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Anyone else had the problem of the finish flaking off the rims? It’s a 2020 limited. Pretty much every rim is showing signs of the clear coat/finish lifting. I’ll be visiting the dealership to see what they have to say.
 

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Unfortunately there are a lot of car washes and individuals who use special wheel cleaners in their rims, and these harsh chemicals are not suitable for a painted rim or one with a clear coat. I recommend rims be waxed with a synthetic polymer car wax (not containing any Carnauba wax), and only use a soap specifically made for cars on the rims also (which is designed to remove the wax).

Obviously, I don't know if this is the problem in your case, or whether there is a defect in your rims.
 

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Anyone else had the problem of the finish flaking off the rims? It’s a 2020 limited. Pretty much every rim is showing signs of the clear coat/finish lifting. I’ll be visiting the dealership to see what they have to say.
Be prepared for the run around...such as normal wear and tear..
 

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Unfortunately there are a lot of car washes and individuals who use special wheel cleaners in their rims, and these harsh chemicals are not suitable for a painted rim or one with a clear coat. I recommend rims be waxed with a synthetic polymer car wax (not containing any Carnauba wax), and only use a soap specifically made for cars on the rims also (which is designed to remove the wax).

Obviously, I don't know if this is the problem in your case, or whether there is a defect in your rims.
I’ve never seen a dedicated wheel cleaner product that wasn’t labeled safe for painted wheels. I’ve not once ever had this issue with any wheels I’ve ever had and I’ve used a few different brands over the years.
 

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Anyone else had the problem of the finish flaking off the rims? It’s a 2020 limited. Pretty much every rim is showing signs of the clear coat/finish lifting. I’ll be visiting the dealership to see what they have to say.
Do you live up north where it snows a lot and there’s salt on the road? I’d guess that could be an issue. Or even travel heavily on generally poor condition roads where a lot of debris gets kicked up and into the wheel surface which might cause it to damage the surface? Seems odd that it’s occurring on all 4 wheels.
 

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They do use salt on the roads however I’ve had many vehicles with painted wheels without any issue. It’s lifting on every rim.
 

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I’ve never seen a dedicated wheel cleaner product that wasn’t labeled safe for painted wheels. I’ve not once ever had this issue with any wheels I’ve ever had and I’ve used a few different brands over the years.
If the painted wheels were covered with the same clearcoat as the rest of the car (which most of them probably are) then why would they even sell a special wheel cleaner different from regular car wash soap for the rest of the car that is specifically designed not to strip off car wax?

But I was mainly talking about car wash places, where they care more about the ability to quickly clean the wheels with the least amount of effort, and my suspicion is that THEY are more likely to use cleaners that are too harsh for a clearcoat, especially if waxed. Some places may also use stiff brushes to clean the wheels, which might also damage the clearcoat. My Hyundai Genesis is over 10 years old with the original painted and clear coated wheels, and there is absolutely no sign of any flaking or other damage.
 

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They do use salt on the roads however I’ve had many vehicles with painted wheels without any issue. It’s lifting on every rim.
Looking at the pic you provided, even where the paint (not just clearcoat) has NOT come off yet, it looks like there is some corrosion and/or bubbling underneath the paint. Not sure if those bubbly surfaces underneath the paint were there before you bought it, or how that got that way. I wonder if the inside of the wheels are not painted/clear-coated, and maybe the corrosion started on the backside and spread underneath the paint. Could be a manufacturing defect, or just those particular wheels will not hold up under salty road conditions, even though other painted wheels may be OK.

If Hyundai does not repair them under warranty, there are places that will repaint wheels at a reasonable cost (compared to new ones).

I would look try to look at some other Palisades with the same wheels, but maybe not easy since those 2020 Limited wheels were discontinued in 2021.
 

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This should be covered. Heck they sell awd version which means snow and salt!
I lived in snow country most of my life,never did this happen.
I would not take no for an answer. Looks like poor paint job.
 

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Unfortunately there are a lot of car washes and individuals who use special wheel cleaners in their rims, and these harsh chemicals are not suitable for a painted rim or one with a clear coat. I recommend rims be waxed with a synthetic polymer car wax (not containing any Carnauba wax), and only use a soap specifically made for cars on the rims also (which is designed to remove the wax).

Obviously, I don't know if this is the problem in your case, or whether there is a defect in your rims.
I use soap and water and waxed them 2x per year. All 4 are flaking. Obviously a problem.
 

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If the painted wheels were covered with the same clearcoat as the rest of the car (which most of them probably are) then why would they even sell a special wheel cleaner different from regular car wash soap for the rest of the car that is specifically designed not to strip off car wax?

But I was mainly talking about car wash places, where they care more about the ability to quickly clean the wheels with the least amount of effort, and my suspicion is that THEY are more likely to use cleaners that are too harsh for a clearcoat, especially if waxed. Some places may also use stiff brushes to clean the wheels, which might also damage the clearcoat. My Hyundai Genesis is over 10 years old with the original painted and clear coated wheels, and there is absolutely no sign of any flaking or other damage.
What model and year Genesis have you got in the USA that is over 10 years old. I didn't see the Genesis selling here till 2015.
My 2018 G90 didn't flake but that cost me $72,000 and they got curb rash if I got within 3 ft. of a curb ( not really but only took a touch to mar)
 

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Hyundai sold a Genesis model before Genesis was a brand.
Correct.

Hyundai Motor America sold the Genesis model in the USA from MY's 2009-2016 as a Hyundai, and then created the Genesis brand in the US starting in MY 2017 They also sold the Hyundai Equus in the US from 2011-2016 MY's. The 2016 Hyundai Genesis became the 2017 Genesis G80 (with very few changes), and the 2016 Equus became the 2017 Genesis G90 as a complete redesign. They are still in the process of creating a completely separate dealer network for Genesis, and some of them are still sold in "separate" areas of Hyundai dealerships.

Originally, Hyundai Motor America (HMA) announced that there would be only 100 USA Genesis dealers that had to be in completely separate physical locations, but that got scrapped after Hyundai dealers sued HMA and effectively won, mostly based on state auto franchise laws and previous contract agreements between HMA and the Hyundai dealers.

The Genesis and Equus were never sold in Korea with any Hyundai badging on them. That is how the rebadging trend started for Genesis in the USA, as Genesis and Equus owners would order (from stores like Korean Auto Imports) the Korean "wing" badging to replace the flying "H" used by Hyundai in the USA. Equus had its own unique badging in Korea also.

John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said that HMA decided to initially sell them as Hyundai branded vehicles in order to "build the Hyundai brand." Krafcik said that in 2009 (based on marketing research), they still had trouble getting Accord and Camry buyers to even look at a Hyundai Sonata. But the financial crisis of 2008 also played a part, since it would have been nearly impossible to get enough local investors to create brand new dealerships at that time (in the USA, auto manufacturers are generally not allowed to own dealerships).
 

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Anyone else had the problem of the finish flaking off the rims? It’s a 2020 limited. Pretty much every rim is showing signs of the clear coat/finish lifting. I’ll be visiting the dealership to see what they have to say.
I just noticed the same issue. I have a 2020 Palisade Limited and was in an accident in January and the entire driver side took the impact. I just got my car back yesterday 3/21/22 and they replaced the driver side rims and that’s what made me notice the other side rims flaking. I’m so mad. Did you get any solution from your dealership?
 
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I just noticed the same issue. I have a 2020 Palisade Limited and was in an accident in January and the entire driver side took the impact. I just got my car back yesterday 3/21/22 and they replaced the driver side rims and that’s what made me notice the other side rims flaking. I’m so mad. Did you get any solution from your dealership?
Yes the dealership sent photos of the rims to Hyundai who then approved the repair to all rims. There was no cost to me other then the time they needed the vehicle for.
 

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I just noticed the same issue. I have a 2020 Palisade Limited and was in an accident in January and the entire driver side took the impact. I just got my car back yesterday 3/21/22 and they replaced the driver side rims and that’s what made me notice the other side rims flaking. I’m so mad. Did you get any solution from your dealership?
Just noticed flaking on my rims as well. Rarely look close enough. But today I was washing by hand (which a rarely do because of a back issue )
 
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