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when i was Rejexing my car a couple of weeks ago i decided to do the rims also. i noticed one of the rims had a nice clear coat of paint on it and the other 3 were just a flat silver with a slight ruff texture. so i was wondering which rim is correct or possible the one may have been replaced or repaired.

which is correct
 

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The clear coat wheel is correct. Stock alloy wheels are powdercoated, it’s a tough finish with a nice shine.

However, brake dust is kryptonite. Leave brake dust on for too long and it will “pit” the finish, leaving that rough feeling behind even after thorough cleaning. Contaminants (petrol, road grime, sun exposure, stone chips, etc) can also degrade the finish.

A decent wheel shop can make them shiny again for maybe $70/wheel...Or heck, go with a whole new colour!
 

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The powdered coated, wheels don't have a clear coat. They shine from if from the coated paint. Heated brake dust eats the finish, off them. Leaving pits, brown burnt in coating. If not kept clean. Bake in. The Polish alloy ones are clear coated. The clear coat, starts to fail on them. Salt, tire changing, rock chips, peeling of the clear coating. Those issues, left bare, uncoated , leads deteriorate of the alloy finished.

Like Neon mentioned. All types of alloy wheels, can be refinished. $100-150 buck, new again.
 
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