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Old 07-24-2015, 09:07 PM   #1
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Diamond Shield Removal and repaint

Picked up my motorhome today after having the diamond shield removed and the entire front repainted. Installed new headlights and turn signals. Had the bay doors buffed for some scratches and most came out.

They did an amazing job. I am totally pleased. So very very happy to have the diamond shield gone. I have before photos.. will take some after and post as soon as I can.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:21 PM   #2
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Purchase a good bra now to protect your investment. Had a Bra on our last 4 coaches and front ends look like new when traded
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Picked up my motorhome today after having the diamond shield removed and the entire front repainted. Installed new headlights and turn signals. Had the bay doors buffed for some scratches and most came out.

They did an amazing job. I am totally pleased. So very very happy to have the diamond shield gone. I have before photos.. will take some after and post as soon as I can.
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It's amazing how some folks have trouble with that "diamond shield" and, the "3-M" shield too and have to remove it. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, has the factory 3-M shield on the front and is close 11 years old. That shield is in flawless condition. No clouding, no cracking, no brown under color, no issues what so ever. Now, one thing, we're the 4th owners of it and, as far as we know, this coach never sees the sun, unless we're in it, using it. Other than that, it's in an RV garage and, has been parked under cover, since it was new.
So, I suspect that, not being consistently subjected to the suns rays, day after day, year after year, has some influence on just how well those two types of shields hold up.
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Picked up my motorhome today after having the diamond shield removed and the entire front repainted. Installed new headlights and turn signals. Had the bay doors buffed for some scratches and most came out.

They did an amazing job. I am totally pleased. So very very happy to have the diamond shield gone. I have before photos.. will take some after and post as soon as I can.
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I suggest you figure out how to protect that new paint. After removing the DS from ours due to cracking and mold I have at least a dozen new rock chips in the front cap. I never had it repainted and am afraid to do so just now. The DS seems to do its job, it's just to bad it's so expensive to remove and replace.
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It's amazing how some folks have trouble with that "diamond shield" and, the "3-M" shield too and have to remove it. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, has the factory 3-M shield on the front and is close 11 years old. That shield is in flawless condition. No clouding, no cracking, no brown under color, no issues what so ever. Now, one thing, we're the 4th owners of it and, as far as we know, this coach never sees the sun, unless we're in it, using it. Other than that, it's in an RV garage and, has been parked under cover, since it was new.
So, I suspect that, not being consistently subjected to the suns rays, day after day, year after year, has some influence on just how well those two types of shields hold up.
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I have no scientific data to back me up, but it does seem that those of us cursed to live in hot humid weather have the most problems. I removed mine this year. DS protects as advertised though.
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Cost was a total of $3400. I had some very slight front damage where someone pulling a trailer cut in and clipped my drivers side front. So there was a scrape in the fiberglass and paint. The insurance company and body shops said all the Diamond Shield had to be removed to do the repair properly and then re-applied. Even if I didn't want it re-applied. Anyhow.. Insurance wound up paying for all of it. I had already begun removing it myself but was more than willing to give them the job.

My coach came out of AZ and was not covered. The DS seemed fine when I got the coach but within a year of the heat and humidity of Georgia it rapidly deteriorated and looked like crap.
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here are before and after photos.. there is a reflection in the after photo of a chain link fence .. at first look makes it seem a big scratch across front
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Looks great. I would also think the the sun and humid conditions have a negative effect in the DS. The funny thing is almost everyone that owns a MH with DS on it search out the sun and often it comes with the humidity. I also have seen damage from power washers. Even at low pressure it will lift the edges and start the process of mold and cracking. No power washers.
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