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How to polish diamond plate

Is their any kind of spray I can use to get my old tool box looking like new?
so far I;ve used mag & aluminum polish but it takes forever by hand
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oooo... I'll try it
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or buy wal-mart wheel cleaner. green bottle, all-purpose 2001 or sumthin like that. used it on my bumper chrome and stainless tips. so shiny i could hardly look at it.
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to clean an alum toobox, youll need a polish, not a cleaner. do what zach said
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Yep I just ordered that polish finally, cant wait to use it on my new wheels and the dull toolbox. And Zach I need to try those things out you put on a drill never seen those before.
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they work good
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i think mothers has a powerball thingie that you can get at your local auto parts stores, ive seen it in action and it works pretty well
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am really partial i dont like mothers products after using them but i cant say i have tryed that yet
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im a meguiars guy myself, but the mothers thing is just a tool, im sure its not even made by them. i would give it a try, its probably easier to come across
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im a meguiars guy myself, but the mothers thing is just a tool, im sure its not even made by them. i would give it a try, its probably easier to come across
if memory serves right it already has mothers poilish like on it. i might be wrong
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the mothers power ball is dry, i have one and it works good.

for really hard to clean alm. diamond plate 0000 steel wool works excellent. it actually takes the first layer off, which is usually oxidized to hell anyway. polishing works but nothing like light-medium pressure with some steel wool. being its alm u can do it several times without hurting it. follow up with polishing and a wax coat to keep it looking new.

FYI i bought a used diamond plate tool box that was never cleaned. i spent 10-12 hrs polishing it (rubbing it in by hand and removed by hand then resorted to a buffer to apply and remove) and the shine with the steel wool is 10x better.

i dont know about trying this on alm wheels as they need to be resurfaced with a rouge stone in several steps then polished to keep the like chrome shine.
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I went to the parts place and they didnt have it so I bought the mothers aluminum & mag polish for ~$5. And my dad had an orbital buffer in his truck so I borrowed it and the tool box looks almost brand new. Do you think a pressure washer would help?
I'll post some pics latter today of the tool box.
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One of the best things to bring aluminum to a final shine is dry terry cloth rag and bread flour.
Load rag with flour and start rubbing, as the flour turns black it will fall away, will bring aluminum to a mirror shine
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i may try the flour/terry towel truck.

i can attest to the mother mag/alm polish and power ball. works EXCELLENT on armerican racing polished alm. wheels.
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i may try the flour/terry towel truck.

i can attest to the mother mag/alm polish and power ball. works EXCELLENT on armerican racing polished alm. wheels.
Used to do the tunnel on my skidoo with flour, works awesome for final shine.
Just make sure you let the blackened flour fall away and keep clean flour as the polishing agent., its not abrasive like many cleaners
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so the flour is in the rag or sprinkled on the surface to be polished?
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so the flour is in the rag or sprinkled on the surface to be polished?
On the surface, be generous with the flour, you want the blackened flour to fall away, so your always polishing with clean flour, and flour is CHEAP
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true....I cant find the powerball anywhere
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sweet! this works on most metal surfaces? Or just aluminum stuff?
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im gunna try this tomorrow if i remember. hope it works on my wheels.
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sweet! this works on most metal surfaces? Or just aluminum stuff?
On uncoated aluminum, need to clean it as normal, wont remove heavy oxidation, just as a final polish to bring up the shine
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so is the "Flitz" any good?...ive heard mixed comments
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yesterday i was at lowes and they have a section with truck toolboxes and there was some cleaner that said that it was specifically for toolboxes...maybe you could try that.
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My parents are retired and have a Volvo Semi converted into a 5th Wheel hauler and have TONS of diamond plate on it. He has tried everything under the sun to clean his up. He has found a bunch of stuff that works good but the easiest stuff that he found was actualy AMSOIL Metal Polish! I am not trying to just promote AMSOIL here. It is 100% fact. Look at these pictures and you will understand why he was looking for the easiest stuff to use. He has about 5 times more the area to cover then we do with our tool boxes and bedrails! He was spending DAYS cleaning his diamond plate! He would do 1 panel at a time per day. I introduced this AMSOIL Metal polish to him as ANOTHER thing to try out. He was so shocked with how well it worked that he now buys it by the case! He has tried everything from Wizards metal polish to Everything on the retail shelf. He has went to professional grade products including 3M polishes and none of them cleaned & polished as easy or as well as this AMSOIL Metal polish! And best of all it isn't that expensive. At about $10 a bottle he was able to do his truck a few times before needing to grab a new bottle. He uses it with an orbital buffer to apply and to remove. He can not say enough about it. Matter of fact he took a case of it with him to KS to meet some Retired friends and they all bought him out of stock on it! hahahahhahaha so now he needs to buy another case :) OK enough with my chatter here is some pictures.

Notice all of the top is Diamond Plate and ALL the way around the bottom!


Some pictures of the lids.
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