Making Diamond Treadplate Reflective Using Dots, Circles, Squares or Panels – Article 1

Free Sample Pack.  Most firetruck manufacturers integrate diamond plate (treadplate) into their vehicles.  On horizontal surfaces this creates a nice non skid surface.  When applied vertically it does look good, however, it creates a problem when the fire department wants to make that area reflective.  This is especially relevant on the rear of the vehicle where the NFPA 1901 guideline states that 50% should be striped with reflective yellow and red chevrons.  On flat surfaces the chevrons are easily created using red and yellow Rolls of Reflective Striping. On tread plate or diamond plate reflective patterns or stripes can be created using 3/4″ dots, rounded squares or reflective appliques (panels).  The 3/4″ dots are applied to the flat area between the raised treads.  Specially designed reflective appliques/panels/overlays can be placed over the treads for more coverage.  Applying the dots, squares or overlays is a little time consuming but very simple.  Since the dots or overlays sit below the treads they are somewhat protected.  When using reflective dots or squares it is also easy to create numbers or letters within the diamond plate.

We carry the 3/4″ dots, 3/4″ rounded squares, 3/4″ squares and overlays in a highly reflective prismatic material called Reflexite V98.  All provide a viable solution to making diamond plate reflective so that it conforms to the NFPA 1901 standards.   They can be ordered at www.reflectiveshapes.com The pictures below show the 3/4″ dots installed on a fire truck.  As you can see, the result is amazing and as I stated before, very simple.  Just peel and stick.

Taken with a flash camera.

Reflective Dots & Shapes for Diamond Plate – Free Sample Pack

Free Samples – Reflexite V98 Reflective Dots, Circles, Overlays (Appliques) and Chevron Strips. (available at www.reflectiveshapes.com

When a fire truck or emergency vehicle pulls up to an accident scene, cars approaching from the rear need to be able to clearly see the vehicle. Applying reflective dots to the rear of the truck or trailer solves this problem. Creating striped reflective patterns on diamond tread plate can be a challenge.  However, this process is made easy when you use reflective dots, circles, rounded squares, overlay panels or our newest product, chevron strips.  The application of these shapes is very simple.  Just peel, stick and press on.

Before you begin the task of making diamond tread plate reflective we suggest you let us mail you a “free sample pack” of the 3/4″ circles, rounded squares, octagons and overlay panels.  To get a sample pack just email your name and address to steve@reflectivestore.com and request a V98 diamond plate solutions sample pack.  You can also call us at 850-934-3157.  Our reflective shapes can be ordered at www.reflectiveshapes.com .  By getting the samples first you will be able to inspect the material and will be able to test it on your diamond plate to insure a proper fit.  This is especially important with the overlays and chevron strips.

Fire Truck Reflective Dots

Reflexite V98 Conformable Prismatic Sheeting is a highly reflective and extremely durable material.  It is the newest and most advanced reflective sheeting on the market.  The Reflexite V98 sheeting is conformable, re-positionable and cleanly removable.  It is a  patented single layer metallized prismatic film and therefore does not need to be edge sealed and will not delaminate.  Other brands are made in layers and begin to delaminate over time.  Reflexite V98 reflective sheeting will not.  Because of this we only recommend Reflexite films by Orafol.

Custom Die Cut Reflective Shapes or Overlays (CAD Cut)

Custom Designed Die Cut or CAD Cut Reflective Shapes online store

Reflective tape is readily available in sheets and rolls.  However, for many applications a particular shape is needed to solve a night time visibility issue.  For example, the spaces between diamond plate can be made reflective by using a shape that fits the area between the diamonds.  The back of an iphone can be made reflective by custom cutting a shape that fits.  We have several shapes and sizes pre priced at www.reflectiveshapes.com .   However, the shapes that we can design and cut are unlimited.

The job pictured below is going on a fire truck.  To have a custom shape designed and cut you would simply send the actual object to use as a template or send a tracing of the shape that you want.  A sample would be designed and mailed out as a proof if necessary.  Once the shape is verified we would begin cutting them in volume.  Pricing varies depending on complexity and amount of material used.  For example, the shapes to the left are about 3.5″ square and run 50 cents each.  In some cases design time is free and in others there is a charge.  The size of an order and the complexity of the design are both factors in this cost.

Letters and numbers can also be cut in volume.  We use Reflexite’s V98 series reflective sheeting for all of our shapes.  This material is conformable and repositionable making it very easy to work with.  It is prismatic and very bright.  At the present time we carry white, blue, red and fluorescent lime yellow and fluorescent orange.