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So its my understanding from poking around the net... these are the factory SXL rims?
http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/4-new-member-introductions/81713-2013-sxl-chrome-wheels-sale-650-a.html


http://tirekicker.blogspot.com/2013/03/new-car-review-2013-kia-optima-sx.html


So help me out here... here are mine... will get a better pic, its been raining since we bought it. These are dealer pics.







These are not chrome, which is fine by me... but did someone do this or was it an option? If I did not know any better I would think some one opted to powder coat them in a slightly darker finish... again, not complaining. Maybe they were going for an anthracite? I ask cause 2 of the center caps a hot mess and need replacing. Need to be sure I get the right replacement. Of if mine have been altered, I need to seek a different solution to fix them.
 

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Look power coated or dipped in anthracite to me. Definitely not the super shiny chrome imo. As for the center caps, you can get several different types either from the K5optimastore or from several Korean vendors.
 

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Yes the bright chrome plated wheels are the original. They do look dipped or coated.
 

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I agree with the majority here.

The wheels looks refinished, probably just painted over in bright silver.

The wheels may had some curb damage and was either refinished by the dealer or previous owner.

Looks nice, however if painted the wheel paint may start peeling if the person who done the work did not do a good job at prepping the wheels.
 

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- Agree with everyone here too, seems the same but looks painted or somewhat..
 

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Ok.... thank you. Just wanted to be sure it was not an odd option. Up close they remind me of the ceramic coating on a set of headers i have. Definately does not look like a simple paint job up close.
 

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So confirmed with dealer... these were painted. Looks like there as dome finish failure and previous owner decided to scuff and paint over the chrome. Finish can be scratched off with your nail.. ugh

Dealer say warranty on them is void since po painted regardless of corrosion under that. So to carmax i went.
Asked service department how they handled damaged wheels that come in rashed or damged. Repaint if painted and repairable. Chrome is left as is or wheel replaced. Told him my chtomes were painted and done badly... finish is failing. He swears they would not have pained chrome and if it came that way they would have flagged them for replacement. I showed him the sanding on the chrome and the fact that it scrapped off with a finger nail.

He set an appointment to have the wheel specialist look at them next week! Hoping they can sort out something.

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So car went to CarMax to address the rim situation. According to their Kia rep and wheel specialist... Our rims are not chrome and never were??? WTF... they are a stainless alloy that was bright polished from the factory to mimic chrome. Someone apparently curbed them and attempted the repair the rim edge. In doing so, they messed up the bright work. So to cover it up they poorly painted the rim in a fade. Full paint on edge and fade to no paint at center. It was not prepped properly and never sealing… hence the flat finish and rough texture.

So they said I have 2 options…


  1. they can strip the finish and rework the finish back to a high bright polish… not sure how well that will turn out as there is obvious deep sanding gouges in the edges.
  2. They can strip, properly prep and repaint the correct way and seal…
a. Do the same fade job same color
b. darker color same fade
c.
Paint whole rim solid color

Option 1. Personally I think this will be ridiculous and not come out looking well, esp if they are wrong and these are in fact chrome… Then… this is a daily driver… to keep up with polished rims… OMG! Talk about a lot of work… dull metal looks like poo if not kept up.
Option 2. Currently I actually like the darker wheel. I think if done right they will last longer.
As for fade or no fade… I'm worried the fade will scrape off just like it does now. By nature… you can't really prep the fade as well since the original finish will be showing…aka sanding lines… I worry this will just scratch up as bad as the original…though it is quite cool! :) I almost wish I could see a black edge fade to bright… that might be HOT!

so I'm leaning away from the fade… so now how dark? Spouse says not black. I'm thinking a graphite/charcoal
 

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So car went to CarMax to address the rim situation. According to their Kia rep and wheel specialist... Our rims are not chrome and never were??? WTF... they are a stainless alloy that was bright polished from the factory to mimic chrome. Someone apparently curbed them and attempted the repair the rim edge. In doing so, they messed up the bright work. So to cover it up they poorly painted the rim in a fade. Full paint on edge and fade to no paint at center. It was not prepped properly and never sealing… hence the flat finish and rough texture.

So they said I have 2 options…


  1. they can strip the finish and rework the finish back to a high bright polish… not sure how well that will turn out as there is obvious deep sanding gouges in the edges.
  2. They can strip, properly prep and repaint the correct way and seal…
a. Do the same fade job same color
b. darker color same fade
c.
Paint whole rim solid color

Option 1. Personally I think this will be ridiculous and not come out looking well, esp if they are wrong and these are in fact chrome… Then… this is a daily driver… to keep up with polished rims… OMG! Talk about a lot of work… dull metal looks like poo if not kept up.
Option 2. Currently I actually like the darker wheel. I think if done right they will last longer.
As for fade or no fade… I'm worried the fade will scrape off just like it does now. By nature… you can't really prep the fade as well since the original finish will be showing…aka sanding lines… I worry this will just scratch up as bad as the original…though it is quite cool! :) I almost wish I could see a black edge fade to bright… that might be HOT!

so I'm leaning away from the fade… so now how dark? Spouse says not black. I'm thinking a graphite/charcoal
I have a badly curbed wheel as a spare, they are chrome. Not polished.
 

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That's pretty good customer service considering you purchased the car that way. I agree, go with a solid color. And I would always agree with the spouse! (Plus I'm not a fan of black wheels. lol)
 
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I'm a traditionalist. Bright silver. But i would ask the spouse. That's what I would do. lol
 
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That's pretty good customer service considering you purchased the car that way. I agree, go with a solid color. And I would always agree with the spouse! (Plus I'm not a fan of black wheels. lol)
This is the only way I like black wheels... color keyed to break the rim tire meet up: I painted these on our Montero Sport

 

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So its my understanding from poking around the net... these are the factory SXL rims?
2013 sxl chrome wheels for sale $650


New Car Review: 2013 Kia Optima SX


So help me out here... here are mine... will get a better pic, its been raining since we bought it. These are dealer pics.







These are not chrome, which is fine by me... but did someone do this or was it an option? If I did not know any better I would think some one opted to powder coat them in a slightly darker finish... again, not complaining. Maybe they were going for an anthracite? I ask cause 2 of the center caps a hot mess and need replacing. Need to be sure I get the right replacement. Of if mine have been altered, I need to seek a different solution to fix them.
 
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