Alloy Wheel Repairs From £55
Scuffed and kerbed alloys are unfortunately part of a driver’s daily battle. However, now there is a way to repair minor damage to wheel spokes and rims in a convenient and cost-effective manner. Our fully qualified technicians will carry out alloy wheel refurbishment and repairs to the highest standard, ensuring your wheels are looking their best.
Diamond Cutting Service From £85
Although powder coating is Repair and Restore’s most popular and durable alloy wheel refurbishment service, diamond cut finishes are also a very desired finish. Many cars are fitted with diamond cut finished wheels.
Repair and Restore can reproduce this finish. Diamond cutting is a very precise process and takes longer to reproduce than a powder coat refurbishment. The refurbishment of a diamond cut wheel is impossible to do as a touch up/ mobile as it requires the use of lathe.
Corrosion in diamond cut wheels is very common, applying lacquer to a polished surface simply defies gravity it is very difficult to achieve a long lasting finish when applying lacquer to a shiny surface, small stone chips allow water in behind the lacquer and in time causes the lacquer to deteriorate and appear cloudy.
Diamond cutting involves removing a thin layer of alloy from the wheel using specialist lathing equipment. Diamond cut wheels can only be refurbished a number of times as too much alloy would eventually be removed. You may wish to consider our powder coat refurbishment as a durable and long lasting refurbishment method instead.
With our bespoke in house diamond cutting lathe we will provide you with the highest quality finish and the quickest turnaround time.
Diamond cutting can be applied to the full face and lip of the wheel, combined with an application of base coat paint can produce some spectacular finishes. See some examples below.
Alloy wheel repair will include:
- Paint repairs to damaged alloy wheels
- Minor defects repaired on alloy wheel spokes and rims
- Cosmetic repairs to alloy wheels
Alloy wheel repair will not include:
- Structural damage to alloy wheels
Questions and Answers about Diamond Cutting
What is a diamond cut wheel?
This is an alloy wheel which has been put on a lathe and part of or the entire painted surface of the wheel machined off to leave a shiny alloy finish. A small part of the actual alloy is machined off to create this finish. It is then lacquered over to prevent corrosion.
You will be able to see if your wheel is diamond cut if on close inspection you see very fine lines created by the cutting machine and the appearance is very shiny. This may be harder to distinguish if you wheels are of poor quality, old or corroded.
Not all wheels can be diamond cut as this depends on the profile of the face of the wheel, your Wheel Specialist technician will advise you if it is possible.
Does a diamond cut finish last?
Diamond cut wheels will not retain their finish for as long as a powder coated wheel. Any damage to the lacquer however small will allow water to seep in-between the lacquer and the alloy leaving “milky patches” on the diamond cut finish area. Always ask your Wheel Specialist technician if you have any concerns with your wheel.
How many times can you re cut/refurbish a diamond cut wheel
Depending on the diamond cut wheel repair required this is usually 1-2 cuts, however if the technician feels that the wheel will be compromised in any way and weakened they will not cut the wheel and advise a powder coat finish for your refurbishment. Each wheel is assessed individually at The Wheel Specialist. It is important to inform the technician if you know if your wheel has been cut before.
Are there different types of diamond cut wheel refurbishment?
Yes there are different standards/types of diamond cut alloy repair. It is vital that you go to a specialist that has the correct equipment/a bespoke lathe and full experience in wheel refurbishment. Check that they have comprehensive insurances and will give you the best advice for not only for the finish but more importantly on the safety of your wheel. With 30 plus years of experience, full insurances, and purpose designed Alloy wheel Diamond Cutting Machines you can be assured that you and your diamond cut wheel repair are in the best hands with ourselves.
Wheel Straightening from £49
If you are experiencing vibration or shaking from your steering wheel or excessive tyre wear or tyres which don’t seem to be lasting very long after purchase then it is likely that your alloy wheel is suffering from some damage.
You may have fallen victim to the ‘pothole plague’ and had that awful feeling where you cannot avoid going through a pothole due to the traffic conditions and then experience that crunching sound when your wheel gets bent in some way. No matter how minor the damage is, it still will have consequences for the general ongoing health of your car. Damaged wheels also lead to MOT test failures and in the worst case the car will be unsafe to drive if a wheel becomes structurally unsafe.
Alternatively you may have a kerbed wheel as a consequence of either clipping the kerb while moving at some speed or a gentle scrape when parking or pulling up against a kerb.
Out of shape wheels will not only destroy your tyres but the vibrations can cause serious damage to both the steering and suspension components of your vehicle. In their worst form they will not hold air or lose air rapidly.
All of these situations imply that your wheel needs straightening and if particularly bad, a full alloy wheel repair and refurbishment will be required