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Old 05-11-2015, 07:03 PM   #1
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Can 3M mask be polished or coated?

Our 10 year old Endeavor has the 3M front masking which is in pretty good shape. No molding or mildew but does have lots of small scratches which I assume are caused by bugs or perhaps washing with a brush. Under some lighting conditions it looks great but other times the scratches really show up. The paint on the rest of the coach looks nearly new.
I have read how difficult it is to remove the film and expensive to replace.
Has anyone found a product that will polish out the scratches or perhaps coat them with a clear liquid product that will make the scratches less visable?
If anyone can invent a product that could do this you could make a mint.
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Try, http://www.meguiars.com/m-en/product...cleaner-polish
We also used a product called mirror glaze on our boat Windows back in the day
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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Try, Meguiar's : PlastX™ Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish : Product
We also used a product called mirror glaze on our boat Windows back in the day
If that's designed to be used on plexiglass windows it might be too abrasive for a softer surface like the mask.
I'm still trying to clean off the baked on bugs from our trip to AZ in March as it sat at the Cummins dealer for 5 weeks and they baked on pretty good.
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Our 10 year old Endeavor has the 3M front masking which is in pretty good shape. No molding or mildew but does have lots of small scratches which I assume are caused by bugs or perhaps washing with a brush. Under some lighting conditions it looks great but other times the scratches really show up. The paint on the rest of the coach looks nearly new.
I have read how difficult it is to remove the film and expensive to replace.
Has anyone found a product that will polish out the scratches or perhaps coat them with a clear liquid product that will make the scratches less visable?
If anyone can invent a product that could do this you could make a mint.

Those small scratches are cracks in the film and it's the first indication that the film has failed. The next symptom will be the appearance of dark edges at the scratches. It will continue to look worse and worse. Removal is the only option it's just a matter of when.


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I'm still trying to clean off the baked on bugs from our trip to AZ in March as it sat at the Cummins dealer for 5 weeks and they baked on pretty good.[/QUOTE]

Try Pink Solution......Works great for bugs.
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Try Pink Solution......Works great for bugs.
Never heard of it, where can I buy it? Just searched Amazon and didn't find it there.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:36 AM   #7
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Liquid truck bed liner in matching colors and done. Won't be shiny but it will be tuff. Scrub bugs off with green pad, no problem.
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Those small scratches are cracks in the film and it's the first indication that the film has failed. The next symptom will be the appearance of dark edges at the scratches. It will continue to look worse and worse. Removal is the only option it's just a matter of when.


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I was thinking that aging might be the problem. Bummer. In the meantime I will try the Meguires polish and protectant and see if I can keep the mask on for a couple more years.
Thanks for the reply's.
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On my coach even the "mask" on the door and where the awning arm comes down is cracking. I at first thought that the "scratches" on the front mask were caused by over scrubbing it with a brush but now I know that it's just another thing, like the paint, that Monaco screwed up on.
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Never heard of it, where can I buy it? Just searched Amazon and didn't find it there.
Here is a cloth I have started using recently. It's a little pricey but it will remove bugs easily even with straight water.
I use 303 on my front as I'm sure you do also. I wrap the cloth around my extend a pole brush to do the windshield and the just wipe the rest by hand. Does not effect the finish at all.
I first saw my neighbor using it on his rig taking off bugs from last summer (ya, I know) and they were literally falling off just using water, no soap.

Amazon.com - Norwex Kitchen Scrub Cloth - Household Cleaning Wipes And Cloths
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Find a guy that sells car wash soap and presoak in your area. Get a hand weed sprayer, dilute to the directions, spray on and soak for 10 minutes then wash your coach as normal. I have done this for 10 years on the same coach and honda car with no problems. DO NOT use it on your harley davidson wind screen as they have a thin film on the screen. Hope this helps.

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We know a couple that had the front of their coach repainted right over the protective film. I couldn't believe it nor would I reccommend it, but it looks really good. It's been a year and holding up well. I'll check again next winter when we see them.
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I recently polished my coach with Nufinish car polish after reading about it on this forum, and I applied it to the front mask as well. It shined it up pretty well and the bugs seem to clean off much easier.
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Never heard of it, where can I buy it? Just searched Amazon and didn't find it there.
I bought mine at Canadian Tire, but Costco, Lowes, Lordco
and maybe Napa will carry it.

It is a paste that you melt and mix with water.
Spray on, leave a maximum 4 minutes, wipe off.
Cleaning the front of the MH and the motorcycle is a breeze.
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