I am not aware of that problem ; my 18" premium wheels looked almost brand new after three years and about 40,000 miles. (I recently sold them, though sometimes I think that was a mistake)
Perhaps yours were painted by the previous owner as you suggest ; or maybe they were used in the winter with salt on the roads. (I have a separate set for the winter)
Repainting wheels is faily expensive . . . like $600 ballpark for the set of 4 ; you can almost get a set of new wheels for that money.
Check out some of the threads on "plasti-dip", that might be an option.
PS -- now I see you are from Louisianna, so winter salt is probably not the reason
| 2010 GT coupe | Red Candy / charcoal | 5MT | Premium pkg | Daily Commuter
| whiney FRPP 3.73 gears | Roush CAI | 35% tint | custom STB | FRPP KR's | Bama 93R for the summer | Steeda UDP's | Shaftmasters alum d/s | 19x9.5 GT500 wheels with Goodyear F1's | Steeda Sport springs on GT500 struts/shocks and Steeda HD mounts | Brembo brakes | GT500 sway bars | JLT oil sep | TVS2300 still on the wish list
Last edited by JBert; 05-07-2013 at 11:52 AM.