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I pick up my coach from paint shop with the Diamond Shield on it. The first night I noticed a flaw in the new diamond shield. I contacted Diamond Shield and discovered the lifetime warranty is useless.  I am very Disappointed with diamond shield.  I removed it and put a different brand that I am very happy with it. I will NEVER ever use diamond shield again.

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When I had my first coach painted I was asked if I wanted Diamond Shield installed.  After all the the problems many had with it I said no.  It was going to cost $1250.  I asked how much to repaint the front and was told $850.  Kept that coach another 5 years and and when I sold it the front looked like it just came out of the paint shop.  Went back to the same shop to have my current coach painted.  Nothing but paint and clear coat on the front.

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I'm having mine removed, then the top and bottom re painted, & clear coated. Estimate = $6,400.  Other body work and paint done for $2,700. Having coach re modeled...will be done by next Feb. about 70% so far has been covered by ins. including my front & all body work.

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When I purchased my used 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire it had Diamond Shield on it looked horrible.  Moldy and cracked.  I called Diamond Shield and they said that older product did that, but their new does not and had me contact a dealer to get it removed and reinstalled.

I was quoted $950 to remove the old and $1,200 to get new.  I decided to have a local 3m dealer remove and I have left it that way.  There are some chips but it is fine.  I heard getting the front repainted was about $1,000 so I may do that at some point.  I even took the time to get a new Vinyl decal made from the front to customize my front end a little.  We put in the name of our Coach.

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We removed our shield several years ago and glad we did. The front of the coach continues to look new; we intend to never replace it and if the front needs to be repainted it is far less expensive to repaint than the cost of removal of the shield and refinishing. The idea of a shield sounds good until after a few years it begins to deteriorate and proper maintenance will require its removal, repair, and reinstallation.

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So far on my new to me 2008 Mountain Air it looks good. Looked at a 2007 that was not so good. I am suspicious that they may have replaced it before I got it. I was told that treating it with 303 protectant will help it last. We will see.

This is a link to how to maintain your Diamond Shield. 

https://www.diamond-shield.com/product-care

Personally I wouldn't apply it, but I already have it.

Bill

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On my American Coach, 2010...the Diamond Shield is bad and needs to be removed by whomever the new owner will be!  Our New to us 2012 Newmar King Air, it looks good, like Bill, we'll see!  I do know that I will remove it before it looks like the AC and if the paint is still chip free, I'll have several coats of clear put on! 

IMHO, Diamond Shield is nothing but added cost & Marketing tool...Long before 3M or DS was invented, I never had chip/love bug problems on my front.  Just been the last 5 rigs, not the other 12.

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10 hours ago, WILDEBILL308 said:

The plan is to do what I can to keep it looking good but it will be gone quickly if it starts to mess up.

Bill

Bill, keep up on the 303 product. I am curious if that’s going to help it hold up longer. I have heard the later product is more durable and better suited to handle UV

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Joe, I will keep you informed.;) 

This 2008 coach looks so good at first I didn't think it had it. But on close exam you can see the edges. (makes me think it has been replaced) The 2007 coach I looked at you could see it from 50'  It had the usual crazed surface with mold growing in and under the surface giving it that nice gray black patina. I wonder if the303 would help one in that condition. Maybe someone with the problem can try it and let us know. 

Bill

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Bill, I think once the deterioration begins there is no turning back. If it’s nice you stand a good chance of keep it that way.

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Ralph, Welcome.

 

Depends on how long it's been on and what condition it's in..the more pits and nicks, the longer it takes...there's a reason why most professional removable shop's charge an average of $2,500 to remove!:P

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