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Old 10-26-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Dura Shield

I've read for years about the problems involving Diamond Shield and the difficulties removing it. I bought a 2019 Newmar a couple of months ago and of course it has the Dura Shield on the front. I guess they all come from the factory like that. I know Diamond Shield and Dura Shield are not the same product.

I already have a couple of places on the front where the Dura Shield is stained (probably tree sap or bird droppings) and can't be cleaned. The paint, similarly stained right beside the Dura Shield, cleaned up just fine.

I guess I'm concerned that the problem with the Dura Shield will just get worse over time and require removal eventually. If I need to remove sooner of later, would now be the best time as it's basically new at this point? I assume the longer it stays on the harder it will be to remove.

As far a paint dings, I've not had that problem on the previous 8 motorhomes I've owned or on any of the dozens of cars I've purchased over the years. I think Dura Shield might just be a solution looking for a problem.

Any thoughts?

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Old 10-26-2018, 03:23 PM   #2
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My thoughts.
After 80,000 miles and 9 years on my coach, I am very
glad I have the diamond shield protection. If you take
care of it, using products designed to clean and protect
vinyl, it can, and mine does, look great. Armor-all protectant
and their cleaner work very well. I have some pain chips on
the front, but only where there was no vinyl.

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Old 10-27-2018, 09:13 AM   #3
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We are just hitting the end of our first year on the road with our coach. We purchased late in the model year (2017) last November. After only 6,500+ miles we have had one windshield replaced and several small hits on the front of the coach. No matter how careful you are these tall flat front ends will take hits from small pieces of road debris. I am very happy mine has the additional front end protection.
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