Although most of our wheels are powder coated, a diamond cut finish is often needed when the manufacturer’s original wheel has a diamond cut finish.
First Aid Wheels is one of the UK’s leading alloy wheel diamond cutting centres. Diamond cutting is a very precise process and takes longer to reproduce than a powder coating refurbishment.
You cannot do a diamond cut refurbishment as part of a mobile or touch-up service, the wheel has to go on a specialist lathe.
ABOUT the finish
Diamond cut alloy wheels have a polished metal rim or front face. This is achieved by cutting the wheel with a tool on a lathe. Once the colour has been applied the polished area is cut. A clear coat of lacquer is then used to seal the repair and give the wheel its gloss.
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.
With our bespoke in house diamond cutting lathe we will provide you with the highest quality finish and the quickest turnaround time.
diamond cutting - frequently asked questions
What is a diamond cut wheel?
A diamond cut wheel is one that has been first painted and then, after painting or powder coating the outer face of the wheel is cut back on a lathe. The wheel is then lacquered to produce the overall effect. Diamond cut wheels typi8cally have a gloss allooy face with contrasting dark wheel body.
How long does the diamond cut finish last?
Diamond cut wheels generally do not retain their finish for as long as a powder coated wheel. Any damage to the lacquer however small can allow water ingress which discolours the lacquer.
How many times can you re-cut / refurbish a diamond cut wheel?
Usually one or two cuts at most. More than that and you can start to weaken the wheel. Also the wheel needs to be perfect and not buckled. That is why we generally recommend a full refurbishment for a diamond cut wheel.
why choose us?
We have one of the biggest alloy wheel diamond cutting facilities in the UK and often sub-contract for other alloy wheel refurbishment centres.
We operate custom lathes and programming to get great results. Not everyone is able to do diamond cutting well, even if they have the right equipment.