Frequently Asked Diamond Plate Installation Questions

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

General Questions

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 the 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. Our .125 inch thick aluminum diamond plate material is 1/8″ thick.
Diamond Plate Thickness Comparison

Diamond Plate Thickness Comparison

Do you sell thicker diamond plate sheets in small quantities <20?

For local pickup only.  Due to the logistics of our free shipping over $400 policy, and the logistics involved with freight shipping, we do not offer our .045 or .125″ thick material to be shipped in quantities of less than 20 sheets.

Do you have any reviews from real customers?

YES,  We pride ourselves for having great product and excellent customer service.  Check out our reviews page for real-world reviews.

Shipping Questions

How is the embossed .025" material shipped?

All of our full Embossed 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 products ship from our facility in from Golden, Colorado via UPS.
A box full of awesome diamond plate sheets available only at onlinediamondplate.com

A box full of awesome diamond plate sheets available only at onlinediamondplate.com

How is the finish protected during shipping and installation?

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.
.125" Thick Diamond Plate Sheets available for Wholesale Pricing

PVC Protective Coating Applied to all Sheets for finish Protection

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.

Wholesale Questions

Do you sell bulk diamond plate for discounted prices?

Yes! Online Diamond Plate offers Wholesale Pricing for purchases of 20 sheets or more and includes FREE SHIPPING ON WHOLESALE ORDERS!

Do you sell moldings wholesale?

Yes!  We offer our Moldings in Wholesale quantities and discounts in 8′ lengths.

How do I qualify for Wholesale Pricing?

Anybody can get our wholesale pricing.  Our wholesale diamond plate products area is intended to provide a quick and easy way for diamond plate contractors, manufacturers, and installers to purchase bulk quantities of diamond plate sheets and accessories, and anyone can view the pricing and place orders by visiting our Wholesale page.

Do you sell products Wholesale which are not for sale individually?

Yes.  Some products are ONLY available  in our “Wholesale” section.  This includes our 8 foot lengths of diamond plate moldings and diamond plate corner guards along with thicker .045” and .125”, 4’ x 8’ sheets of aluminum diamond plate

How long does it take to ship wholesale orders?

Wholesale orders typically take 1-2 weeks to ship, but can take up to 4 weeks depending on inventory and schedule at time of order.

How are Diamond Plate wholesale orders packaged?

All wholesale aluminum tread sheet products will be shipped flat on pallets and customers may require a dock and forklift with extended forks for receipt.

How are Wholesale Orders shipped?

All wholesale products include FREE Ground shipping within the continental United States and require purchase of at least 20 pieces.