Here is an example of a Volkswagen wheel -- it has a polished rim, polished face and anthracite painted returns. Combinations of all three features are now fairly common, especially on Ford, VW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW. The polished rim which is sometimes found even on plain silver painted wheels is vulnerable and often tarnishes under the lacquer even if there is no scuffing. As you can see from the wheel above, there is scuffing on the face of this wheel.
Although it is possible to have the wheels sent away, re-polished, repainted and re-lacquered, there are several downsides to this. Firstly, reproducing the original effect is expensive, it means you are without your wheels, and thus your car for up to a week. And finally you are retaining the lacquer over polished metal finish, which as it involves no primer or basecoat is prone to corrosion in a relatively short period of time.
What many people are doing instead is having the whole wheel refinished in silver (or anthracite) instead. In addition to the scuffing that was obvious in the top photos, this wheel also had some corrosion on the rims. As this is now replaced with a much stronger finish, this is very unlikely to come back again.
• Mercedes Wheel Refurbishment
• Ford Mondeo Wheel Refurbishment
• Land Rover Wheel Refurbishment
• Bi-Coloured Wheels Example - VW Golf
• Ford Mondeo - Polished Face
• Classic Porsche 944 wheel refurbishment