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The Process of Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel Repair

There are various methods used by wheel refurbishing companies to repair and refurbish alloy wheels. Among these methods, the popular ones are Powder Coating, Diamond Cutting, and Cosmetic Repair. In this article, we will specifically talk about the Diamond Cutting Alloy Wheel Repair Process.

The process of diamond cut alloy wheel repair provides a superior and longer lasting finish over alternative options such as Powder Coating and Cosmetic Repair.  Most damage to alloy wheels is generally unsightly surface damage to the shiny part of the alloy, so generally a full strip is not required, this is the opportunity for Finishing Touch Alloys to provide the best possible mobile diamond cutting service.

The overhaul of a diamond cut alloy wheel is impossible to do like a touch up as it needs the use of a CNC lathe.

The next step is to prepare and dress the wheels to deal with the damages to the edges and face of the rim. 

Next, the alloys are secured to the CNC lathe and configured and balanced for surface cutting.

There are many points that need to be considered before executing a diamond cut wheel refurbishment. For instance, you need to check whether or not the wheels have been cut before. It is important to check this because alloy wheels can be cut/re-cut only for a finite amount of times. Keeping in view the nature of the process, our mobile diamond cutting machine has been designed to cut the minimal surface metal as possible.

The diamond cutting procedure involves removing a thin alloy layer from the wheel using a lathe. Initially, the wheel surface is very smooth. No lacquer will be able to hold on to it with stripping. In contrast, diamond cutting prepares the surface for polishing and finishing, which makes the aesthetic appearance lasts much longer.

For an effective result, it is recommended to perform the diamond cut process 2-3 times. Here, it is important not to remove too many layers because it will make the surface too thin and make it prone to cracks eventually.

In a nutshell, the diamond cut process involves the following steps:

1. Remove the tyres using quality equipment.
2. Match the ID numbers of the tyres and wheels to avoid mix-ups.
3. De-grease the surface.
4. Place the alloy wheel into the lathe ready for cutting.
5. Apply a lacquer layer and cure to protect the wheels from wear and tear.
6. Inspect the surface carefully to ensure the finish is smooth and even.
7. Refit the tyres
8. Check the pressure and balance the wheels.

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