A polished rim is a bare rim that has been buffed with increasingly softer materials to give it a high metallic shine. In terms of durability and maintenance, polished rims are less fussy then the supermodel chrome variant. Like chrome, polished wheels can come with or without clear coat. The clear coated varieties are definitely easier to maintain as the clear coat will seal the metal from moisture and air. Unsealed rims will need to be washed, waxed and buffed to keep oxidation and rust at bay. It is best to wash them with a non-abrasive, non-acid cleaner solution/water mix.
Gone are the days of boring metal rims. With advances in paint technology, there is a plethora of colors and finishes available. Gloss, matte, powder – these are three of the most popular (and common) finishes. Starting with a prepared rim surface, painted rims are first hit with some primer, then several layers of automotive grade finishing paint (color & style varies) and completed with a protective clear coat. Maintenance is virtually none, apart from the occasional wash. Dealing with curb rash, however, is a bit difficult. If some of the finish has rubbed off, you can of course touch it up yourself, but chances are you won’t be able to get a perfect match and blend, thus leaving a dark spot. Seeing as the initial paint took a very specific process, for a seamless finish the whole wheel would need to be sprayed again. Fear not, however, as this is the worst case scenario. Besides, who goes about bashing into curbs anyway?!
Deep Dish Wheels
If you know what a deep dish pizza is, then you know exactly what a deep dish wheel is. Pretty much the same concept, except one taste better than the other. A deep dish wheel is essentially a wheel that has a recessed face, meaning that the design or pattern of the wheel (i.e the spokes) is not flush with the outermost edge. Instead, it is inlayed by several inches. There are no performance or durability gains but rather it is solely a stylistic choice (well, I suppose an inlayed design cannot technically hit the curb, you would only scrape the edge).