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My 06 Impala SS wheels have cancer

I love my 06 Impala SS but the factory wheels have gotten so ugly that I don't even wash them when I wash the car. I live in New Jersey so I suspect the damage is caused by salt from the road during the winter. Each year the wheels are worse than the year before.

I can't afford to replace them and was considering painting them when I saw a recent post that mentioned wheel "skins". They would be a perfect solution to my problem. So I search ebay and it shows 16" rims for my car. WTF We all know the car came with 18" wheels and I can't find any skins that match my wheels.

So, my question is does anyone know where I can find "skins" for my stock 5-spoke aluminum wheels or have a recommendation to improve the look of these wheels. As I said, I can't afford to replace them and I'm embarrassed by these ugly wheels.

Thanks - Dennis
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You can always have them refinished by a wheel repair shop.
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Unfortunately, wheel skins aren't available for all wheels. I did a quick search and it doesn't look like skins are available for these wheels.

That being said, I *believe* that this issue is related to the clearcoat peeling. Search for some youtube videos on how to correct the issue.

Another option is to use plastidip to make them black (plastidip is a rubberized "spray paint" that is completely removable). You spray it on just like spray paint, but ou can also just peel it back off if you don't like it. Unfortunately, you're not going to get a nice shiny finish with plastidip, so black is probably your only option (no "chrome' plastidip).

Hope that helps.

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Your problem is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix. Simply strip the clear coat from the wheels, polish the wheels and re-clear coat them.
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Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. Since the car is white I don't think black wheels would look that good. Also, there is some corrosion to the metal in several spots which I'm not able to repair so I don't think DIY is the solution. What I'm going to do is contact a wheel repair shop in my area and get an estimate. (I have my fingers crossed which makes it difficult to type. 8>))

I'm disappointed that I can't just cover them with wheel skins but let's see what the repair shop says.

Thanks again for the input. You guys are great.

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Hey Dennis,

Let me know what you find out. I have an '07 SS with a sore foot also.
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My 09 SS for the most part is ok. One has a little of this around the valve stem but not too bad. Plan on getting different rims and using these for the winter anyway.


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Well I got a quote from a local wheel repair shop where I asked how much to strip the clear coat, polish the metal, then reapply clear coat. The response was $250 per wheel. So right now I'm thinking that if I had $1000 to spend on wheels then I'd probably just buy aftermarket replacements. My problem is I don't want to spend that much on my 10 year old car that has resale value of what, $6,000?

So I guess I'll just continue to wear a disguise when going out or tell people that I borrowed the car from a friend since I'm so embarrassed by the ugly wheels.

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with a little elbow grease and time you could probably scuff them up real well and spray paint them whatever color you wanted for 20 bucks? or prep them and find a local paint shop with some left over paint to pain them for $100. find a painter and see if he does any side jobs.

i prepped my hub caps and spend 8 bucks every two years to repeat the process when it fades out. hilarious how many people think they're mag wheels not hub caps.....

if you decide to go the painted black route, i'd go with a good gloss, just don't look right as matte black on every other car i've seen.

just a thought and my 2 cents.
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Those wheels are super easy to refinish yourself since the face of the wheel is flat. Simply strip the clear, polish and re-clear.
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agreed on the DIY wheel refinishing. Much cheaper to do it yourself and still be proud of your handiwork in the end. And if you mess up, you just do it over again. Means that your whip is gonna be off the road for a day or so while the clearcoat dries.
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