Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels – Your Complete Guide

Diamond cut alloy wheels are becoming more and more popular nowadays. Despite their increasing popularity, it is not always clear how to distinguish them from painted wheels and how to refurbish them. To help you understand better what are diamond cut alloy wheels and how to look after them, we collected and answered the top 5 questions about diamond cut alloy wheels.

1. My alloy wheels are scratched – how do I get them refurbished?

One of the very popular questions we always get asked is how to refurbish scratched alloy wheels. Before actually answering the question, it’s important to understand the difference between the two main types of wheels.

2. Are the wheels on your car diamond cut alloys or are they painted wheels?

Nowadays, there are two main types of alloy wheels that come as standard on new cars: diamond cut and traditional painted alloy wheels.

3. What’s the difference between diamond cut alloy wheels and traditional painted alloy wheels?

It can be quite easy to tell the difference and our photos should act as a good guide. If the wheel is two-tone, with a darker inner and a silver outer, then it is highly likely to be a diamond cut alloy wheel (left-hand side photo). This type of wheel has a machine turned face over a painted background. If the wheel is all the same colour, then the chances are it is a painted wheel (right-hand side photo).

Diamond cut alloy wheels and painted wheels

A diamond cut alloy wheel compared to a painted wheel (diamond cut L, Painted R)

4. How do I get the wheels refurbished?

If you want to retain the original look of the wheel and the car, then you need to involve a specialist repairer. That’s where DA Techs come in!

Refurbishing diamond cut alloy wheels requires the use of a specialist lathe, to cut back the face (and cut out the damage), then reapply several coats of lacquer to bring the wheel back to its original look. Despite needing less specialist equipment, painted wheels still require professional attention to remove the scratches, repaint and lacquer to match the original manufacturer’s colour.

The results we achieve can be quite spectacular and can drastically improve the appearance of your vehicle. Whilst we have all the specialist equipment to repair diamond cut alloys, we can also bring your painted alloys back to life.

Take a look at our before and after pictures to see the difference we can achieve.

before and after photos of diamond cut alloy wheels

5. How long will it take to get wheels refurbished?

Traditional wheel refurbishers can take up to 7 days to repair diamond cut alloys, however, this is where DA Techs can make the difference to you! Most vehicle owners cannot afford to have their car off the road for days on end whilst wheel refurbishments are carried out.

If you’re based in the North West of England, then we have a convenient and cost-effective solution, to repair your Diamond Cut or Painted Alloy Wheels the same day.

Our state of the art mobile workshop is custom designed so we can perform the necessary work at your showroom, bodyshop, home or office and refurbish your wheels in the matter of a few hours.

We can help you get your vehicle ready for sale or back on the road as fast as possible! Get in touch at info@datechs.co.uk or call us on 01204 859045 to find out more.


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