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Old 10-26-2015, 09:56 PM   #1
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Removing 3 M mask

Our 2005 Monaco Executive has a 3 M mask which is dull and crazed. I have read several old threads about the chore of removing it. Wondering if anyone has used a sure fire method for removing the mask? Any new products or techniques? Thanks!

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Old 10-27-2015, 07:45 AM   #2
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Had I known what a job it would be I would have left it alone or gone to a body shop - Heat - plastic razor blades and hours of work and still ended up with gouges in the paint and hard to get touch up paint - Tried many different products recommended here all worked about the same - the aircraft remover from O'Riley auto was as good as any. Good Luck

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Old 10-27-2015, 08:19 AM   #3
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Mine was in bad shape (10 years old when I did it) with lots of hairline cracks, I could not get any large pieces to come off. I used a good size portable steamer to remove the plastic, heated small area and then used plastic scraper to peel it off in small pieces. I then used gasoline to remove the adhesive. I did have some deep chips in the paint but overall it looked good and I did not have a new mask put on. It took about 40 hours total doing sections at a time over 3 weekends.
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We used a small garment steamer and lots of plastic razor blades followed by some adhesive remover we got from a body shop supplier. Took a long time but no real damage except the chips that the film was holding in place fell out!
Try to pull parallel to the surface as much as possible.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:39 AM   #5
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I used Xylene and plastic blades to remove my diamond shield. The Xylene will break down/remove the glue. It was a slow process, but I got it off. Had to repaint the lower slide bumper, but the body shop did a great job matching paint.

I will NEVER use a clear film on the front of a motor home again!!
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:35 AM   #6
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Sand paper followed by Rhinoliner. No more chips.
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My, new to me 2005 discovery came with a front mask ("leather") from the factory. I took it off and the front end looks great except for the places where the bra rubbed through the paint. I think I might get the paint fixed, put on a clear bra, then put the leather bra back on to protect the clear bra.
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Diamond Shield Removal

We have a 2007 Fleetwood Expedition, recently purchased, that had very poor appearance due to deteriorating Diamond Shield. We were in the "what to do mode?" Thanks to irv2 contributors that shared their experience, the research helped steer us in the right direction. Trying the DIY methods convinced us that going with the Pros was the right choice for us.
We had quotes ranging from $ 1,300 to over $2,000 with no assurance that repainting would not be needed.
Fortunately, at the Tampa RV show in January, we found a supplier that specializes in DS removal. The ad in the booth caught my attention "Ugly Shield Removal No Paint loss"
Talking to the owner, Wayne Michalski of RV Detailing I was impressed with his knowledge, experience and professionalism. Also the price quoted was $700 (show price, so don't hold me to that number)
We traveled to Ft. Meyers Fl , spent the night at a nearby campground and on our way back home by mid afternoon.
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If you are in South West FL and need Shield removal, I highly recommend these folks. 239-240-0793
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Wow! That is amazing! We finally just bit bullet and removed it with industrial heated pressure washer. We will need to repaint several areas. ours was brittle and cracked. Hope others in our same boat see you post. Wish we had known. we were near ft. Meyers the month of February.

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