The process of Diamond Cutting is very similar to the powder coating process, 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 alloy wheel, with the tyre off. You can bring your wheels to us without the tyres or we can strip and re-fit the tyres and re-balance the wheels as in the powder coated finishes, then the weights will be fitted to the inside of the rim in order to not spoil the appearance. The benefits of rebalancing the wheels are the same as described in powder coated finishes and will ultimately save you money. The initial procedure involves preparing the wheels by blasting to remove the lacquer and paint, chemical stripping to prepare a smooth surface. This means they are able to deal with damage to the rim and face of the wheel. They then undergo heat treatment to remove air from the wheels. Then a first stage powder coating is applied and cured for a set period of time. Once cured, the wheels will be allowed to cool before being introduced to our state of the art computerised numerical control lathes, ready to be diamond cut. There are many points to consider before having your diamond cut wheels refurbished such as:
• Have your alloy wheels been cut before? Remember there is a limit on how many times your diamond cut wheels can be re-cut.
• What is the current level of damage or corrosion?
• Does the wheel have imprinted wording? As this can be lost when the metal is re-cut.
Lastly a clear lacquer coat is applied and the wheel is returned to the oven for further curing. The lacquer paint is applied to enhance the finish but to also protect the wheel from environmental damage.