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Old 09-19-2020, 09:06 AM   #1
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3M protection

Hey guys,

My older DP came with the optional (I believe) 3M protection shield for the front end. Iím sure it has done its job admirably as the stuff is proving to be a formidable adversary to get off.

Iím trying to remove it because it has started to deteriorate and makes my decent looking coach look awful. Does anyone have the secret formula or any luck with this?

My power washer is only 1800 psi and the 3M only laughs at it. Iíve thought of heat guns and scraping but with my disabilities I wouldnít last 10 minutes and would be down for days. Are there any solvents that could penetrate this tough rhino hide?

Thanks beforehand,

Any and all thoughts/suggestions welcome
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Hi ArkansasRomr; Yes, it is a horrible job to do. I started on my 01 Windsor this year and still not finished because of the effort it takes to get that crap off. There is a company in Florida that makes a product called something JUICE. This company removes masks on coaches. If you go to U-Tube and put in something like, 3-M Mask removal, you should get some video's by the company doing the mask removal using their JUICE product. I did not use their product as it is not cheap! I used good old fashion gasoline as a solvent and that still takes work. Also put in your question about the mask removal in the search box at the top of this page and there should be a lot of info by others here who have done this job.

I am 85% done on my coach and keep finding excuses to finish the job. Good luck on your search for an easier way to get this done. It is doable, but not easy!
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I removed mine in 2012. It took me ~40 hours over 4-5 weekends. I used a good steamer which helped. I tried several different chemicals (3M, GooGone) and finally just resorted to gasoline. My wife had some puppy peepee training pads and I found if I soaked with gasoline and held them against the coach it allowed the gasoline to do it's work with out evaporating. I used heavy scrapers to remove the mask and the adhesive.
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heat gun and xylene ( Goo Gone's main ingredient) or mineral spirits. Plan on a lot of tedious hours of work.
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Hi ArkansasRomr; Yes, it is a horrible job to do. I started on my 01 Windsor this year and still not finished because of the effort it takes to get that crap off. There is a company in Florida that makes a product called something JUICE. This company removes masks on coaches. If you go to U-Tube and put in something like, 3-M Mask removal, you should get some video's by the company doing the mask removal using their JUICE product. I did not use their product as it is not cheap! I used good old fashion gasoline as a solvent and that still takes work. Also put in your question about the mask removal in the search box at the top of this page and there should be a lot of info by others here who have done this job.

I am 85% done on my coach and keep finding excuses to finish the job. Good luck on your search for an easier way to get this done. It is doable, but not easy!

Hey Oilbuner,

Thatís what I was afraid of! Iíve worked hard all my life and retirement means sitting with a nice glass of iced tea. So the work involved has scared me off the project. But Iíll give the gas a go because that front end looks nasty.

Thanks again
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I removed mine in 2012. It took me ~40 hours over 4-5 weekends. I used a good steamer which helped. I tried several different chemicals (3M, GooGone) and finally just resorted to gasoline. My wife had some puppy peepee training pads and I found if I soaked with gasoline and held them against the coach it allowed the gasoline to do it's work with out evaporating. I used heavy scrapers to remove the mask and the adhesive.
Hey jacwjames,

So gas certainly seems the route. The gas soaked pads sound like a good idea as well.

Thanks a bunch
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heat gun and xylene ( Goo Gone's main ingredient) or mineral spirits. Plan on a lot of tedious hours of work.
Hey Spdracr39,

I will look into the xylene. I do have a heat gun that I purchased just for the job, guess I need to start using it.

Has anyone tried a high pressure (3500 psi) power washer?
It may take off the paint as well as the mask!

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I used a Powerstroke 3200psi pressure washer from Costco. It has interchangeable nozzles and I experimented with each one. I ended up using the 0 degree nozzle (most powerful) and cut a zig zag pattern in the film. Then went back at an angle and blew it off.
Still had to use Goo Gone to remove some leftover adhesive.

If the paint is good it will not take it off.
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Wife And I removed the mask on our coach, working off and on over about a week. We used a steamer, plastic scrapers and lots of goo gone and elbow grease. I think at the time a company here in Fla. would remove it for about $800, and after the 1st day I told my wife that I should have taken it to them. But at the end of the week I was kind of proud of the 2 of us doing the job ourselves.
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Good morning ArkansasRomr; There is a U-Tube video back in 2016 of a gentlemen using a pressure washer to remove a heavy detartrated 3-M mask on his class A coach. I found the video by using Bing. It is about 6 minutes in length and shows the pressure washer in action. If you can find it you might want to watch the video. Takes some of the hard labor out of the job!
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I first tried Xylene then ended up using gasoline and a plastic scraper on mine. Here is a video showing me doing it.

https://youtu.be/rQHjDNNpejs
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Good morning ArkansasRomr; There is a U-Tube video back in 2016 of a gentlemen using a pressure washer to remove a heavy detartrated 3-M mask on his class A coach. I found the video by using Bing. It is about 6 minutes in length and shows the pressure washer in action. If you can find it you might want to watch the video. Takes some of the hard labor out of the job!
That video would be great!

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I used a Powerstroke 3200psi pressure washer from Costco. It has interchangeable nozzles and I experimented with each one. I ended up using the 0 degree nozzle (most powerful) and cut a zig zag pattern in the film. Then went back at an angle and blew it off.
Still had to use Goo Gone to remove some leftover adhesive.

If the paint is good it will not take it off.
So a higher psi washer will take that demon off! Thatís good news.

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I first tried Xylene then ended up using gasoline and a plastic scraper on mine. Here is a video showing me doing it.

https://youtu.be/rQHjDNNpejs
I may have to go the gasoline route since my washer is only 1800 psi. If it turns out to be too much work (disabilities) I may have to break down and get a high power washer.

Thanks for the video!
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