More and more food truck builders are brightening up the insides of their custom food trucks with metal diamond plate especially on the floors. The problem with this product is that it can be tough to keep it bright and shiny with all of the cooking that is done inside these mobile kitchens. Today we’ll give you a simple tip for polishing diamond plate.
Learning how to polish diamond plate requires a little knowledge about the surface and the best way to keep it clean. Diamond plate surfaces are made from steel or aluminum and has raised, diamond-shaped treads on the surface. These surfaces are typically found on a food truck’s kitchen floor and usually come unfinished.
Polishing Diamond Plate In Your Food Truck
If you don’t have a metal grinder with polishing wheel or the time to break out the wax when it is time to start polishing diamond plate floors in your food truck, this tip can save you time and money.
The next time you or a friend is remodeling a home be sure to collect some carpet scraps before the carpet gets to the trash bin. Carpet scraps make the world’s best polishing pad for diamond plate. Carpet, especially the shorter nap shag, doesn’t leave threads behind or come apart as it is pushed across the rough diamond plate. It’s mildly abrasive texture quickly removes tarnish and when used with a good chrome polish, allows you to cover a lot of area quickly.
We recommend pushing the pad hard in the direction of one set of diamonds, then following the angle of the other pattern. This gets the carpet fibers tight against the plate’s raised portions giving a superb cleaning. Finish off the job with a microfiber cloth.
If you don’t have scrap carpet, poke around in the trash bins of the local carpet dealer. One stop and you should find enough carpet scraps to last for several years.
The Bottom Line
The beauty of diamond plate makes the cleaning well worth the effort. Polished diamond plate will dress up any plain food truck interior. Cleaning the diamond plate in your food truck will take some time and elbow grease, but the results are well worth the effort.