Today we are looking at some new Enkei wheels we've added!
Is Chrome Dead?
I am pleased to announce after a ten year run chrome plated wheels are officially uncool. At least in the West Coast. Chrome plating and the West Coast just don’t mix.
Our climate loves to kill chrome. Salt and water are the perfect catalysts to start the pitting and peeling that comes with chrome wheels running through our winters. Most car manufactures have learned this lesson the hard way and now offer their chrome wheels as plastic cladding not plating. This is a step up from a hubcap but not much of one.
Customers are moving away from chrome and into diamond cut and satin paint finishes. Ironically some of the first custom wheels in the early 80's were finished the same way. Some of you might remember the first generation of Fittipaldi, Enkei or Momo wheels. Paint finish and quaility of clearcoats was of parmount importance, not a layer of tinfoil wrapped around your wheel.
Chrome is now used a an accent on wheels. Chromed stainless steel lips and windows are a good example. The plating bonds to stainless steel and plastica offering a much lower maintenance cost compared to chromed aluminum.
For some hot new trends in wheel finishes check out:
Leave the chrome for the gansters..
After watching countless brands of wheels come through our showrooms over the years no new lineup has created as much buzz as Vertini. They offer a decent range of styles normally found in wheels twice their price. The fit and finish of the wheels are excellent with most offering a polished face with a premium grade of lacquer.
The multi piece look is achieved by using a chrome stainless steel lip. Normally, I would shy away from chrome but chrome on stainless has shown remarkable durability and ease of maintenance. Lip depth varies by model and Vertini offers many different staggered fitments to enhance the depth of the rear wheel.
Pricing starts at just over $231.99 Canadian per wheel making Vertini an affordable upgrade for many owners of fine automobiles.
Check out our Vertini lineup here or visit Vertini's site (Vertiniwheels.com) for more information.