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I was waiting for GV70 since the GV80's showed up at the dealers. Did not like GV80 side chrome accents (too much chrome gives it a cheap look and may people complain about it, of course this is a matter of taste).

I was very eager and as soon as I saw the car in the showroom, I filled the financial application, negotiated the trade in, etc. The only thing stopping me was -- they have just one car and it was in the showroom, not available for the test drive. So I went elsewhere and did a test drive there. The car dives great and I like everything about it.
But on my way out I stopped to look once more and noticed all the door handles being appointed with the black chrome accents have huge black matted oxidation from people touching the handles. Unfortunately, the 3.5 Turbo models all come with the black chrome accents option. I am very concerned because I drive a lot in the mountains and they put very aggressive chemicals on the road. I know how to maintain the chrome to look good, but this oxidation just from hands touching is scary. This black chrome will not withstand a single winter season. I contacted Genesis but got a brush off as a response. Then I started looking on the forums and see a lot of black chrome complaints for Genesis and KIA.

I am hoping to get the feedback from the people who already have GV70 with 3.5 turbo and willing to share their experience. Maybe the car I saw was just a single "bad apple" case, or maybe it is a more wide spread issue. This is truly a fly in the ointment case and is the only thing which is stopping me from buying this car.
 

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I was waiting for GV70 since the GV80's showed up at the dealers. Did not like GV80 side chrome accents (too much chrome gives it a cheap look and may people complain about it, of course this is a matter of taste).

I was very eager and as soon as I saw the car in the showroom, I filled the financial application, negotiated the trade in, etc. The only thing stopping me was -- they have just one car and it was in the showroom, not available for the test drive. So I went elsewhere and did a test drive there. The car dives great and I like everything about it.
But on my way out I stopped to look once more and noticed all the door handles being appointed with the black chrome accents have huge black matted oxidation from people touching the handles. Unfortunately, the 3.5 Turbo models all come with the black chrome accents option. I am very concerned because I drive a lot in the mountains and they put very aggressive chemicals on the road. I know how to maintain the chrome to look good, but this oxidation just from hands touching is scary. This black chrome will not withstand a single winter season. I contacted Genesis but got a brush off as a response. Then I started looking on the forums and see a lot of black chrome complaints for Genesis and KIA.

I am hoping to get the feedback from the people who already have GV70 with 3.5 turbo and willing to share their experience. Maybe the car I saw was just a single "bad apple" case, or maybe it is a more wide spread issue. This is truly a fly in the ointment case and is the only thing which is stopping me from buying this car.
slap a ceramic coating on there and you’ll be fine.
 

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Thanks for the response!

I do my cars detailing myself as an amateur :) -- clay, polish, and sealant but newer did go into the ceramic coating land.
I did some lookup in the past and there are always a horror stories even for the best rated ceramic coats. It is also tricky -- you might wipe it out almost completely and believe that you have a coat layer when in fact it might be gone in a few weeks. Also, many ceramic coating compounds are not suitable for chrome and might just destroy it.
There are professional services of course, but in case of failure they also wash their hands so to speak.

Some references I saw recommend using the "normal" clear coat polish as a protectant for black chrome, so I am considering this option as well.
It would be really helpful if other owners would chime in on this too.

Do you apply ceramic coating yourself and if yes, do you have positive experience on prior cars, and can recommend a particular brand which works well for chrome, or do you use professional service for coating?
 

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But that shouldn't have to be the solution.
That was my initial concern as well. The chrome was originally used in cars for decoration because of the beauty, and corrosion resistance.
But they did not use magnesium chloride on the roads way back. Also the coating nowadays is such a thin film layer -- it is pretty much cosmetic.
So i am OK with maintenance for this "fake" chrome as long as it is maintainable.
More importantly, I am not sure this applies to all 3.5 turbo models, I hope not -- I still like this car very much.
 

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I’ve had the car for a week now. I’ve wiped the handles clean with a microfiber and have no issues.
 

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James97,

Thanks agin for the response. I guess the silence on this question indicates no problems so far with the new cars. I also walked around the dealer's lot and inspected other cars with black chrome -- seem to be OK.

So I'll be picking up my new GV70 this Friday :)

Regarding ceramic coating, I think there is a lot of hype in advertising and a certain level of risk of the car being messed up even by a professional detailer. A good objective review I found is posted here. Considering my new GV70 has a dark color and the risk of exposing possible ceramic coating defects is higher due to this, I've decided to use the tried and true synthetic sealant on the new car.
 

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James97,

Thanks agin for the response. I guess the silence on this question indicates no problems so far with the new cars. I also walked around the dealer's lot and inspected other cars with black chrome -- seem to be OK.

So I'll be picking up my new GV70 this Friday :)

Regarding ceramic coating, I think there is a lot of hype in advertising and a certain level of risk of the car being messed up even by a professional detailer. A good objective review I found is posted here. Considering my new GV70 has a dark color and the risk of exposing possible ceramic coating defects is higher due to this, I've decided to use the tried and true synthetic sealant on the new car.
I just got my GV70 a couple weeks back. The Himalayan grey. A beautiful color. Just had it ceramic coated and the metallic component really pops with the coating.
Like anything you have to do your research and use a reputable shop so they ensure the paint and clearcoat is in pristine condition before applying the coating.
 
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