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Diamond Plate Toolbox Cleaner

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Total.Lawn.Care, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    Has anyone got a good product recommendation for a cleaner to clean up Diamond Plate Aluminum Tool Boxes? If so, where did you get it, and how did you use it for best results?

    I switched my tool box from my old truck to my new truck and it really needs to be shined up a bit, but I do not what will be the best.
     
  2. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    Long Haul Truck Metal Polish. We have lots of aluminum wheels and chrome and we have tried many products. This stuff is much better then the mothers polish we used to use and also better then alcoa polish. It literally cut our time in half, it must be something in the formula but it is a much better product. We get it at the local NAPA. Also,for diamond plate you may want to look into a powerball attachment for drills, works great.
     
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    a simple diamond plate cleaner at your local parts store is fine ive even seen them at lowes and home cheapo
     
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,432

  5. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    I'm going to have to try that Long Haul stuff that 2004F550 suggested. I was going to suggest the mothers stuff, but if his stuff works twice as fast, get that. You might want to invest in a buffer as well. Not the orbital type. They don't spin fast enough. If they're real badly oxidized and nasty, you might have to start with something more abrasive. I did the wheels on my dump truck(I bought it used)and they started out black. You couldn't even tell they were aluminum. I started with 150 grit sandpaper and worked my way down to 1500 and then polished it with the mothers and a buffer. It looked like chrome. It wasn't the look I was going for so I dulled it with 1500. The guy I bought the truck from was pissed when he saw it. He probably could have gotten a couple thousand more had he cleaned the truck up a bit. Anyway, have fun.
     
  6. Turf Terror

    Turf Terror LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    Aluma-Brite...available at NAPA.
    You can squirt it on with a pressure washer's chemical tip. Let it set for a while, then powerwash it off. This is for aluminum that has lost it's polish. It leaves the aluminum bright, but can diminish the polished shine on new aluminum.

    ATLAS Safe Truck Wash – ATLAS is designed to safely clean polished aluminum and painted surfaces of over the road tractors, trailers, and other type commercial vehicles without damage when used as directed. This one is recommended for cleaning polished aluminum, and will not diminish the shine.

    Both products run around $15/gallon.
     
  7. Turf Terror

    Turf Terror LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

  8. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    Good pts ^^, if the alum. is very bad start with a wash. We use the Long Haul on well taken care of wheels to get a mirror finish.
     
  9. mikes landscaping

    mikes landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from kansas
    Posts: 298

    aluma guard is the way to go.
     
  10. bigshoe

    bigshoe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    We only use Wenol now , I have not tried most of the polishes listed here before besides mothers. But from all the polishes I have used Wenol is by far the best that I have tried. I will say that I do not have any diamond plate so I have never tried it on that but for polishing chrome and aluminum it cant be beat. I actually just polished my platinum weeding ring with it last night and looks great and it seems to be soft enough to not harm it. I have never really seen it in stores though so I buy it from the same distributor each time. I can give you his web site if you like, But here is the main site not sure if it has distributors or not hope this helps.

    http://www.wenol.com/

    Apparently that is a distributors site and not the main one, so here is the guys site I get mine from.
    http://www.shinesbrite.com/
     

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