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Old 08-08-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Diamond / 3M Shield

I know the majorly have a negative opinion on the transparent film applied to the A class front end. I did too, until recently.

A buddy and I were caravanning up to Yosemite and we drove through a construction area near Kettlemen City. There was a lot of gravel on one part of the road. He does not have the film, mine came with it.

His front cap is toast with a lot of paint damage, mine has small dents to the film, but you cannot see any damage. It did what was designed for. Good for me, not so good for my pitted friend.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #2
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Our bus came with it too. Don't know what brand it is, but, it has taken some pretty good hits, and saved the paint. I keep looking, hoping not to see the dreaded mold growing under it.
So far so good...
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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...Our bus came with it too...
So far so good...
Same here.
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Yep, I have Diamond Shield. It's been on our coach for quite awhile now and no problems at all. Nary a nick or scratch, and we spent all last summer traveling to and from Alaska. I really like that I can use a scrub pad on it to get rid of bugs.
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We have the Diamond Shield on our rig. No negative comments here.
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We had the 3M on our first - mold and yellowing within 2 years. We have Diamond Shield on ours now. Looks almost new after 4 years. There are a couple of rock dings so it saved our paint and took the hit. I like this stuff!
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My diamond shield is 8 years old and beginning to show its age. The areas of the DS that water sits on after a rain shower (small ledges, for example) have the mold-looking spots forming.

I don't think it's mold, nor do I think its underneath the DS. I think it's UV related, and I think the spots are within the material itself.

It's not so bad that I want to rip the DS off the fascia yet. I'm using 303 protectant to try to prolong its life.
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How to clean Bug's off Diamond shield?
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How to clean Bug's off Diamond shield?
I use one of those scrubbing pads that's used when washing dishes to get off dried food. Been using one for over 3yrs. and it works great. Don't even use soap, just water. I should mention it's not a Brillo pad. I believe it's some kind of plastic pad.
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Just picked up our 2014 Phaeton and would never again have either 3M or Diamond shield.
Wade RV is installing a Bra that can be removed after travel and re installed for travel. Front end will look new, chip free, no UV staining and NO mold ever.
I have had two MH with bras and never once was there any damage from the bra. Our last 2011 showed signs of mold at the end of two years with Diamond Shield.
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Just to add more opinions, my Diamond Shield/3M film is 6 years old, 55,000miles and still looks great. Has protected the paint from most everything.
I have used 303 Protectant and a mild kitchen scrubby to get the bugs, and for maintenance. I've also used white compound for a
stain or two with great results. I think the bras look stupid.
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Mac, what type of white compound are you referring to?
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Mac, what type of white compound are you referring to?
I would be interested too. I have a couple of spots to clean up.

I'll try the mild soap and scrubby too.
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Try the love bug eraser, works really good even on paint.
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