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Old 10-25-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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3M Film Removal

My 3M film on the front of my coach is dried up and cracked. What is the best method and product for its removal?
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Old 10-25-2016, 05:33 PM   #2
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Ditto!
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Old 10-25-2016, 06:10 PM   #3
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You can pay someone to take it off, probably $1000

OR

You can remove it yourself. Took me ~40 hours over a couple weekends. I used a steamer to soften the 3M mask and plastic putty knifes to peel it off, one little piece at a time. There is a thick layer of adhesive under it, the best thing that I found to loosen it was plain ole gasoline and then used the putty knifes to scrap it off.

Overall I didn't have any damage other then where there were deep chips in the paint/fiberglass. Luckily most were in the Black paint that was easily touched up.
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Would a heater like a blow dryer help with this?
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You can pay someone to take it off, probably $1000

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You can remove it yourself. Took me ~40 hours over a couple weekends. I used a steamer to soften the 3M mask and plastic putty knifes to peel it off, one little piece at a time. There is a thick layer of adhesive under it, the best thing that I found to loosen it was plain ole gasoline and then used the putty knifes to scrap it off.

Overall I didn't have any damage other then where there were deep chips in the paint/fiberglass. Luckily most were in the Black paint that was easily touched up.
I would have thought that gasoline would have ruined the fiberglass.

"40 hours" It appears that you have the patients of a saint.
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There's been quite a few threads in here about people's varied experiences with the film and its removal. Check 'em out.

The least-work method is to have someone else do it, but that's $$$.

Next up is probably various themes on the wallpaper-steamer and plastic razor-blades idea. That works well, but is time-consuming.

The main idea is to get the film warm and soft, hence the heat. A blow-dryer might work well, but it could get hot enough to damage the paint.

Once the film is off, it usually leaves a layer of adhesive. Goo-Gone/etc sorta works, but something like Quick-N-Easy often gets the job done faster.

I'd stay away from some of the ideas with stronger chemicals (gasoline, acetone, paint-thinner, etc) to get off the remaining adhesive. I've tried a lot of them, and they can cause fading/dulling of the underlying paint .

I think there's a correlation between the age of the film and/or how long its been baking in the sun. Some people say theirs will come off easy, but mine (10 years old and lots of hot sun) is pretty tenacious.

I'm still waiting for the neighbor-kid to get curious and ask what I'm doing. It's not a white picket-fence, but maybe he's never read about Tom Sawyer either .
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Sounds like my weekend project will be a little time consuming. Thanks all!


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I, also was going to remove the 3M Mask on the front of the Coach.
After reading all the threads I thought it may also tear off some paint with it.
I've recently had an offer to sand down the front end and repainted it for about $1200. Has anyone put on a front bra (black) type material that snaps or secures to front of Coach? This is what I'll probably do in future if I can.

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This may work. Rapid remover. rapidtac.com. I believe the product is available at walmart.
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Tracy,

there have been many discussions on Bra's, I recall the last opinion was to go Bra less...

https://www.google.com/search?q=rv+b...om%2Fforums%2F
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I, also was going to remove the 3M Mask on the front of the Coach.
After reading all the threads I thought it may also tear off some paint with it.
I've recently had an offer to sand down the front end and repainted it for about $1200. Has anyone put on a front bra (black) type material that snaps or secures to front of Coach? This is what I'll probably do in future if I can.

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I've seen a few coaches with bra's but didn't like the look of them. Personally I like the idea I've seen on a couple of coaches at rallies with the bed liner style roof coatings extended down the front end.... the company that did it even matched the paint on the rest of the coach and provided matching touch up paints. Looked great and it protected the front much better than the 3m stuff!!
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Did they have to take off the existing film?

(And I bet the answer is still 'yes' )
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I did a lot of research on the bed liner material. Saw some at various campgrounds that had it done and looked very nice. They said they never removed the coating underneath.
I went to Line-X and asked them about it and they said it would not stick so were very reluctant to apply it. I decided to take the chance and had them spray it on the whole front end because the cracking of the Diamond Shield looked horrible.
Looked good the first day after but a few days later it started to show some areas where it was coming loose. I really panicked but decided to leave it alone after talking again with the Line-X people and also the DS people. Line-X did say if I removed the whole thing AND the DS then they would spray it again at their cost.
It's been 2 months now and hopefully I can get the pics to attach. Seems like with the hot sun this summer it has adhered well enough to leave it alone.
However, I would NOT recommend you spraying it on over the DS.
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3M Film Removal

Can you take a pic now? It would be nice to see how it all settled out. The first day looks really good.
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