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Brake Skimming

How does brake skimming work?

Brake skimming the process of skimming the brake discs of your vehicle to restore its surface. Most of the time, car owners choose ventilated discs but others choose solid discs. This service has gained popularity due to its affordability and ability to restore brake discs.

Brake skimming can be done more than once in a brake disc’s lifetime, giving us the alternative to have the service performed regularly instead of having the brake discs replaced when we do not have to. This can be done routinely in order to prolong the lifespan of the brake disc. 

Now that you know that brake skimming is essential, you need to be aware of the signs that indicate problems in your brake discs. Here are some of them:

  • The brake discs are rusty.
  • The brake pads are due for a change but the brake discs have not completely deteriorated yet. 
  • The brakes squeal whenever you use it.
  • The brake judders or vibrates whenever you use it.
  • The brake reaction is delayed or bouncy.


Before actually doing the process of skimming, the garage technician will measure the brake disc and make sure that there is enough surface to be skimmed. The technician will determine the surface thickness that is workable for your brake discs by looking at the manufacturer of your vehicle. 

If the surface thickness of your brake discs are too thin, the garage technician will advise you to have it replaced because you need to comply with the regulations of the manufacturers and the road safety laws. If the surface thickness of your brake discs are thick enough to be worked on, the technician will go ahead and skim your discs.

There are many perks for opting brake skimming. Here are some of the issues it can solve:

  • It can stop your brakes from squealing.
  • It can stop existing corrosion issues in your discs.
  • It can help you prepare for MOT tests by enhancing your vehicle’s brake efficiency.
  • It can remove the worn lip on your disc caused by repeated braking. 
  • It can remove particles, rust and dust that might interfere with your vehicle’s capacity to brake. 
  • It can solve the vibration issues of your brake system.
  • It can help you save money when servicing your vehicle.
  • It can keep your brake system from squeaking, squealing, juddering or pulsating.
  • It can remove friction debris or material that has been embedded into the brake disc.
  • It can enhance the performance of your brake system and keep you safe while driving.
  • It will give you an observable improvement in the performance of your brake system.
  • It can offer you the most favourable braking whenever you change the brake pads.


If you live in Swindon or the surrounding areas, you can call on Imperial Tyres to do the brake skimming for you. Their garage is equipped with the latest technology that will help any vehicle owner, especially you, save money, time and improve the overall braking performance of your vehicle. 

To sort out your brake issues, they have acquired the PRO-CUT PFM900. It is the very first fully automatic brake lathe that can be attached to your car. This technology has been designed to solve various brake-related problems:

  • When fitting new brake pads to your vehicle, the old pads might have worn your brake discs to a wedge shape, often manifesting as a sharp lip. This can dramatically reduce the performance and lifespan of your brake discs. 
  • Your brake discs may warp due to repeated heavy braking and distorted hubs. This repeated action will cause your disc to accumulate low spots, causing your brake system to judder and function poorly. 
  • Rust, dust and other debris can build up in your braking system. This will cause you to experience an overall poor braking performance and eventually, lead you to failed MOT tests. 

If you are experiencing any of these problems, the PRO-CUT PFM900 can provide the solution. The PRO-CUT PFM900 can be bolted directly to your car’s hub, making sure that your brake disc is resurfaced in accordance with your car’s hub axis. This is done to ensure that your brake disc and brake hub are matched perfectly with one another. 

While doing the brake skimming service, the garage technician can also check out other areas in your vehicle. Because the wheels are removed for this procedure, the garage technician can go ahead and check your shock absorbers, hydraulic hoses, suspension and the overall condition of your vehicle. 

If the garage technician will be able to identify issues other than problems with your brakes, he or she will be able to recommend other services that will ensure the roadworthiness of your vehicle, depending on the severity of your vehicle issues and your repair budget. 

How long does it take to skim your brakes? It will take around 10 minutes when automatic surface machining is used on your brake disc, so it will only take less than an hour to have all four disc brakes attended to.  

Your brake discs can be skimmed more than once and you only need to replace them when they have reached their minimum surface thickness. 

The PRO-CUT PFM900 technology has been approved by several car manufacturers and it will surely be a great fit for your vehicle too!

Since replacing your brake discs every time it shows an issue is very impractical, opting for brake skimming is a low-cost option, good quality service and a practical solution for your brake system problems.

Save time and money and get your brakes skimmed today!

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