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Old 08-17-2012, 02:04 PM   #15
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How do I get the terrible Diamond Shield of the front of my Damon Escaper? Have used hair dryer and all types of solvents. Tiny pieces at a time!! Help please.
Cannot say how others managed it, but I have just recently completely removed off of my 1999 Monaco Windsor. I bought it used 4 years ago and it was already ruined. Previous owner had scratched the entire surface and over time it turned really black and nasty looking. I bought a package of 2 plastic chisels at local auto parts store. The larger of the two gave me enough leverage to scrape it off. Just brute force scraping. I tried a heat gun and immediately lost paint, so reverted to brute force scraping. It turned into a two step process. First scraping and then removing the glue with goof off. Took me every week end for about 4 weeks. I have before and after pictures and pictures of the tools. Will try to post the pictures.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #16
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Cannot say how others managed it, but I have just recently completely removed off of my 1999 Monaco Windsor. I bought it used 4 years ago and it was already ruined. Previous owner had scratched the entire surface and over time it turned really black and nasty looking. I bought a package of 2 plastic chisels at local auto parts store. The larger of the two gave me enough leverage to scrape it off. Just brute force scraping. I tried a heat gun and immediately lost paint, so reverted to brute force scraping. It turned into a two step process. First scraping and then removing the glue with goof off. Took me every week end for about 4 weeks. I have before and after pictures and pictures of the tools. Will try to post the pictures.


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Old 08-17-2012, 02:20 PM   #17
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I did this same job on an '03. I did about the same thing as this post. Only real difference was I used Goo Done.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:57 PM   #18
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If it is true diamond shield it will have a decal, 3m also makes a mask. High end luxury cars use diamond shield it must be kept up and properly maintained its must be cleaned right and waxed to keep the showroom shine.
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Doesn't seem to matter which it is, I've heard the same problems with both Diamond Shield and 3M. Mine was 3M. Looked like crap after 5 years. I worked it when the front was in direct summer sun, mostly small pieces at a time as it was breaking up/cracking. I got most of it the first summer, but it took me two seasons to get it all ...got a good tan on my feet as I was wearing sandals! I got some Vinyl Off stuff that the pros supposedly use, but could not tell it helped much. Removed any residue with GooGone. My front end is tan and two colors of maroon ...I lost some clear coat off the tan in places.

I might put vinyl on a vehicle I KNOW I will sell within 3 years ...never again on one I will keep longer.
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I have a 2005 Groegie Boy that I bought in 2009 that had the Diamond Shield on it. The previous owner did not take good care of it. Found out to late that it had a 5 year warranty on it. I used Xylol/Xylene and soaked a rag and wiped a 2x2 section and let it set. I then used a plastic scraper to remove the film. Took 6 days at about 3 hours a day to get it off completly. I then used the mixture to get the left over glue off. Did not remove any of the paint and was still just as shiny as the rest of the rv.
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So not a simple 7 screws hit it with a hose and its clean? Thought so.. thanks
Nope, needs to be polished with plastic polish both front and rear.
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I am thinking of buying a Thor Palazzo and it seems all dealers order this film on their units...at least the Palazzo's I have looked at had it. Up front it sounds like a good thing, but after a few years it turns bad or ugly. I keep my motorhome in a barn, out of the sun...I suspect this would extend it's life.

If I buy, I will order, perhaps leaving the film off...not sure at this point.
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As mr_D says it must be cleaned with a soft cloth and waxed (not a yellow wax) often to keep bugs from sticking. I have hurd you can use plast-x to help bring back the shine if you have not been taking care of it.
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Finally got the diamond shield off.

I used a Shark clothes steamer and a soft scraper. Worked great on the Diamond Shield. Now to get the adhesive goo off. Any suggestions?
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We're looking at buying a new Dutch Star already on a dealers lot, it has the shield, just not sure what brand. If I was going to factory order a new one I'd have them leave it off!
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Now to get the adhesive goo off. Any suggestions?
I used GooGone with paper towel. Best thing about it is the smell!
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I used a Shark clothes steamer and a soft scraper. Worked great on the Diamond Shield. Now to get the adhesive goo off. Any suggestions?
Try WD40
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Pam cooking oil removes adhesive with patience.
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