Diamond Plate wall panel install techniques

Contact Cement:  Paint the contact cement onto the wall as well as the back of the sheets and allow time to development “tack”  Start from one end and slowly move you hands from the top and bottom sliding to the other end of the sheet( much like a sticker)  This can be combined with screw fasteners in each corner and middle of the sheets for added application pressure.

Self tapping screws:  Ideally the screws are anchoring into wood or concrete (drywall only has the potential of releasing over time unless combined with a glue adhesive as well) Lean the sheet into place ands start at the bottom of one end.  Place one screw, then go roughly the middle of the sheet at the bottom and place another screw.  Take care to flatten sheet prior to placing the second screw.  Then go back to the top of the end you started with and place a screw.  Repeat across the sheet as needed

Vinyl Floor Tape:  This is a roll of double stick tape.  Apply to the back of the sheet along the top, bottom and middle.  Include some vertical tape at ends and the middle.  Place near the wall and remove the tape paper.  Start at one end and use smooth pressure much like a large sticker.  Screw fasteners can also be added for extra security.

Liquid nail glue or similar:  This technique is much like the contact cement.  Apply to wall OR sheet, then start from one end and smoothly apply pressure down the sheet to stick to the wall.

What is the best way to install diamond plate (wainscoting)?

Check out our YouTube videos: CLICK HERE.  We recommend installing diamond plate wall panels over an existing substrate such as drywall, plywood or concrete for added rigidity and strength.  Depending on the substrate beneath there are at least four different ways to install your diamond plate wall panels: Self-tapping screws, contact cement, double sided vinyl floor tape  or adhesives like Liquid Nails.  MAKE sure to plan ahead for any trim moldings in the corners, seams between sheets, or top moldings.

What is the best way to finish the top, corners or seam sheets together?

Online Diamond Plate’s offers a wide selection of trim molding trim to provide a professional finish to the top, corners, and seams.

What is the best way to cut embossed aluminum diamond plate sheets?

This material is rather easy to work with and cut with tin snips or airplane shears.

      1. Wear gloves as it can also cut you easily.
      2. Use a straight edge (T-square) to mark using a marker (on pvc layer)
      3. You can also use electric metal shear, jig saw or grinder but these are not necessary
      4. A drill will be needed if you plan to make an interior sheet cutout such as an outlet or switch.  The tin snips can then be used to make the cutout

What is the best way to unpackage full sheet from the diamond plate box?

 Upon receipt of the box lay it on its side, open the two ends and cut one corner  (take care as the sheets are rolled and spring open when removed from the box.)  After removing the diamond plate from the box, we recommend turning the sheets on their face (protective PVC layer down) and playing something flat on top of them like a piece of plywood or drywall.  This will help flatten the sheets prior to installation.  It may also help to “back-roll” (roll the diamond plate sheets the  opposite of the way they arrived) to reduce rolled memory.

How are our full sheets of embossed aluminum diamond (.025” thick) plate shipped?

All of our full sheets and wall panels are rolled and shipped in a large custom designed box roughly 18” x 18” x  48” in size.  All of our diamond plate sheets are shipped with thin protective pvc film that can be removed like a sticker once the install is complete.  The PVC prevents scratching and damage during shipping and installation.  All items ship from our facility in from Golden, Colorado via UPS or Fed-Ex Ground.  Shipping  takes 3-6 days depending on your location

What does “embossed” mean?

Our embossed diamond plate is processed from flat aluminum sheet by stamping.  This stamping process leaves a void behind each diamond plate knob where it was pushed up from the back of the sheet.

How thick is this material?

 Our embossed aluminum diamond plate material is .025 inches thick, which is roughly half the thickness of a dime or 23 gauge.  Our .045 inch thick aluminum diamond plate material is roughly the thickness of a dime or 18 gauge and is flat on the back.