through Discounted Shipping Labels.

    So if you need wheel repairs / refinishing / re-chroming,
    contact L.A. Wheel and Tire today!

    1-800-584-2832

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  • WinterChrome Care Tips

    WinterChrome Finish WinterChrome Finish

    WinterChrome™ might have the word "Chrome" in its name, but it's very important that people treat it as a totally different material of finish when cleaning their wheels.  Plain and simple, you CANNOT use the same wheel care tips for WinterChrome™ wheels, whether they are Black WinterChrome or SnowChrome™.  On the flip side of that, WinterChrome™ is also easier to clean, so that's a good thing!

    So, let's set the record straight and tell you what you CAN do to keep your WinterChrome™ wheels looking all sexy and shiny!

    What you need:

    • A non-abrasive sponge or similar material.
    • Mild soap mixed with warm water. This is the biggest change from chrome or other finishes where you might use metal polishes.  With WinterChrome™, you just want to apply mild soapy water, and then rinse it off.
      • Alternately, you can use car wash-safe cleaners (Mothers brand makes this stuff, and there's probably a bajillion others out there).
    • Micro-fiber towel.

    How often:

    WinterChrome™ is much more durable than standard chrome finishes, but we still recommend cleaning your wheels every two weeks.  Quality time with your sexy new bling-bling is well worth it, even if it makes your wife jealous.

    Instructions:

    1. Follow the instructions on whatever car wash cleaner you are using.  Remember that it's INCREDIBLY DAMAGING to your WinterChrome™ finish if you use things like abrasive dish detergents, metal polishes, or anything other than a car wash cleaner.
      • If you're not using a specific cleaner, just put some mild soap in warm water.
    2. Apply whatever cleanser you're using with your sponge, then rinse it off.
    3. Dry the wheels with a microfiber towel.

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  • Powder Coated Wheel Care Tips

    Lamborghini with Black Powder Coated wheels Lamborghini with Black Powder Coated wheels

    Like chrome wheels, Powder Coat wheels don't require expensive commercial cleaners or compounds to stay in great condition.  As long as they are cleaned regularly -- see our related article for general wheel care tips -- you can pretty much just use some mild soap and water and call it a day.

    Here's how it works:

    What you need:

    • Microfiber towel.
    • A soft sponge.
    • Dawn dish detergent liquid.
    • Hot water, preferably in a bucket, because holding it in your hands won't help.
    • Water hose (preferably one that doesn't shoot at 1200 PSI).

    How often:

    At least once every two weeks. The longer you wait, the harder it is, and the more likely brake dust or road salts can wreak havoc on your wheels.  Consider doing it once a week just to make sure you're spending some quality time with your new wheels...they'll love you for it!

    Instructions:

    1. Use the water hose to spray off the loose dirt and debris from the wheel. Don't go full blast or use a firehose if you truly value the powder coat finish!
    2. Take your hot water and put in the bucket. Add 1/2 a cup of the Dawn dish detergent liquid to it for some bubbly cleaning power!
    3. Dip your sponge into the water/Dawn mix, and gently clean your wheels. If the brake dust proves to be stubborn like my Mom, just let the cleaning solution sit on it for a few minutes and sponge it off again.
    4. Rinse the wheels with the water hose. Remember: don't use a firehose. You'll blow your car away. Seriously, though, make sure you rinse from the top down, so dirt and suds wash off of the wheel rather than getting sprayed all up inside and around it.
    5. Dry the wheels with a microfiber towel.
    BMW M3 with Pin Striped Powder Coat BMW M3 with Pin Striped Powder Coat

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  • General Tips for Keeping Your Wheels Clean

    BMW Z4 with L.A. Wheel chrome wheels

    BMW Z4 with L.A. Wheel chrome wheels

    Once the new wheels you bought from L.A. Wheel and Tire are installed, take note of how sexy they look.  And like anything sexy, time and care must be spent to ensure it's a lasting relationship.  With wheels, however, there's always the chance of getting a little dirt or other elements caked on, so you have to make sure you truly show your rims some love.  The best way to do that is by keeping them clean.

    Your brakes can cause dirt or brake dust to essentially cook onto the clear coating of the wheel's finish due to heat generated from friction.  If you allow this to happen often or for long periods of time, refinishing the wheel is the only thing you can do, and that's expensive.  Instead, you should spend time every week or every two weeks -- at the most! -- lovin' those wheels.  Keeping them clean is your chance to protect your investment, and also spend a little quality time with your shiny new purchase!

    The DO's of Wheel Care:

    Apply a coat of wax before you install your new wheels.  It not only protects them, it also makes them easier to clean!  No-brainer, right there.

    Most wheels come with a clear coat or painted finish; wheels from us are either chromed, powder coated, or have PVD finishes that act much like a clear coat.  Washing your wheels with a mild soap and water solution is one of the best ways to protect the finish, and we've even got instructions on how to do it!  Tar and bug removers can also be applied to prevent staining, and waxing the wheels after installation protects them further.

    Clean wheels when they are cool. If soap is applied to a warm (or worse yet, an outright hot) wheel, it could dry on and become resistant to washing off.

    Clean your tires and wheels first, one at a time.  Focus on the wheels separately from the rest of the vehicle to avoid over-spraying them or having some set longer than others with soap or wax on them.

    You need to clean your wheels on a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) basis. Wheels are often the dirtiest part of your car because they are exposed to the elements and brake dust, so don't be all lazy about it.  True love requires a little work,  man!

    The DON'Ts of Wheel Care:

    NEVER allow your wheels and tires to be steam-cleaned. You could ruin your finish entirely, or cause color-shifting and dullness to set in.

    DON'T clean hot wheels; wait until they cool. Dry soap can create film or streaking, and there's nothing cool about that.

    DON'T use household cleaners, detergents, or abrasive cleansers, abrasive cleaning cloths, steel wool pads, or polishing compounds.  There is one exception: some chrome care kits (such as one that L.A. Wheel and Tire sells) contain metal polishes and metal protector compounds that can be applied to chrome wheels, but you still don't want to use those on other finishes (WinterChrome™, Powder Coat, Hybrid, etc.).

    DON'T use any tire cleaners on your wheels.  Remember: wheels and tires may be in our company's name, but they are two TOTALLY different things.

    BEWARE OF AUTOMATIC CAR WASHES. These guys use super-heated and sometimes even acid-based cleansers that can kill your wheels' finish.  Ask the employees or a manager if the car wash is safe for your finish, but assume the answer is going to be "No" most of the time.  Clean the wheels yourself; it's not that hard, and gives you some time alone to appreciate the new love of your life!

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  • Chrome Wheel Care Tips

    Dodge Viper with L.A. Wheel chrome rims Dodge Viper with L.A. Wheel chrome wheels

    While there are specific commercial cleaners available to keep your chrome wheels looking the best they can be -- we recommend our L.A. Wheel and Tire Chrome Care Kit (contact us  to get one!)-- there's still the challenge of ensuring brake dust is cleaned off before these are applied, because the dust can cause pitting or scratching.  Here's a simple, cheap way to keep your chrome in good shape to ensure the brightest shine and best protection for your chrome before you use your chrome care kit.

    What you need:

    • Microfiber towel - which comes in our Chrome Care Kit, by the way.
    • A soft sponge.
    • Dawn dish detergent liquid.
    • Hot water, preferably in a bucket, because holding it in your hands won't help.
    • Water hose (preferably one that doesn't shoot at 1200 PSI).

    How often:

    At least once every two weeks. The longer you wait, the harder it is, and the more likely brake dust could pit or scratch the chrome finish.  Always do this before applying the Metal Polish and Metal Protector that comes in the L.A. Wheel and Tire Chrome Care Kit.

    Instructions:

    1. Use the water hose to spray off the loose dirt and debris from the wheel. Don't go full blast or use a firehose if you truly value the chrome finish!
    2. Take your hot water and put in the bucket. Add 1/2 a cup of the Dawn dish detergent liquid to it for some bubbly cleaning power!
    3. Dip your sponge into the water/Dawn mix, and gently clean your wheels. If the brake dust proves to be stubborn like my Mom, just let the cleaning solution sit on it for a few minutes and sponge it off again.
    4. Rinse the wheels with the water hose. Remember: don't use a firehose. You'll blow your car away. Seriously, though, make sure you rinse from the top down, so dirt and suds wash off of the wheel rather than getting sprayed all up inside and around it.
    5. Dry the wheels with a microfiber towel... [shameless plug alert!] just like the one that comes with our Chrome Care Kit! [end shameless plug alert!].
    6. Smile and nod as you look at that sexy chrome wheel.

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    Looking to purchase wheels in custom finishes?

    Call us TODAY!  1-800-584-2832

    Or visit www.LAWHEEL.com

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    Questions, comments, concerns?  Hit us up in the comments below!

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