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Old 02-08-2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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3M clear shield

I've read a lot about how big of a pain in the behind it is to remove the 3M clear shield from the front of a motorhome but no one has said if they are having a new clear shield installed and what the average cost is. I'll probably remove it but but not sure what to do on new. What have most done?
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Old 02-08-2017, 05:12 PM   #2
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Removed it and never looked back.
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:54 PM   #3
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Removed it and never looked back.
That's what I did, why would you install something that ultimately fails and has to be removed.

I removed mine myself, ~40 hours of scrapping and cleaning but in the end it looked good.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:00 PM   #4
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Had mine removed real PIA took body shop 3 days to do. Had to have total repaint on front. Over 2,000.00 total for all bad clear coat on rig.
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I was thinking that I would put it back on to protect the paint from rock chips. Maybe I need to rethink this!
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:30 AM   #6
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Like the others above I would never again have any cleat film applied on a vehicle. I very tediously removed mine a tiny piece at a time in about 2009. Some clear coat came off with it on the light tan areas but was not very noticeable. I replaced it with nothing. It has had heavy use including an Alaska caravan since then. I just had the front repainted last year as part of a headlight conversion/upgrade.
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I'm of the same sentiment as others, throw it in garbage.

Mine needs removed as it started showing signs of mold under it last Fall, been dreading doing it. I'll look like popeye this spring after I get it all removed.

It would have been better if they had just put a few more coats of clear on at the factory instead of this plastic film junk.
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We removed our cracked and moldy 3M a couple years ago and found one paint chip it didn't prevent. After much sweat and cursing the product vowing never to replace it, I now have at least a dozen new chips and am planning a repaint. I might have the film replaced after that for protection. I don't think we will own the rig long enough to face another removal process.
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I will be removing ours this summer and, like the others, would not consider replacing it.
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Curious about those of you who have removed it and will not replace..what are you doing to protect the paint?
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Curious about those of you who have removed it and will not replace..what are you doing to protect the paint?

I just keep the front of my coach washed and waxed. Since removing the 3M shield in 2012 I have not noticed any significant problems such as paint chips etc.

Considering my front cap looked horrific with the cracking/molding 3M shield prior to removing I'm convinced I did the right thing.
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Old 02-18-2017, 10:07 AM   #12
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The clear coat was rough both above and below the windshield. After seeing several motor homes with Rinoliner, that's what we elected. No more rock chips and it cleans easier than the painted surface.
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I love the rhino liner idea.

Question........How long does the original 3M clear bra last? Looking at signature lines it seems to be 10+ years.

If that's the case I personally would have no problem reapplying it since I probably wouldn't own the same coach after 20+ years, if I bought from new that is.
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I removed mine in 2012 from a 2002 coach but in reality it should have been removed 2-3 years before that. It looked terrible.
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