I will agree that chrome plated wheels, if neglected, will look far worse once the neglect takes hold. My experience has been that the chrome is easier to clean, and a quick wipe-down will clean them better than any other finish. In other words, you can expend a small amount of effort regularly to avoid filthy wheels and a lot of effort later. When we were racing, cleaning the brake dust off of the wheels was a post event activity every time, since no one wanted to pick up a dirty wheel.
I'm not sure what you mean by "close enough". Polished aluminum does not look like chrome, and does not clean as easily.
Note to self: Type faster to beat Robo to the forum.
Sky NA 2007 Midnight Blue
Sky RL 2008 Carbon Flash - Naked