Our fathers and grandfathers’ wheel covers were shining orbs of chrome layered steel, flashing wire talked patterns, or level chrome Frisbee look-alikes. Before 1980, chrome layered steel was the only material light and solid enough to do the task. Unfortunately, layered steel thin and light sufficient for hubcaps was easily dented, and if scraped or driven in winter, i.e., in salt conditions, was likely to corrosion. ABS plastic was presented as a common material in pipes pipeline in the 1970s, and ended up being the universal product in hubcaps by the mid 1980s. ABS has the characteristics of rigidness, toughness, and high resistance to salt, chemicals, warmth, chilly, stress, and impact. It has excellent resistance to damaging, damaging and chipping, also at reduced temperatures.
Components constructed from abdominal muscle plastic weigh only a portion of their steel equivalents. They can be repainted or chrome layered to create a range of aesthetic results. Scratches or dings on the surface of plastic are stable, and look the exact same years later on as they did the day the scratch happened. Whereas, when chrome plated steel is scraped, it will certainly then rust. These high qualities make abdominal plastic an ideal material for hubcaps, wheel covers, and lots of other auto parts. Today, nearly all Replacement Hubcaps for guest cars, including original tools and aftermarket reproductions, are made from abdominal muscle plastic. In fact, most of non-structural auto trim products, consisting of business logos, lettering, grills, cowlings, bumpers, structures, light reflectors, bezels, etc, have been made of plastic for nearly Two Decade.
One classification of modern-day hubcaps still made of steel is called ‘Wheel Simulators’, which are made of extremely sleek stainless steel. Wheel simulators are designed primarily for the larger wheels supporting heavy utility vehicles, twin wheel vehicles and Motor homes. A couple of designs are readily available for single wheel trucks and trailers. ‘Simulators’ are so named because they look like, however they are much cheaper than, chrome layered wheels. Further, stainless steel is very corrosion resistant, which cannot be stated for chrome layered wheels.