I'd say it's more of a personal preference. Personally I like the polished look more. On the other hand the chrome is definitely lower maintenance. It's really all just a matter of what you like and how low of maintenance you want.
There are pro's and cons to both. I too like the polished look. With chrome a little windex every once in a while and you're good to go. With aluminum you need to polish them from time to time to keep the shine up. With chrome, once you have a scatch or other damage they are garbage, because re-plating them will cost more than a new set. With aluminum if you get a scratch you just polish it out. Chrome no-little maintenance, Aluminum some maintenance.
Well, I went with the polished aluminum a few years back. They look good when polished, but look really bad when tarnished.
It depends on your personality. I love to drive my car and race my car, not clean it. I have never been a detail fanatic when it comes to cleaning, waxing, polishing, etc. So, for me, keeping them polished is a burden and if I had it to do over I would go with the black crinkle finish.
If you are like my neighbor who washes all of his cars every single week inside and out year around and enjoy spit shining your ride, then the polished aluminum may be the best for you.
LOL @ Greg. I guess I fall somewhere in between. I have always loved polished stainless and aluminum. I don't mind shining up the car and engine from time to time. I typically wipe down my car once a week or so, and I never wash my car with water. My last Camaro never had soap and water put on it in the 7 years I drove it. I had a LOT of polished aluminum under and out of the hood. It's not bad if you stay on top of it, don't wait until it gets dull or oxidized. If you keep it clean (windex or whatever) it doesn't oxidize nearly as fast, then you just polish it from time to time (2 times a year would be enough to keep it decent).
The same can be said for chrome to a point. If you let it stay dirty it will rust faster (dirt holds moisture). The thing is with Chrome you never really have to polish it, just keep it clean.
Now if you are like Greg, then polished aluminum is probably not a good choice. It does require maintenance and it is never ending.
A forum community dedicated to 1st generation Chevy Camaros owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about performance, builds, restoration, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, reviews, and more!