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mcgyver1467 10-07-2010 03:12 PM

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.

VolForce 10-07-2010 03:15 PM

I like it!! But then again, I am one of those people who like Diamond Plate!

nyvulcanman 10-07-2010 03:27 PM

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

ammoniaman 10-07-2010 03:31 PM

Good work, the diamond plate and your Jeep look great.

Heavy D 10-07-2010 08:16 PM

Looks good. I like diamond plate as long as it's tastefully done and not to excess

bc40ton 10-08-2010 06:49 PM

Yeah, that does look good. And it probably didn't take that long to do. Good job!

mcgyver1467 10-08-2010 11:02 PM


Originally Posted by bc40ton (Post 809362)
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.

Explorer_of_the_Void 10-08-2010 11:06 PM

looks good indeed, i am not a fan of the chrome look, but i like diamond plate

Bean68 10-10-2010 03:46 AM

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.

billy_YJ 10-10-2010 08:40 AM

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.

Schwheelz 10-10-2010 08:47 AM

What'd you use to mount it?

billy_YJ 10-10-2010 08:58 AM

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...

jvc 10-10-2010 09:00 AM

yeah...what did you use for mounting ? bolts, rivets, ?

mcgyver1467 10-13-2010 06:48 PM


Originally Posted by jvc (Post 811477)
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.

mcgyver1467 10-13-2010 06:53 PM

Had some left over, so I thought I'd use it too............

SUBZEROCOOL 10-13-2010 09:04 PM

Very nice, I think it works well. I wanna use black dp on mine.

NewYJOwner 10-19-2010 04:04 PM

I used the diamond plate to replace the cheesy plastic filler panel between the front bumper and the grill as well.

N39-W120 10-19-2010 04:56 PM

Diamond plate sure is pretty!

Italia 10-19-2010 04:59 PM

^ 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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