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Old 03-06-2014, 11:00 PM   #29
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One day, while inspecting a customer's vehicle at a body shop, I came across a brand new McLaren having the recently installed 3M protectant film removed. When I spoke to the technician he indicated it was being removed because the new of was not happy with the alignment of the product on the front bumper. The trick he used was the body shops ultra violet heat lamp, which heats from the inside out (adhesive heats ups first, then the film). The paint was not damaged and most of the adhesive came right off. Mind you the film was recently installed, but that removal process got me to thinking...
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:26 AM   #30
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One guy used a heat gun, while another pulled it off in long sheets. Not sure what they sprayed on with a squirt bottle to get what little glue that was left, but it sure took it off with just a minimal amount of scrapping with a plastic scrapper.. I had some Xylene that I thought they might want to use, but they don't use it. They made it look so simple, but they've been doing it for 8yrs. so they know what they're doing.
OK, thank you for the observations, but the Marine in the room needs to ask a question...How did those guys use their heat gun? What exactly was their technique? From reading the posts on this board, people have tried heat guns, wallpaper steamers, solar energy, methane gas, and Buddhist monks, all with less than overwhelming results. What are these guys doing that the rest of us aren't?
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Yeah, I know. It sounds like a lot($), but I would've never been able to get it off that quick. The small area I tried to remove took me hours. That's what I thought it would take them, and to me it was worth it at the time. But when you've been doing it for as long as them, well they make it look easy.
They were just waving the heat gun across the DS, never staying on one spot. I mean geez, if I had known I could've done it that easily, well I wouldn't have called them. Nor did they screw up any part of the paint which was my big worry since it wasn't that long ago I had a custom paint job done.The other thing I noticed was they were pulling the DS in the opposite direction you think you would have to pull. Sounds screwy, but it sure worked.
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Yeah, I know. It sounds like a lot($), but I would've never been able to get it off that quick. The small area I tried to remove took me hours. That's what I thought it would take them, and to me it was worth it at the time. But when you've been doing it for as long as them, well they make it look easy.
They were just waving the heat gun across the DS, never staying on one spot. I mean geez, if I had known I could've done it that easily, well I wouldn't have called them. Nor did they screw up any part of the paint which was my big worry since it wasn't that long ago I had a custom paint job done.The other thing I noticed was they were pulling the DS in the opposite direction you think you would have to pull. Sounds screwy, but it sure worked.
Thanks Ramets. I'm going to break the code on this one way or another.
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I bet they can't do mine in an hour. It just hurts me looking at it.

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Wow! Your's looks a lot worse than mine was. But It's still the same price no matter how bad it is. You might be surprised how easily someone with the experience and know how can get it off.
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I bet they can't do mine in an hour. It just hurts me looking at it.

It's damned hard for me to understand how this company has remained viable.
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DDMA,

That's pretty much how ours looked. It's possible, just took us some time. Here's an in progress pix. It is all done now.
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Wow! Your's looks a lot worse than mine was. But It's still the same price no matter how bad it is. You might be surprised how easily someone with the experience and know how can get it off.
Not so. I was quoted $1200 for the removal.

I would have them pull it if they will do it for $600.
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I was refering to my experience. I was quoted $800 before they even saw it.
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Removed mine in one afternoon. Did it with my family.

I used a proprietary solvent and it worked very well for my cracked Diamond Shield. Didn't cost me 1200 nor 600 and cost 1 afternoon of my time.
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Removed mine in one afternoon. Did it with my family.

I used a proprietary solvent and it worked very well for my cracked Diamond Shield. Didn't cost me 1200 nor 600 and cost 1 afternoon of my time.
I would be interested to know more about the proprietary solvent you used.
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I would be interested to know more about the proprietary solvent you used.
Me too .

I seem to remember reading that someone suggested pulling some of it away from the surface and pouring lacquer thinner behind it, let it sort of soak the stuff off.
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Thinking about selling the solvent. But I am not sure how well it will work with virgin shield without any cracks. I only tested on my coach and I know it works when things are as badly cracked as mine does.

Who has one that is as badly cracked as mine?

I will share some video as how fast this can be done.
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