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Old 09-15-2015, 05:37 PM   #1
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Angry Who has (un)successfully Removed Diamond Shield?

A few weeks ago we were on the road and a truck hauling hogs passed us and then moved into our lane. Shortly after they hit their brakes for a car on the side of the road and I did the same. I was slowly backing away when they cleared the car and started to accelerate. At this point I was about 200' behind when out of the back of the hog trailer came a river of...you know what!

Well...it appears I didn't do a good enough job cleaning up and I now have pits in the Diamond Shield...all over it. I'm thinking that successfully removing it is probably best. I'm assuming that with all the pits stuff will finally get between the DS and paint.

Of course, there is always the chance that removing the DS from a 10 year old coach will pull paint with it and that will be a whole new issue. SIGH!
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:48 PM   #2
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I removed a 3M mask from the front of my coach. I used a small steamer to get the mask soft and then used plastic scrapers to remove the mask, a small piece at a time. Sometimes I could get ~1/2" strip to come off for a length of 15-20".

After getting the mask off I tried using several different solvents to get the glue off but in the end gasoline worked the best. My wife has dogs so I used a small disposable puppy pad soaked in gas and let it lay over an area and then used a scraper to remove the glue.

It was a slow process, took me a total of ~40 hours over several weekends but overall it turned out pretty good. Only a couple of deep chips in the paint. A large % of the area was painted black so I took some touch up paint in these areas. The other areas were minor. I did not and will not replace the mask. If need in the future I will repaint the front of the coach.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:14 AM   #3
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Oh man I don't envy you. Removing DS can be a PITA. A heat gun worked on ours while pulling the shield toward you at an angle. It's easier with two people. One person using the gun, moving it continuously, the other pulling the shield. If you're careful, and don't get into a hurry, you should be able to get it off without harming the paint. I saw a guy in FL. completely screw up his paint job by hurrying. If you don't have any of the dreaded yellowish mold under it, I'd just try sealing it real good and keep an eye on it. Some people use 303 Protectant. maybe give a call to DS and see what they recommend. I know I'll NEVER again have that crap on the front of our coach.
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I think I'd be more tempted to coat the DS with white or colour-matched truck bed lining material. The texture will make the pitting invisible.
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It is for sure a pita I mean PITA - took me about three weeks and even with plastic blades I ended up with several scratch's and cand find ant touch up that will match. I know a great body man home so on the way I will get an est. for paint the front.
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Seems like this whole incident is an insurance claim. This should be covered under your comprehensive coverage. Let someone else do it.

Are you sure you have Diamond Shield? There would be a small logo (diamond shaped) on the right side just below the windsheild. 3M also made the same type of material but it wasn't as durable. Removal is a bit different but 3M makes tools and solvent to remove the film and adhesive.

Diamond Shield can be removed with heat. I know of one body/paint shop that just parks the coach facing the sun and starts peeling when it gets good and hot.
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A few weeks ago we were on the road and a truck hauling hogs passed us and then moved into our lane. Shortly after they hit their brakes for a car on the side of the road and I did the same. I was slowly backing away when they cleared the car and started to accelerate. At this point I was about 200' behind when out of the back of the hog trailer came a river of...you know what!



Well...it appears I didn't do a good enough job cleaning up and I now have pits in the Diamond Shield...all over it. I'm thinking that successfully removing it is probably best. I'm assuming that with all the pits stuff will finally get between the DS and paint.



Of course, there is always the chance that removing the DS from a 10 year old coach will pull paint with it and that will be a whole new issue. SIGH!

It's a horrible job! I did my '03 coach in '12 and at 9 years of age, the DS was a mess. I'm guessing I had between 40-60 hours of tedious work in the project. The worst parts came off in thumbnail sized pieces. In some spots, some came off in pieces the size of my palm. The DS was so far gone that a steamer or heat gun softened too much. I was in south Florida in the late spring. The coach got morning sun on the front cap. I waited until the direct sun was just off the area and started working. About 2-3 hours at a time was all I could do. I used the plastic blades as most others.

The only spots any paint came off was where the DS had taken a hard rock hit. A small circle of paint came off with the DS at that spot. Overall the front looks much better after it was removed. I didn't put anything back & haven't picked up any significant dings in the 3 years since.

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Seems like this whole incident is an insurance claim. This should be covered under your comprehensive coverage. Let someone else do it....
I'll check into that!
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Don,

I watched an old couple doing this two years ago up in Indigo Bluffs MI. Scraper, hair dryer...nothing worked very well. But I had some replaced by Precision Painting in bremen and replaced on our first coach and it took them less than an hour. I don't know what the "magic" was, but after seeing it "done" in MI, and then getting it done professionally, I'd get a quote from the guys in Bremen, particularly as you have reason to be in that area periodically.

Just out of curiosity, was it the urine that caused the pitting????
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Don,

I watched an old couple doing this two years ago up in Indigo Bluffs MI. Scraper, hair dryer...nothing worked very well. But I had some replaced by Precision Painting in bremen and replaced on our first coach and it took them less than an hour. I don't know what the "magic" was, but after seeing it "done" in MI, and then getting it done professionally, I'd get a quote from the guys in Bremen, particularly as you have reason to be in that area periodically.

Just out of curiosity, was it the urine that caused the pitting????
I didn't have any pitting before the incident so I believe that is probably the case. That was a daytime run and when we got settled into our CG we didn't have any bug guts on the coach and I just didn't think about it. DOHHH!
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Diamond Shield can be removed with heat. I know of one body/paint shop that just parks the coach facing the sun and starts peeling when it gets good and hot.
It's starting to get cool now and I wonder if I will see those kinds of temps before next year. I'll keep that tip in mind.
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