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Old 05-14-2024, 03:13 PM   #1
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2015 Sendel 16" Wheels with Filiform

I replaced my 15" wheels and tires with 16" Sendel wheels and Michelin tires in 2015. I inspected the wheels prior to mounting, refused two for finish defects, and waxed them with Collinite Insulator Wax (highly recommended in car circles for durability) prior to having the tires mounted. Within a year or two, first the curbside wheels and later the roadside wheels started developing filiform corrosion. Now, 8 years since new, they are so ugly as to make me want to replace them.


I see Sendel Wheels and Hi-Spec wheels at similar ages that still look like new. What is the secret to their longevity that I managed to miss? New wheels are about the same price as having mine reconditioned. I'm considering trying to mechanically strip the old finish off and re-clearcoat them but it's a lot of work.


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Old 05-14-2024, 04:41 PM   #2
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My suggestion is to live with it. That's what I do with my similar vintage Sendels. It only bothers me when I'm checking the tire pressure, which is rare because I use a TPMS. And I get over it quickly. It's a losing battle, so jut live with it.
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Old 05-15-2024, 05:26 AM   #3
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This is a fairly common occurrence. You have basically 3 choices:

Live with it
Buy new ones (will eventually appear again)
Have them refinished (less cost than new, but will eventually appear again)

Truck has it, both cars have it, older trailer had some level of it and newer trailer also has it and it is only 3.5 years old.
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Sadly, the days of chrome that takes forever to rust, paint that last longer than the car, etc.. is long gone. If your wheels lasted 8-9 years, you're lucky. Go look at the wheels on some very high-end cars from 2015, they have the same problem. Between the federal government outlawing certain things, to business cutting cost every possible way, you have what you have. A buddy of mine has a 2007 Ford truck of which the paint has failed, tough the 1967 Ford with original paint still looks new after a wax job. It's not going to get any better.
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I have same problem and just step back 10 feet and they look fine.
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Did I write this? The exact same events and dates happened with my wheels as well. I'm disappointed but just living with it.
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Old 05-15-2024, 09:50 AM   #7
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Airforums has a feature that lists similar posts. It brought up my post from 2019. I actually bought the wheels in 2014. In that post I mentioned that I made the same post a year or more before. Also, in that post, I mentioned that a friend had HiSpec wheels the same age as mine and they still looked new.

I guess the answer is to live with it or bite the bullet and buy new ones.

Thanks, all, for the comments.


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Airforums has a feature that lists similar posts. It brought up my post from 2019. I actually bought the wheels in 2014. In that post I mentioned that I made the same post a year or more before. Also, in that post, I mentioned that a friend had HiSpec wheels the same age as mine and they still looked new.

I guess the answer is to live with it or bite the bullet and buy new ones.

Thanks, all, for the comments.


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I just had internal sensors placed on my rims and I saw "Made in China" and these were the factory supplied Sendel rims. Those three words say it all, cheap, cheap, cheap.

If you take them to a place that specializes in refurbishing, they will strip down the rims, coat them properly and provide as much protection as one can expect, understanding they eventually may do it again, may really depend on if debris hits them and damages the coating. Refinishing could cost less than a new rim, depending on what you have them do, but I promise that anything you get out of China is just garbage.

https://www.utires.com/articles/refi...wheel-chicago/

https://www.discounttire.com/learn/r...ir-refinishing

https://www.awrswheelrepair.com/
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