Once you enter the colourful world of aftermarket wheels, you will be amazed at just how many variables there are. From the dimensions, ET measurements, and bolt patterns over materials, styles, and finishes. Not to mention the ever-important question “will it fit” when shopping for a set of rims not mentioned in the user manual. However, one of the most common dilemmas amongst enthusiasts is which one you should choose – diamond-cut wheels or painted alloys, and we are here to help you decide.
Painted wheels are the most common type of finish you can find on alloy wheels. As you might guess, painted wheels are simply painted or powder-coated (if durability is required) in various colours. In most cases, silver is the colour of the choice, but shiny black is also very popular as an OEM choice as well as for aftermarket companies. Painted alloy wheels are more durable since the thick layer of paint protects the wheel material beneath. This means that scrubbing them against kerbs or potholes will not be immediately noticed.
Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels
Diamond-cut alloy wheels are precision-finished alloys that feature a design with razor-sharp edges and an almost chrome finish. While most rims are cast and then painted, diamond-cut ones are also machined before completion for that fine lines and unique design. There is no doubt that diamond-cut wheels look stunning and modern, but they are also quite prone to damage and are very hard to adequately refurbish if they get chipped and scraped. Those fine lines are no match for the harsh reality of urban driving, and all owners realise that sooner or later.
So, Which One To Choose?
If you are looking for durability, simplicity, and easy (affordable) potential repairs, then painted alloy wheels are the one for you. The durable finish, especially if the wheels are powder coated, will give you peace of mind in everyday driving and still provide you with a stylish proposition that will complement the look of your vehicle. Painted alloys are a wise decision for people who want practicality over design and have a daily commuter car.
However, if you deeply care about the looks of your car, then a set of diamond-cut wheels should be high on your list. Yes, they are more expensive to buy and refurbish if damaged, and they might not suit any vehicle, but for those cars that look good with diamond cut rims, there is no better choice.
Protect Your Alloys of Choice with Rimblades?
If you want the ultimate, alloy protection upgrade that will not only enhance the way your car looks, but also provide your alloy wheels with much needed protection, head over to our shop to view the Rimblades product offering. Widely acknowledged as being the drivers wheel protector, Rimblades are designed for the enthusiast who understands that a bonded solution provides ALL the impact performance needed, plus the flexibility to quickly and easily replace a damaged protector – and at a fraction of the cost of over-engineered ‘tyre trap’ type alternatives.