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How does the finish hold up to sockets? Are these going to scratch up after being taken on/off a couple times or will the finish hold up good? I ordered in black.
The finish is anodized, which means it's actually etched into the metal, so they won't chip or scratch. We recommend installation and removal by hand, torqued to factory torque spec. A well made 3/4" socket, no impact guns and aluminum lugs hold up great!
My guess on how mine were marred was an improperly sized socket on an impact gun, sad stuff.
I love them to death though! No issues in the 4 years I've had them.
they will scratch up eventually over time
all coloured lug nuts will, regardless if it's a painted finish or anodized
Mine were scratched up after the first install, which was done by a tire shop.
Also they haven't gotten any more damage since then, I always use a 3/4" socket if I remove them, and now put a note with the car to use a 3/4" socket if it ever goes to a shop.
I'd say that all lug nuts, plated, painted or anodized can *wear* over time, but that time frame can be improved by not using impact guns, using correct sized sockets, and using a torque wrench to torque to spec. The anodized finish on these lugs shouldn't become damaged if they are being treated with care. I've also seen people use "dead soft" or aluminum insert sockets to add another layer of protection.