I picked up a set of chrome frames from a local autozone, only because I didn't want my plates to get bent or anything. But when I put them on they looked great, both front and back. The frame itself is rather thin, maybe 1/4 inch all the way around. I'll try to post a pic later this evening when I get home from work. But just imagine a 1/4 inch chrome boarder all the way around your plate. It looks sleek and it matches the thin chrome boarder around the roundels.
Anything that doesn't draw attention to itself. Chains, eagles, dealer ads, and other vulgarities
in cheap looking chrome shouldn't be considered. Personally run clear high quality lexan cover with chrome plastic screw caps which were a pain to install but are unobtrusive and go with the rest of the minimal chrome on the e46 coupe rear (don't run front plate until I'm caught).
I have polished stainless steel frames on front and rear. They have a clear lexan cover for the plate. They look like chrome but should be much more durable. They look excellent with my silver gray car and complement the chrome trim on the car.
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