Like Tree0Likes

Aluminum diamondplate questions.

Reply
Old 04-02-2002, 11:05 PM
  #11
Charter Member#203
Charter Member
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Ft.Myers, Fl/ Atlanta, Ga/ Worldwide
My Boats: 98 Scarab 302 Sport
Posts: 12,567
Default

oh yea cutting it , take it somewhere that has a power shear, you will thank yourself, and maybe save $$$$$$$$
Pete B is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 12:12 AM
  #12
Registered
 
Cattitude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Tulsa, OK, Grand, Beaver, LOTO
My Boats: '97 Scarb Thunder, '06 Formula 330ss for sale
Posts: 1,213
Default Hi tech options

It might be a litTle more spendy but the results will be worth it- find a waterjet shop than can cut all your features using a CNC waterjet

or

Bigger sign shops work with 1/8 aluminum all the time, have a big table and basically a cnc router that will produce first class results. The stuff bends in a brake easy unless you go thicker than 1/8 then you need bigger presses. Good luck
Cattitude is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 01:23 PM
  #13
Registered
 
jrocket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Byron Georgia
My Boats: 1991 Formula 242LS
Posts: 473
Default

While we ae on the subject of diamondplate, what is the best way to finish out the edges? example I am cutting plate to replace the walkarounds on my trailer, do I just radius and polish until smoth and even or is there some other type of trim I can ad to look a little more finished?
jrocket
jrocket is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 02:34 PM
  #14
Registered
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Peoria, AZ, USA
My Boats: 1997 22' Advantage Sport Cat
Posts: 97
Default

Any good places on line to get the diamond plate? Do the big home improvement stores carry it?

Craig
mltdwn12 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 03:22 PM
  #15
Gold Member
Gold Member
 
Iggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Kissimmee, Florida
My Boats: '88 Formula F-206 LS
Posts: 4,155
Default

Traviss,
When you have it bent do not let them use a bend radius thats smaller than the material thickness (tread thickness + plate thickness). If the radius is too small you're guaranteed to crack it.
If you bend it parallel to the grain you'll possibly get what look like small cracks on the surface at the bend radius. They aren't really sracks, not deep enough, more like material separation along the grain. Happens all the time. If you use a bend radius larger than the material thickness chances are it won't happen at all.
If the material is 6061 it's some tough stuff but you can bend it, we do it here all the time with no problems. Just watch your radius.
If you do cut it yourself wear ear protecton. If you have any neighbors that are talking to you now, they won't be after you're done cutting it. It will be LOUD! Better off finding a sheet metal shop to shear it for you.
Iggy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 09:29 PM
  #16
Charter Member#203
Charter Member
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Ft.Myers, Fl/ Atlanta, Ga/ Worldwide
My Boats: 98 Scarab 302 Sport
Posts: 12,567
Default

also if your putting it in a corrosive enviroment, i would get it anodized or painted/powdercoated. if water can be trapped underneath it dont ever pull it up you will not like what you will see
Pete B is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2002, 11:01 PM
  #17
Ginger or Mary Ann?
Charter Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
US1 Fountain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Lafayette. IN
Posts: 10,868
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by mltdwn12
Any good places on line to get the diamond plate? Do the big home improvement stores carry it?

Craig

Menards sells it.
__________________
Some people are like Slinkies - Not really good for anything, but they
bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
US1 Fountain is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2002, 08:37 PM
  #18
Registered
 
27 FOUNTAIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: hamilton ,ohio USA
My Boats: 1991, 27 FOUNTAIN
Posts: 99
Default

Try one of my favorite places, the scrapyard, buy it by the pound!
27 FOUNTAIN is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
CrazyCat57
Fiberglass and Paint
4
10-22-2007 01:05 AM
berns29scarab
Trucks, Trailers and Transportation
3
10-29-2006 04:56 PM
ScottB
General Boating Discussion
30
05-02-2004 05:38 PM
Red Stripe
General Q & A
7
05-28-2002 07:48 AM
ViciousOne
General Boating Discussion
15
03-14-2002 12:17 AM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:21 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.