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Road Wheel Coating ?

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Posted by giannoni on February 13, 2007, 10:48 pm

In recent years, my '01 wheels have developed what looks like blisters
which, when scratched away, reveal base material corroding slightly to
some chalky substance. Anyone know what's going on here ? ...

Posted by Tom on February 14, 2007, 3:33 am

Yes.  Someone was smoking in the plating room.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on February 14, 2007, 10:48 pm

The UK Classic Prius' aluminum alloy wheels are well known for having
a bit of corrosion (replaced under their 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to
bumper warranty).  Photos (if you are a member of the Prius-UK
yahoogroup) are available at:

I think I've seen this also on my US 2001 and my mother's US 2002
Prius here in New England.  I haven't gotten around to posting photos

Here are some links regarding alloy wheel corrosion:

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