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Old 07-14-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
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How to remove Diamond Shield?

The Diamond Shield clear protective coating on the front of my 04 Damon UltraSport is in bad shape. Looks like it has mold or something under it and is cracking. So far it has proven impossible to remove. Have tried WD 40, Goof Off and heat with NO luck. Has anyone found a product that can help this process along beside paying Diamond Sheild $600 to come out and do it???????
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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I had the same problem a couple of years ago. We tried every chemical known or suggested including gasoline and acetone, to no avail.

We ended up having it ground off, damaging the entire front end very badly, then having the front end repaired and repainted. Fortunately we were repainting the entire coach at that time.

I elected to not replace the film and take my chances on stone damage, reasoning that it will be much easier to repair that and repaint than go through the damage that we experienced getting that film off.

Doesn't make much sense to me to have a protective film put on the front to protect the paint, only to have to totally destroy the paint to remove the film when it gets old.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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There was a thread about this back in May. Look at post #10 which was about my experience removing the 3M film.

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:39 AM   #4
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Diamond shield, good stuff when it's good, butttt. Getting it off is a laborious process, Try a heat gun, warm it up a little then peel it slowly, also you might find a plastic paint scraper will help you get it started. the glue thats left will come off with denatured alcohol without damaging your finish. Just had a friend remove his took him about 2 weeks, in short there is no easy button for this one.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:43 AM   #5
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3M makes an automotive adhesive remover that is used to remove pin striping, works good, you can get it at NAPA or other parts store. That stuff sux.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #6
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Diamond Shield

We had the same problem with our motorhome. Called Diamond Shield Co who "happened" to have a rep in Florida. He came by, spent a whole day ($350.00) and removed the shield. He used a hair dryer and plastic razor blades in a scraper. He had a high powered solvent to get off the glue that remained behind. He worked very slowly, only a small section at a time and peeled most of it by hand.

Sadly, some paint came off with the DS, so we had to have the front cap repainted. $$$$$$$

Needless to say, we did not buy their "new and improved" shield (by 3M)

No really easy way nor cheap fix for this problem that I can see.

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Slow and with a heat gun, had mine replaced.
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