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Old 11-25-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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digi-shield vs diamond shield question

Our coach has digi-shield that's gotten very dull. Not just the front but also the strips on the grab bar and entry door. Our previous coach had diamond shield which didn't get dull. A friend's '07 EXDP with diamond shield looks much better than my '09.

Am I alone with this issue?
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:31 AM   #2
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Yes, I have the same problem with my 2009. Thought about calling the company and see what they may recommend.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:22 AM   #3
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When the fellow from Diamond Shield repaired mine, he recommended a plastic polish to keep it looking good.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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Our coach has digi-shield that's gotten very dull. Not just the front but also the strips on the grab bar and entry door. Our previous coach had diamond shield which didn't get dull. A friend's '07 EXDP with diamond shield looks much better than my '09.

Am I alone with this issue?
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Since when doesn't Diamond Shield turn dull? Mine seemed to go dull a lot. I used to own auto detail shop's many years ago and in the end catered only to customer's with high end car's. I never had experience with Diamond Shield in my life until I bought my coach. I decided to go ahead and try whatever and figure the stuff out on my own. I found Maguiars swirl remover with a Porter Cable orbital polisher will make it look like new. I've never even heard of digi-shield so I can't say for sure but I bet it would be the same result.

Is Digi-Shield what Newmar uses on new Mountain Aires?

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Old 11-25-2011, 06:25 PM   #5
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Hi racer0624,
None of these coatings are permenant. After 5 6 years in the south Florida sun, I got tired of the mold (brown/black) spots and dull look. I just removed the Diamond Shield and will go to a bra setup in a month or two.

If at all possible, I will avoid all clear plastic "shields" in the future.
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Adam, I had diamond shield on my 08 and it always had a gloss look, never got dull. I have been working on the 09 and its coming along but still shows dull for the most part. I have used mcguires, orbital polisher, and lots of hand waxing and its slowly coming along. Thanks, John
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Diamond Shield has a new product they are using this year. It's called Nano Fusion. I have it on my Bus. It's more durable, more transparent and is very clear. check it out!
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
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DS is just plastic and can be treated as such to regain "shine." Just keep in mind it is a "soft" plastic. I fix DS surface scratches (and even gouges basically through the plastic) with wet/dry sandpaper used wet and by hand 400->800->1200->2000 and then use a random action orbital and standard sponge polish pad (Griot's orange pad) at a moderate/high speed first using something aggressive like McGuires aluminum polish followed by 3M plastic polish (McGuires plastic polish never seemed to work for me). Instead of the plastic polish I have also run standard paint polishes (Griot's #1 works great). Have not tried Griot's plastic polish.

For every type of plastic it seems I have to experiment with what combination of pads/speeds/polish works best for that plastic. I can't seem to find one polish regime for all plastics.

I have to say that after 5 years my DS is still looking new - doing nothing to it - and the several, small repaired areas are very hard to detect. Note that I do not park in a Florida type humid sun for long although I do park at length directly facing what you might call Colorado type dry direct sun..
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