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Old 08-05-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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Diamond Shield Yuck!!

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.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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Forget using, scrapers, solvent or heat. I used this with excellent results!

Stripe, Molding, and Emblem Removal Tools by 3M - Putty/Joint Knives, Spatulas, Scrapers by Zoro Tools Industrial Supplies
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Ben, how did the paint look after the removal? I have that diamond shield thing on my Essence (Damon) and would like to get it off as well.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:08 AM   #4
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It costs a bundle to put it on......... costs even more to take it off! I had to have it removed by the body shop and then have the whole front end re-painted. Had I known what a major expense it would be I wouldn't have bought the coach. Live and learn.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #5
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Ben, how did the paint look after the removal? I have that diamond shield thing on my Essence (Damon) and would like to get it off as well.
I did not use the wheel to remove Diamond shield, I used it to remove vinyl graphics off of both painted and fiberglass surfaces and the results were excellent. There was no adhesive residue left after the graphics were removed. I think I would be worth a try using the wheel to try and remove the diamond shield. Diamond shield is a thick piece of clear vinyl with a little more adhesive, not unlike vinyl graphics.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #6
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A hair dryer isn't powerful enough. Try one of the high-temperature air blowers, but be real careful with it.
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Somewhere I saw a pic of a Gulfstream? with what looked to be a Plexiglas 'shield'mounted on the front with 2" standoffs.. Anyone remember seeing this before? Would it be a better alternative to the plastic stickies we use now?
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Somewhere I saw a pic of a Gulfstream? with what looked to be a Plexiglas 'shield'mounted on the front with 2" standoffs.. Anyone remember seeing this before? Would it be a better alternative to the plastic stickies we use now?
I saw a fella next to me with one of these plexi-shields, what a PIA!
It took him hours to clean it, he had to remove it to clean behind it. Then remount when done. I would rather have nothing but wax or sealer on the front cap.
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I saw a fella next to me with one of these plexi-shields, what a PIA!
It took him hours to clean it, he had to remove it to clean behind it. Then remount when done. I would rather have nothing but wax or sealer on the front cap.
So not a simple 7 screws hit it with a hose and its clean? Thought so.. thanks
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I used a heat gun, plastic and wood scrapers and Goof off to get that diamond shield off my MH. What a pain in the butt!
Went through 2 gallons of Goof off (sold at Home Depot). Wife helped also, spent maybe 40 hours to remove it. I won't ever put that shield stuff on anything I own!
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Saw in another forum (similar discussion) about pro using a wallpaper steamer and plastic scraper, and finally Xylol to remove adhesive. Still took quite a while per that poster.

Trick is enough heat to soften the adhesive but not so much as to damage the paint.

Unfortunately, I'm looking at it myself down the road...
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Mine is now 7 years old and still looks good as new. I understand it takes a (heat gun) to remove. If you use a soft cloth to clean and regular waxing works for me. I have seen some people that used a scotch brite pad on theirs and what a mistake it looks like spider cracks.
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Saw a Diamond shield on a nice Damon Intruder....and after 8yrs, when he pulled it off, much of the paint came off with it. Did more damage than good. I think they might be an "ok" idea if you got them replaced every year, but if left to bake on for years, it's pretty much part of your paint.
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I think that is what happened to mine. Sort of got nasty from sitting in the sun before I purchased it.
I think the newer stuff is not sticky backed anymore and may be better, or so I have heard.
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Saw a Diamond shield on a nice Damon Intruder....and after 8yrs, when he pulled it off, much of the paint came off with it. Did more damage than good. I think they might be an "ok" idea if you got them replaced every year, but if left to bake on for years, it's pretty much part of your paint.
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