Decoding maintenance: Navigating the distinctions between Diamond-Cut and Painted alloy wheel finishes
Alloy wheels look fabulous. This is one reason that they made the leap from the racing circuit to the road network – they just look so good, and they make almost any car look stylish and sleek! But there are other advantages to alloys too, such as lightness of weight which improves fuel economy, steering and cornering – these are the advantages that saw alloys become so popular in the racing world. But when you come to choose your first set of alloy wheels, you might find yourself facing the question: 'Diamond-cut or painted alloy finish?' To save yourself from the ignominy of saying, 'Huh?' in response to this question, read on! (And once you've made your decision, bear in mind that Tyre Safety Centre is a leading distributor of good quality alloy wheels in Lisburn.
What is Diamond-Cut?
Diamond-cut alloys are, like all alloys, precision machined for pinpoint accuracy in engineering, so that each alloy looks, feels and responds the same way. Diamond-cut alloys are then treated to further machining – with a diamond-tipped drill bit, hence the name – which essentially etches a beautiful design or pattern into the highly polished wheel, which can appear to be chromed when it is done right.
What Do Painted Alloys Look Like?
Painted alloys are, as the name suggests, alloys that are machined to perfection, then handed over to the painters who spray paint them in whatever colour has been requested – or even the combination of colours that has been requested. Painted alloys come in a vast array of shades, so you can perfectly match your custom bodywork paint colour if you like.
Which is Best?
For aesthetics, diamond-cut alloys probably look the most stunning. However, the added etching and treatments can very slightly weaken your alloy, rendering it more prone to chipping or cracking, especially if you are not the most careful driver! Painted alloys have a literal protective coat in the form of the paint lying over the raw metal. And this protective coat can actively work to prevent or reduce the incidence of corrosion (the whitish decay that is an alloy wheel's equivalent of iron's rust) as well as staving off small cracks and fine lines that can arise through simple wear and tear. When navigating your choice between diamond-cut and painted alloys, you will have to take into account your own driving situation and needs. Both choices are attractive and will improve the look of your car instantly – so relax and choose the style you like the most!