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need advice on wheels purchase problem asap.

Hi there. I own a 1998 Chrysler Concorde that I have purchased 18 in chrome Kaizer Phoneix IIs with 245-40-18 Nankang NS-IIs. Paid about $1400 for the set in total and had them shipped to my house. On arrival whe I was checking the wheels, one had a damage spot on the bead. Looks about like a 1/4 pushed in area. Chrome appeared to be cracked slightly. so I called my wheel guy and sent it back to him. He told he ed take care of it. I found out tonight that he has it in a repair shop to get the indentation fixed and the wheel rechromed. Im not too happy with this because the quality of he chrome on the good wheels is superb. But I am doubtful about the rechromed wheel. I havent seen it yet but what should I do? I dont want to be out of line by demanding a new rim, but I also dont want a rim thats gonna look different than the others and have poorer quality finish. Any advice would be great. Thanks and have a nice evening.
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wheel repair has come along way, i think i would express my concerns to him about the quality of the repair, and if you are not satisifed, then ask him for a replacement
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The repair was not a magor structural one. The tire held pressure no other problems arose except the look of the rim being dinged. I spoke with Kaizer, the manufacturer of the wheels and they explained the chroming process they use. They say its a more white chrome. If the repair shop does a different chrom, then it will appear different than the other 3 rims, correct? That I wont sign for on UPSs delivery. I am worried about the quality of the repair as a general concern. I dont have a problem with the fixing of the rim, but I do have a problem with the rechroming of the rim. Thanks for you advice. Any more? Thanks
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Joe,

I recently picked up chromes for my Concorde. They came from a salvaged 300M. One of the wheels has a dimple. Small, but enough to bother me. Prior to installation I went to a few local wheel repair centers. They claimed they could 'pinch' and re-chrome the defective wheel and guarantee it to look as good if not better than the other 3. When they told me how much $$$ it would cost [more than $200], I began to like the dimple.

The technology is there. Look at the wheel when you get it. If you don't like it, ask for a new one.
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From what you guys are responding, I should wait and see the finished repair to make a decision? I just dont want one rim thats going to wear different than the others. One odd rim is not cool. I know to replace the rim alone is about listed at $380. I know its less for a shop but still more than $200 repair. Any other advice would be appreciated. Thx
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Definitely wait before you have to worry.

If it's not up to par, or doesn't match the other 3 right anymore, you should get a new one.
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ok, thanks. Ill see what it looks like then post here probably fri night. I have been lookin for polish too. Went to Pepboys, Advanced Auto parts, Walmart and really didnt find anything. Saw Eagle One Never Dull in the saturated cotton clump form. And Mothers Billet polish, Mother Mag Alum polish, and this stuff called Blue Magic. Comes in a small can like Mothers wax but it a blue wax. Says Chromium on it but what do you thing? Thanks
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Well, another step in the story. The wheel was sent to the chrome shop but they neglected to tell my wheel guy that it would be 2 months before they could get to it. So My wheel guy is sending it back to Cali kaizer headquarters and getting a new one. So I am happy. I get a brand new rim with a warrenty and no bull sh!t. Be here next week. Thanks for the help.
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Been nice if you were notified of this upfront ...you'd be on them 18s sooner. Tell us what you use the clean them [other thread]
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Yeah its been a bit of a patience builder. The rims were totally brand new from Kaizer Motorsports in Cali. All was good until one got banged up somehow on the bead. It held air and stuff but for longivity reasons I sent it back. But yeah the fixing and rechroming, that I wasnt real happy with to begin with, was decided against so Now I get a new rim from Kaizer. So another 5 days shiping to Miami where my rim guy gets it and mounts the rubber, then another day shipping to my place. But its a new rim and the factory warrenty is there so i can wait.

About the wax etc. This is what i am also having trouble with. I dont want to clean them, they are brand new and clean now. I just WANT TO PROTECT THEM with a wax or something. I am about to get turtle wax and layer it on there. Any advice on this. Later
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I highly recommend Zaino products -- NO WAX -- Zaino is a polymer that lasts & protects much better than waxes.

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Where can I get this Zaino? And what are its qualities?
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http://www.zainobros.com

web orders only... check in their instructions for chrome wheels.

they have several products that are usually applied in a sequence (e.g. Z1 then Z2 or Z5 followed by Z6 then repeat Z2 & Z6)

if you have any questions email them and they are very good about replies.

this stuff goes on very easily in superthin coats with great results. I use a small piece of foam as an applicator.
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Thanks alot man. Ill look it up right now. Have a nice day.
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jpe to be honest, i know it too late, but, if you send the rims to a powder coater to be cleared, they will be protected for many, many years to come.

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