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    Default Diamond Plate Cleaning

    What is the best way to polish up old diamond plate. We have tried several diff things but results are usually temporary, or spotty.
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    It looks like a lot of people want to know how to clean diamond plate with 130 views of this thread!!

    We have a 1981 ALF that we worked very hard on last summer. We used this stuff called "Trailer Brightener" that is used on semis, then used LOTS of Mothers brand compound/polish.

    This is on a truck that has worked VERY hard over the 21 years it has been in service.

    It is being retired, and while we are excited to get our new aerial, it will be missed by all!
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    Default Cleaning Diamondplate

    I have used a product .. I believe it was called "BRITE" it worked pretty good, but requires ALOT of elbow grease if the plating is very dirty ....... and usually requires almost yearly cleaning to keep it looking good.
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    A company makes this stuff in a two step process. Step 1 is an aluminum deoxidizer and step 2 is a Purple Metal Polish.

    Works great.

    California Custom
    P.O. Box 5019
    Upland, CA 91785
    (800) 457-1242

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    We have been using Mothers for years, but as of late we have been using a product called "Speedy" which gives the same results with a lot less effort.

    Click here to see the results
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    TCFD 12, Where do get "Speedy"?
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    We also have been using "speedy" its amazing how well and easy it is. we got ours from KME in Pennsylvania. It's made by metal doctors, Plains,Pa. i dont know if its still available or not. stay safe

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    Bob,

    We buy it at a local truck stop here in CT.

    Try this though:Speedy Website
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    We have found just about any quality metal polish like Mother's, Amsoil and other brands work well. The amount of elbow grease you need will depend on how long you let the diamond plate go to hell before you decided to take care of it. The best applicator, buffer we have found is a piece of old carpet. Cut off a chunk that is manageable and polish the metal and buff with a dry clean towel. It doesn't take long to get a good shine. The more rookies you have the faster it goes.

    To keep it looking good and especially on new apparatus, keep a good coat of wax on your diamondplate to keep the road chemicals from eating it up.

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    Cool Rolite

    Try using Rolite. This has worked well for us and the key to getting diamound plate to shine is to look how the grain in the aluminum runs. if you have deep scratches use some 120 grit sandpaper and go with the grain, after that use a Scotch brite pad with Rolite on it, remember with the grain. Then after tale some paper towel, toiletpaper and buff. it takes some elbow grease and even more if it has not been cleaned in some time. By now the point shold be taken always go with the grain of the aluminum. After the initial cleaning keep it up when time allows, and admire the shine.

    The company that manufactures this address is;
    Rolite Company
    596 Progress Dr,
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    http://www.airsuppliers.com/aircraftparts/rolite.asp

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