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Old 10-07-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Diamond plate.........

I know there are different opinions on diamond plate here. Some like, and some don't. Until now I was one that didn't. I recently had my YJ painted. Below the doors I removed the factory steps. When I did I found several holes that had to be fiberglassed. Either way after the paint you could see some ripples in the metal. Below the windshield was the same way. Black paint is the worst for showing imperfections. When I primed it you couldn't see it. It wasn't that bad, but I didn't like it, so I decided to cover it. I looked around for diamond plate kits that would cover all I needed, but for what I needed I just didn't want to pay that much. It was a total of $160.00 plus shipping. I decided to make my own. I went to Lowes and picked up a sheet of diamond plate 24" by 48" for $55.00 and 3 jig saw blades for $7.00 and I went to work. Now 48" isn't as long as the kit I was looking at, but for the price I like it.











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Old 10-07-2010, 03:15 PM   #2
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I like it!! But then again, I am one of those people who like Diamond Plate!

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Old 10-07-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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i like it looks good on black i did the same thing except i painted my plate black to go on a midnight blue paint job
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:31 PM   #4
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Good work, the diamond plate and your Jeep look great.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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Looks good. I like diamond plate as long as it's tastefully done and not to excess
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #6
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Yeah, that does look good. And it probably didn't take that long to do. Good job!
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:02 PM   #7
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Yeah, that does look good. And it probably didn't take that long to do. Good job!
No it really didn't. From making the patterns to the install maybe 2 hours. Now thats not constant though. I took a few breaks during the process.
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:06 PM   #8
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looks good indeed, i am not a fan of the chrome look, but i like diamond plate
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:46 AM   #9
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Looks good. I took a old diamond plate bed rail cap off a long wheel base truck and flattened out the curve. Painted it black and slapped it on.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:40 AM   #10
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Does Lowes sale the black diamond plate? Because that is a really good job. I could buy the supplies, mess up a couple cuts & still come out cheaper than buying the pre cut stuff from Warrior or whoever else.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:47 AM   #11
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What'd you use to mount it?
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:58 AM   #12
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I'm one of those who only have diamond plate to cover up an imperfection on my tub. I want to get the matching strips that go under the door...
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:00 AM   #13
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yeah...what did you use for mounting ? bolts, rivets, ?
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:48 PM   #14
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yeah...what did you use for mounting ? bolts, rivets, ?
I used 3/16" rivets. I wanted something smoother than screws. The aluminum was so thin I didn't want to try and use counter sunk screws either.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:53 PM   #15
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Had some left over, so I thought I'd use it too............
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:04 PM   #16
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Very nice, I think it works well. I wanna use black dp on mine.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:04 PM   #17
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I used the diamond plate to replace the cheesy plastic filler panel between the front bumper and the grill as well.


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Old 10-19-2010, 04:56 PM   #18
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Diamond plate sure is pretty!
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:59 PM   #19
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^ Yeah it is! Looks great, very neat job. I've liked Diamond plate ever since I saw a Jeep on TV at some car show that's interior was completely decked out in Diamond plating. Floor liner, dashboard, door trim and all. Looked pretty epic!

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