The original wheels fitted by your car manufacturer may be rather plain or
they may have become scratched, rusty and dirty with age. But there are several
things you can do to improve their appearance and the overall look of the
One way is to fit a set of after-market wheels, which are available in a
wide variety of styles.
Fitting a complete set of new wheels can, however, be expensive. A cheaper
and quicker way to give your wheels a new look is to fit a set of wheel
Look in accessory shops or manufacturers' catalogues to see what is
available and what would suit your car - you will find a vast range on the
market, from quite basic sets in plain matt finishes to brightly coloured and
chromed finishes. Some trims look like expensive alloy or wire spoked
Many of the trims are made from reinforced plastic which is both resilient
and has some resistance to shattering and stone-chip damage. So, apart from
enhancing the overall look of your car, the trims can also provide a degree of
protection for the wheels.
Wheel embellishers are similar to the trim covers. These are designed to fit
just around the rim of the wheel and are also available in chrome or matt
finishes. These look most effective when they are fitted to wheels that have a
small central wheel nut cover.
The trims and embellishers simply clip into place on the wheel rim. Before
fitting, however, it is worthwhile giving the wheels a quick coat of
rust-retarding black paint, especially if they already look badly rusted. This
not only hides the rust, it also ensures that the wheel won't show through the
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