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Old 02-08-2014, 09:12 AM   #1
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Diamond Plate Rock Guard???

Can anyone tell me if the diamond plate rock guard on the A128S is actual diamond plate or plastic look-a-like?

If it's the real thing, can you tell me what to use to polish it? I have a couple of spots that looks like it's turning off color and I would love to polish it out.

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:22 AM   #2
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If your plate is metal it will be aluminum so something like Mothers Mag and aluminum polish with a couple coats of wax on top for protection.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Its aluminum & like FordIdaho said, we use Mothers...its extra work with having an aluminum tool on the deck as well...but looks great when done!
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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since real diamond plate is really heavy I would say no, just flick with your finger and you should be able to tell the diff real fast.. if it hurt then diamond plate
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:04 PM   #5
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Thanks everybody. I'll get some polish today and work on it next week while it's cold and raining again. Shezzz.
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Can anyone tell me if the diamond plate rock guard on the A128S is actual diamond plate or plastic look-a-like?
I checked mine this morning, tapping is with a steel key ring. It sounds like plastic to me, rather than aluminum. I was dressed for work so I didn't make a visual check. But feeling under the trailer where the cover bends under the front revealed an uncovered edge of the material. I suspect a close inspection of the edge would be sufficient to discover the type of material used.

BTW, a strong plastic is probably the best material for this position as it would be less prone to denting than any aluminum that was thin enough to be of a usable weight. The diamond plate pattern is there for looks.

The original purpose of the diamond pattern is to provide traction when walking on an slick but durable metal surface. No one would ever think of using that this plastic for a walking surface because the particular pattern in the plastic lacks the sharp edges that help with traction.
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Just got back from automotive store....bought some Mother's Alum and mag cleaner....tried a small area on the rock guard...it must be aluminum cause it shines like new money.

Going to take a lot of elbow grease to clean and polish the entire rockguard but can't do much of anything else right now with the weather not cooperating.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #8
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slap a mothers power ball on your drill and polish it that way.....way less elbow or grease for us lazy people...lol

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it must be aluminum cause it shines like new money.
Good to know. It will save me some time grungeing under my camper on dirty we concrete and cursing that I forgot my reading glasses.
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When we first brought the trailer home, I thought the same thing, that it was plastic. DH said it was not & got the Mothers polish and showed me how shiny it got with a little bit of effort. Dang, now I have it on my list each year at the start of the seasob. Haha
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