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Brake Dust may have contributed to the difference in wear. AR has had complaints as being low quality; but then again, everybody has had that complaint from somebody.
 

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hit it with some light grit steel wool... should clean most of it off


iono if its just me, but looks like you dont clean them wheels lol
 

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Are you sure the wheels are chrome? They really look like polished aluminum to me.
 
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Before using any abrasives, try a chrome polish liquid. Turtle Wax makes a cheap one that does a very good job of cleaning tarnish and light oxidation on metals. It does not contain any abrasive compound and I even use it on chrome plated plastic. Try something like that first. If that doesn't work, you're only out a couple $$ and your wheels aren't damaged any more than they are. Then you may move to something more invasive.
 

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Are you sure the wheels are chrome? They really look like polished aluminum to me.
They do, huh? But I think it's tarnished steel. If that was billet aluminum I think he'd be complaining about "expensive wheels" being messed up. :dunno:
 

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That is not a Steel Wheel. Wrong contours, much too thick for steel. I am pretty sure it is a Cast Aluminum (not Billet, which is a Forged Aluminum) with a Polished or Chrome Finish, same as my old MB Razor Rims. I got my old rims for just $103 on sale at tiresdirect. Model and Price paid would help identify wheel material and identify correct action and value of pursuing.

UPDATE: Summit Racing list Aluminum (does not state Forged) with Chrome, Painted or Teflon finish choices. Price about $210 each. Forged is generally much higher. So, as his Sig states, it is a Chrome finish, and is Aluminum.

It does not look like Chrome to me, but corrosion/wear may have done that.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ARE-608978582
 

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Then some polish and elbow grease would do a world of good
 

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thats the brake dust causing the pitting on your aluminum wheels
aluminum corrodes his way, pitting
 

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Now you have a reason to get them color-matched powder coated...
 

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They do, huh? But I think it's tarnished steel. If that was billet aluminum I think he'd be complaining about "expensive wheels" being messed up. :dunno:
Chrome flakes, aluminum "bubbles" and goes to powder, just like it looks in the facebook pic the OP posted.

My bet is cleared polished aluminum.
 

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I think the problem is the lack of maintenance!
 

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I think it's a combination of road salt and brake dust, winter was real hard on my wheels, in summer I can clean them every 2 weeks or so but with hoses drained and in for winter and it snowing every few days I have trouble getting to the car wash. I got the black stuff off but the chrome is no doubt bubbling off. I spent over an hour on each wheel and tried everything from truck wheel cleaners, oven cleaner, simple green, CLR etc...ended up getting it off with never dull, what I could...rims are shot.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=8571950&l=9172a0c5e7&id=594616562
 
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