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Same as you would your aluminum siding, with a press break.  Just bend a couple test pieces first because the diamond plate bends a little differently.

Most people take it to a custom fabrication shop to have it done

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Forget where but we took ours to a guy in the south metro and for smaller pieces like that I think it was like 5-10 a break with a minimum charge if you didn't do much. Guy we found didn't even really offer it to the public we just happened to call and said we would pay so he quoted us on the spot.  Have heard some people try to go homemade with steel bars or 2x4's and the results were always terrible.

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Bought my diamond plate from McNeilus. They sheared and bent it for a very reasonable price. I had some pieces that were an afterthought. Since I had lots of drops leftover I attempted to bend some myself with surprisingly good results. Clamped the work piece between two stout straight edges and slowly made the bend with a deadblow hammer. Sounds crude I know but it really did turn out. Made several bends this way up to about 3' long and every one looks good. I wouldn't plan to do things this way but for things you forget or add, it's an option. 

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The best deal on bending/shearing we've found is through the siding/diamond plate suppliers.  It can be a little bit tough to track down companies outside of them to do it.  

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Some guys even go a bit heavier, but I see no need for anything more that .063.  It is tough stuff!  Ice Castle has sourced some that is either .040 or .050, which is what they've been using for a couple years.  

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