Diamond cut - our full factory refurbishment process
2. REMOVING THE TYRES, WEIGHTS & VALVES
The tyres are removed from the wheels and marked for precision & rotation, and tagged with the customer’s name. (If we spot unsafe tyres we will draw this to your attention. We reserve the right to refuse to refit tyres which are deemed to be unsafe.We then remove all balance weights, valves & sensors (if required).
3. STRIPPING PREVIOUS PAINT WORK GRIME AND DIRT REMOVED
The wheel is then dipped in a special chemical solution to strip away the existing finish and break all dust. After a few hours the entire wheel is fully stripped back to bare aluminium.
4.SHOT BLASTING FURTHER CLEANING OF THE WHEEL
The wheel is then sand blasted in a special blasting cabinet for more cleaning, corrosion removal and this also prepares surface.
5. WHEEL INSPECTION
Once the wheel is fully cleaned it is much easier to see if there are any cracks or structural damage.
The wheels are then tested on a balancing machine to check for any bends or buckles. At this stage we will notify you if there is any damage to the wheel deemed to be dangerous, and advise if the wheel can be repaired and if any extra repair cost is involved.
6. WHEEL STRAIGHTENING & WELDING (IF REQUIRED)
We have advanced techniques in the straightening of bent, buckled, dented or cracked alloy wheels. The refurbishment is not always necessary when straightening the wheel. If the damage is only small and on the inside of the rim, then we can repair just that area rather than the full refurbishment.
7. PREPARING THE KERBED SURFACE FOR PAINT
The next step is selective machining to remove all kerb damage from the surface of the wheel (if the damage is very deep it can be filled with aluminium and welded to return it to its original shape.
8. Applying the base coat
- First the wheel is placed into the oven for the pre heating process. After this new powder primer is applied
- After the powder is applied the wheels go back into the oven for the curing process.
- After the curing process the wheels are allowed to cool down slightly before the colour application
9. diamond cutting
The wheel is placed on a CNC lathe and a diamond knife is cutting off thin layer of aluminium
10. applying powder coat lacquer
Final clear coat is applied to protect the surface from the corrosion.
11. TYRE FITTING AND BALANCING
Once the wheel is repaired we fit new rubber valves (if the wheels had metal valves or sensors these are re-fitted as before). The tyre is then refitted to the wheel and balanced using weights stuck to the inside of the wheel.
12. FITTING WHEELS TO THE CAR
The wheels are fitted to the car and final checks are carried out including tyre pressure and wheel bolt torque and tightening.
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.