Different Types of Repairs We Do

Scratch Vanish understands what’s required to repair different types of wheels.  For a wheel to be repaired to the highest possible standard it needs be modern, ideally no more than 6-7 years old and in an intact state, meaning no excessive peeling.  If it has large chips out of it then we may not be able to complete a high quality repair and bring it back to a top quality finish.  Please see below our 5 most common repair types.

Gloss Black

A Gloss black finish seems to be becoming more and more popular each and every day.  This type of finish is most common on Land Rovers, Ford Mustangs, Jaguars & BMW.  To ensure a quality gloss black repair the surface needs to be super clean prior to us applying any paint.  We repair the damage and match the gloss finish to restore the wheels back to the excellence they were before the damage occurred.

Matt & Satin Black

Matt Black & Satin Black finish’s are very similar in appearance but far less common then the Gloss Variety.  Land Rover, Mazda, Honda and Renault are the most common makes of car that have stock factory wheels with a Matt Black Finish.  Custom or painted wheels regularly have a matt or satin finish also.  When we complete a repair with a matt or satin finish you will be impressed with the end result.  Once complete the repaired area will blend in perfectly with the existing paint.  A satin finish will leave a softer black look and matt will leave a flatter black look.

Shadow Chrome Wheels

Shadow Chrome Wheels compared to all the other types of wheels listed that we repair are probably the least common. Shadow chrome wheels can be painted in various shades from a darker shade, almost like a light black right down to a shade almost the same as standard silver. Usually the shade shadow chrome wheels are painted in is somewhere in-between silver and black. This type of wheel repair is not offered by all wheel repair companies as only advanced painters are comfortable completing the additional steps required to perform a quality shadow chrome wheel repair. Shadow Chrome wheels are painted in such a way that reflects light from different angles. When we complete the work the damaged area will be repaired and blended into the initial paintwork leaving the wheel refurbished to as good as new


Silver is still the most common type of wheel being found on all cars.  There are many different shades of silver from light silver to gunmetal grey.  No matter what type of silver you have, we will be able to match the colour and provide you with an excellent end result.

Machine Finish or Diamond Cut

Machine finished or diamond cut wheels began being released on vehicles after 2010 and seem to be becoming more and more popular on all types of vehicles as time goes on.  The wheel designs can be quite intricate with breaks and figure like designs in between the machine polished parts of the alloy. The most common version of diamond cut wheels usually have a dark gun metal inside and a machine face running along the outside lip.

There are two ways we can repair these types of wheels

A. The alloy wheel needs to come off the tyres and put under our diamond tip lathe. Once the wheel is on the lathe the in-built computer system is programmed according to the design of the wheel. A small layer of alloy is skimmed off the top restoring the wheels to an amazing finish like brand new. If your machined wheels have heavy damage right around the wheel then this repair method is the only option Please click on the link below for full information on this type of repair.

CNC Wheel Diamond Cut Machining

B. The no frills but still cost effective, high quality method to repair diamond cut wheels is to mask off the dark inside part of the wheel and prepare the silver machined area we are repairing as perfect as humanly possible. This allows us to replicate a finish very close to a machine. Once this is done we put a thin layer of paint over the top which blends into the wheel making it very difficult to see a repair has been done. This method works best when the damage is not heavy and deep. We can access the level of damage once we see pictures of the wheels you would like repaired




Full Repaint & Colour Change

You may have recently purchased a new vehicle and don’t like the colour of the wheels that come with the car. Scratch Vanish has a solution to your conundrum. Why not specify a colour for us to paint your wheels in and we’ll do it professionally and properly. Full repainting of wheels to replicate the new product works best on alloys that have minimal damage and are no more than 5 years old. We remove the wheels from the car, repair the damage and paint the wheels in your chosen colour. You could chose from a standard colour such as shown in our examples or you may have a particular colour that you know the name of that we can custom mix ourselves. Please contact us for more information.

Alloy wheel repair

Our prices depend on how much damage there is.  Most of our competitors will give a flat price no matter how much damage there is.  If the damage is less than ¼ of the wheel we would usually be able to give a 20-25% discount on standard pricing.

Please send us photos clearly showing the damage for an accurate quote.

Click the get a quote button for contact options