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Old 04-16-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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Diamond Shield protection

Last week while parking my MH, I rubbed the bumper of a truck. Was just enough to rub the diamond shield off for about an inch on the bumper. Did not scratch the paint. Now I am wondering will that scratch allow water and grime to insert itself under the Diamond Shield. Can I seal the scrape? Don't want to have a bigger problem in the future.

I know a number of you don't like Diamond Shield at all but my MH came with it, I don't want to take it off, just am worried about it not being sealed in that one area with the scrape.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-16-2013, 04:47 AM   #2
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Call the folks at Diamond Shield in Rochester, NY. I've talked to them and they are quite helpful.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:20 AM   #3
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And if you do get some advice drone DS please report back. Ours came with it too. Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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We have an '04 Itasca Horizon with the 330 CAT and we're the third owners of it. I'm pretty sure the second ones didn't have the shield put on so, it either came with it from the factory or, the first owners had it installed. I don't know if it's Diamond Shield or a 3M product, probably the same exact stuff anyway.

Anyway, I scuffed ours along my stucco wall, on the left front lower corner too. I did it about 18 months ago. Since then, I've had no evidence of infiltration of dirt, debris, air, water or anything there of, look like it's doing any further damage. The scuff is still the scuff. It hasn't gotten a bit worse. But, one thing here. We live in So CAL and while the coach is under a drive under cover for 24/7 while we're not using it, this coach does not see weather extremes and, ugly "salted" road conditions or just about any harsh environment that others might endure.

So, don't know if this helps any but, I thought I'd pass it along.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:11 AM   #5
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As long as it's not peeled up it should not be any difference than a edge. If its peeled up take a razor knife and trim off. Sounds like diamond shield saved you some body damage.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:33 AM   #6
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I have talked to Diamond Shield as suggested by Chet. They were very willing to discuss the situation. For the benefit of everyone, they suggest with a small tear like I have, very carefully take an exacto knife, trim the torn edges back to a clean edge then take a clear touch up paint and carefully seal the edges. Just as an aside, he looked up my coach and said to replace the part on the bumper it would be about $600 as it is a one piece item across the whole bumper.

He is also aware of the discussion concerning some folks having difficulty removing a Diamond Shield coverage. He stated that usually removal can be done without damage to the underlying paint given two criteria, first, the underlying paint was a good paint job with good adhesion and two, the removal is done slowly and incompliance with removal instructions and not just ripped off.

Thanks for all your suggestions, I will update after I have completed the repair.
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