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Old 05-31-2006, 12:16 AM   #15
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Yes, VCT means "Vinyl Composition Floor"...

If you go with the 3/8" thick over plywood, I'd definately be concerned about the added weight ~ even if it doesn't go beneath the cabinets. HAve you upgraded your axles or do you plan on doing so?

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Old 05-31-2006, 06:56 AM   #16
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I found this while in my travels....sort of same idea...looks pretty cool for sure!

Site has some pretty nice customs also...

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Old 06-08-2006, 12:21 PM   #17
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jonathan[/quote]

That rubber diamond plate looks pretty cool, I may look into that approach. I wonder though how the diamonds would feel when going barefoot -- maybe they squish down?
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Old 06-08-2006, 12:40 PM   #18
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I wonder though how the diamonds would feel when going barefoot -- maybe they squish down?
You would feel them. While the rubber flooring is softer under foot than metal would be, it's definately not "squishy", it's more like VCT or vinyl flooring.

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Old 06-08-2006, 12:43 PM   #19
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Crazylev is right. I've seen diamond plate pattern industrial linoleum or plastic in silver. Some years ago, I was in a factory or dealership in the Los Angeles area where they had various patterns and colors. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name or the location, but it's in the south side somewhere. Seems that it would be more comfortable to walk on (not as conductive as aluminum) lighter and easier to install.
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Its a lot cheaper-

If you find .060 or .050 diamond plate, or 5 bar tread plate which is what it sounds like you're after. I buy it for about $85 for a 4 X 8 sheet at an aluminum wholesale distributor. It weighs nothing- really light and comes polished. I've used it on many things and its easy to work with and cut at that thickness...

I've also seen what the others are talking about- its rubber and used as a mat for flooring, and pretty durable. I sourced it once but never bought any, and it was through a marine distributor that I found it- was available in many colors- some really ugly.

Tread plate is really common in Europe- you never can find real DP there, its ALL tread- I like the DP better, but just my taste- I've sandblasted it and black anodized it for my Harley- flat black DP- beautiful stuff...
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industrial vs domestic

Daimond plate, rubber or metal has a cool look, but depending upon the use your rig is going to fulfill, it may amount to form over function. If you take your shoes off occasionally, wood (bamboo) or carpet or linoleum are far friendlier and are better insolators. OSH sells the rubber diamond mat by the linear foot in 3 or 4 foot width with a yellow safety border. I used it my volvo truck. I have vinyl w/throws and institutional grade carpet in the Excella. I've pursued many a great, if not unique idea far beyond the bounds of redemption more times than I care to admit–I had to get married to get it under control.
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Not to be used as flooring. They do have plastic diamond plate, that comes in chorme. For decorating other areas.
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My experience on trucks tells me diamond plate is a real mud and dirt catcher.
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