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I discovered something new today!

So I was going to prep my bed rails and paint them black after numerous attempts at getting them sparkling clean (I got them for free oxidized as hell, so I was trying to make them like new again).

I decided to spray some paint stripper on them because I figured ah hell, it's not gonna make it worse, plus I'm planning on painting them black anyways. Why not, give it a try.

Sprayed about a 8in area thoroughly and let it sit for about 3-4mins. Took it to the hose and washed it off. It creates a gel like thing that comes off. I almost **** my pants at how well it clean it and took off any contamination ie: oxidation. So I went about 2/3 the way across the whole tailgate cover with the stripper, again let it set and then washed it off. Again I was shocked. So I took my mothers ball to half of the 2/3 that i stripped.... And wow. It's amazing what I was able to discover today. Anyone looking to clean their diamond plate up that won't clean, do this. It's like $6/can for the stripper... The mothers ball is about $20-25 and the polish is about $12 or so...

Hell even if you find them used all oxidized and dirty for cheap, do this.. That's what I did and got amazing results... The pics don't do it much justice, but well worth the money and the hour I spent on the tailgate piece...

You decide, what do you think?

Here's the stripper:

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The stripper in action:

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Here's the 3 areas to show what went where and stuff:

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Results and comparison (to the untouched, for the most part, bedside piece):


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Holy shiny diamond plate Batman! That's amazing. Good find. Looks like they just came out of the box.
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I know huh?! It's crazy... I can't believe no one found this before!
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are you still going to paint them now that you can get them all cleaned up?
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I'm gonna have to remember this!
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No, I got them all cleaned up so I'm gonna polish them now and put em on!
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Lookin' good!
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so all you did was spray the paint stripped on, wipe off? I may have to do this to my tool box on the trailer
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will this work on my tool box?
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No spray the stripper on, and let it sit and wash it off with a hose... then take a mothers ball to it if you want!
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Ive found that PERMATEX Gasket Remover works well on removing stuff also. Ive used it to remove powder coating before worked well....
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sweet! nice tip, better keep it polished!
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Wonder what it would do to a set of polished rims....

May have to dig out the oldie from the old truck and test it out.....
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I'm almost positive it will work, same material... Works on aluminum diamond plate why not a rim?

If you do, I would make sure there's no tire on it, I dunno what it'll do to rubber.
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Wonder what it would do to a set of polished rims....

May have to dig out the oldie from the old truck and test it out.....
I was just talking to Tre about the same thing on AIM, I'm gonna try it on my Classic IIs.
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I was just talking to Tre about the same thing on AIM, I'm gonna try it on my Classic IIs.
Let us know how it does on your rims and I may give it a try on my old hotwheels.
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Are yours not cleared? They looked like they were
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I think they are/were, but they don't look as good as when I got them anymore.
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I don't think it will do anything to stuff that is cleared. Just bare aluminum, its worth a try though!
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Ya, and if it messes them up no biggie. I was hoping to sell them, but whatever.
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it looks awesome!

The only thing I'm worried about is won't you have to keep it twice as polished from now on or wouldn't it oxidize at a quicker rate untreated?..
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wow that looks great!!!
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I dunno man, I"ll llet you know when it oxidizes... When it does, it doesn't take long to do this again and the next time I have to or want to do this, I'm gonna throw a coat or 2 of clear coat on it to keep it polished... We'll see how it holds up now!
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wow cool thats pretty sweet will have to keep that in mind for both of my cars and when working on friends cars.
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I would have never thought of that it looks great though nice find man
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