Diamond Cutting Process

How do we diamond cut a wheel

The process of Diamond Cutting is very similar to that of Powder Coating with the
addition of a machine cut finish to the front ‘face’ of the wheel.

As with our Powder Coating process we fully refurbish the wheel, with the tyre off. You can bring your wheels to us without the tyres, or we can strip and refit the tyres and re-balance the wheels (if we need to use weights when re-balancing, if possible we will endeavour to fit to the inside of the rim so as not to spoil the appearance of the wheel).

The refurbishment of a diamond cut wheel is impossible to do as a touch up/ mobile as it requires the use of lathe.

Most wheels are gently blasted by hand to remove previous layers of lacquer and paint to obtain a smooth metal surface in preparation for coating. If the wheels are in a particularly poor condition they may be chemically stripped prior to blasting.

 

The wheels are then prepared and dressed to deal with any damage to the rim edges and the face. (We do not deal with buckled or badly dented wheels as these are safety related structural repairs and wheels should be written off and replaced).

Next the wheels are gently heat treated  to remove any air from the alloy and a first stage powder coat finish is applied and then cured for a set time period.A second coating may be applied at this stage depending on what finish is chosen. Once cured the wheels are allowed to cool before being introduced to our state-of-the-art CNC lathes ready to be Diamond Cut.

It is important to note that there are many points to consider when having your diamond cut wheels refurbished, such as; have they been cut before [they can only be re-cut a finite amount of times] as by the nature of the process we will remove metal from the front face, the level of damage or corrosion and if the wheel has embossed wording [such as the wheel in the above picture] as this can be lost when metal is removed. For more information about this please click here

Following their time on the lathe a clear coat lacquer is applied and then returned to the oven for further curing.

If you have any questions regarding your diamond cut wheels our highly trained technicians at your nearest branch will be able to help and advise you.