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#1 genetaylor

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

My Diamond Shield on a 2003 Newmar Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher has deteriorated considerably with multiple cracks and mold/mildew under it. I need to remove it. 3M Adhesive Remover is the recommended material to use. Some folks have recommended also the use of hair dryers to soften the adhesive by heating the surface.My concern is with the paint job. Does anyone have experience with this sort of problem?
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#2 BobJourney

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:36 AM

I removed the Diamond Shield from my 2006 Kountry Star using a hair dryer. I heated a small section and slowly pealed it off. It took a lot of time, but the results were worth the effort. If you try to rush the job, you could peal paint off the coach. I just did small sections and cut the peal off part off until I had time do do more. Where the shield is wrapped over an edge, ie around the headlights, I did peal a little paint in one spot. So take extra time at those wrapped edges. My advice is take it off slowly.
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#3 wagon217

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

Watched Diamond Shield technician remove my shield using a heat gun and carefully pulling the material avoiding pulling it back over it's self.
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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:05 AM

I just paid a couple of guys to take off the protective shield since it looked horrible with age. they used a
steamer to loosen the plastic off the paint. They did a great job but not cheap. The front now looks great.
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#5 Dynarobert

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:34 AM

Heat gun and going slowly.  Don't ever get this stuff put on anything.  It's total crap!!!!


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#6 jleamont

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 12:27 PM

Dynarobert, what did you use to scrape it off and remove the glue?


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Posted 28 December 2015 - 02:39 PM

I quote Gene Stallings owner of Extreme Graphic "do not use a heat gun, there is no control for the heat. Please use 'Steam'. Maximum temperature of steam is 212 degrees and that temperature will soften the adhesive and not blister the paint." Gene also advise to use a plastic scraper.

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 02:50 PM

My new Georgetown came with the Diamond Shield and they also supplied a bottle of 303 protectant and instructions to only use that to clean the Diamond Shield with. Hope this will keep it looking good for many years.
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 03:10 PM

Herman, do you have the 3M shield on your coach?


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Posted 28 December 2015 - 03:37 PM

I found the company that makes a kit to remove these. I met this guy in 2014 at campground we were set up at in Pigeon Forge TN, lost his business card (still kicking myself for not having him take care of it that day). Anyway http://www.wipeoutsy...e_products.html is the website, you have to call and tell him what you need, its not listed on their website (the site needs updated). He also has a video on youtube. Now all I need is a steamer to heat it up.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:26 AM

Big enemy for Diamond Shield and Paint = Love Bugs!  Get them off ASAP!!

 

I have no pitting on my Shield, therefor, no reason to remove.  For me, it's the biggest bang for the bucks and if I ever have to remove

it, I would have it done and re applied by Professionals.  My time, is the most valuable asset I have!!!

 

The Blake Bra looks funky and the Plexi glass will yellow over time!   Lexan is price prohibitive...

 

Carl C.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 07:00 AM

Carl, the one on my coach is so bad I bought a Black Vinyl nose bra for it to cover up the ugliness. I plan on removing the 3M protector over the winter (weather permitting). I will not put anything back in its place, just the nose bra.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 07:57 AM

Our coach is at the RV repair facility now undergoing some updates including removal of the 3M coating.  The technician, who said he has removed many of these coatings, warned us that we may lose some of the darker paint.  We'll cross that bridge if it happens, and if it does, we may take that opportunity to freshen up the look of the front end by having more modern graphics painted on and blended into the existing graphics.

 

We didn't have any mildew build-up on ours but the tech did show us a coach that was in for repairs that had a considerable amount of green cancer on it's front end.

 

I took some "before" pictures and will try to post the "after" pictures when completed.  Will keep you all posted.

 

On the lighter side: Carl mentions above that the "Blake Bra looks funky".  Since my name is Blake, and I had never heard of a Blake Bra, I Googled it......hahaha.....you'd be amazed of what the search came up with! :rolleyes:  

 

Happy New Year folks........Blake


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#14 desertdeals690

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:41 AM

When I had my coach painted I was offered the 3m shield.  The cost was $1250 so I asked how much the repaint the front and was quoted $800.  Its been 3 years and over 22000 miles and it still looks good enough that I don't need a repaint.


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 04:47 AM

Blake.  No pun intended...LOL :lol:

 

desertdeals690.  If you do need a full paint job in future, go to "Rocky Point" , Mexico....$ 1,200 US for 4 colors!  Friend had it done 3 years

ago and I watched...great job!

 

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 10:32 AM

Thanks.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 08:27 AM

I received my kit from WIPEOUT, I am thoroughly impressed! The kit came with safety goggles, full instructions for a do it yourself person rubber gloves all hand tools and chemicals to do the job, everything is labeled and organized and labeled in separate bags based off of each step in the removal process. Hopefully the product works as shown in their video......more to follow when it warms up.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 08:49 AM

Looking forward to a report on how well it works.


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:33 AM

J,

I'm not sure if it is 3M or Diamond Shield. But it is real bad. Waiting till Gene has an opening to have it cleaned off, repaired and the front cap repainted.

 

Herman


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

Herman, mine was so bad I had a vinyl nose bra made to cover it up. I am still going to remove it....or at least I think I am anyway. :rolleyes:

This is the type of work I dread, so I enlisted a friend that needs his used coach serviced to do the work on mine, since he is in the automotive body/paint industry I thought it was a fair trade off.


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