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Old 05-23-2016, 01:28 PM   #1
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How to clean front film?

I have been having a problem cleaning bug splatter from my diamond shield film on front of rv. I have used some bug cleaning sprays and a chamois rag and get stubborn smears? Any suggestions? Clean first and then rewax or what?
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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There was a test report in Motorhome Magazine a few months ago. There were several that came out as "winners" and didn't remove the wax. I waxed mine than used 303 on it. Only had the rig a little over a year but it seems to be working OK.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:10 PM   #3
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I treat mine after its cleaned with 303 and then use a Norwex Kitchen Cloth to clean the bugs using straight water. Nothing else. I use the same cloth draped over my extend a pole brush to do the windshield and a Micro Fiber towel to dry.
The bugs come off easily and does not effect the wax.
Most of the spray cleaners and bug removers will peel the wax off with the bugs. This method does not.
Sounds weird but it is the best method I've found.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:46 PM   #4
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I also wipe 303 on the film after washing. I've stopped using microfiber towels for everything except glass though. I use cotton cloth to apply the 303.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:53 PM   #5
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I also wipe 303 on the film after washing. I've stopped using microfiber towels for everything except glass though. I use cotton cloth to apply the 303.
Interesting, I have come to the conclusion personally the world as we know it could no longer exist without Microfiber Towels. .

Between MF towels and Waterless Car Wash, life's good.
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I believe that microfiber is not recommended for cleaning the Diamond Shield. I mostly use just water and a cotton terry cloth rag. I will also use Windex for the ones that smear. Cleaning the bugs off the front of the coach is part of my setup routine. I try never to let the bugs sit overnight.
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How to clean front film

Difficult bug crud is best removed when the ambient temp is high, and the liberal use of denatured alcohol.

Does it better than anything I've seen!
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My last coach had 3M film and after 10 years, it still looked good, but had small micro scratches I think I added by scrubbing over the years with a soft brush I use for the rest of the coach.

When I bought my new coach two years ago, I decided to try something new and be more careful with the film. I only use a lambs wool mitt to clean it. After a really buggy trip, I rinse the film with water and get things plenty wet. After I've given the water a chance to soak in, I use the lambs wool and clean it with the soap I use on the coach.

Once the bugs are cleaned off, I generously use 303 to protect it. If you keep a good coat of 303 on the front, typically, the bugs come off easily. I usually try to clean it anytime I've driven on a buggy day.
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After eight years of full-timing and traveling constantly, including a summer to Alaska, our Diamond Shield looked like new.

We never used bug remover - the normal washing took them right off. We used 303 on it, also.

Take a trip to Alaska if you want to marvel at the amount of bugs!! There wouldn't be more than a 1-inch space between them many days. We had to clean the front and the windshield daily even after only a few hours of driving.

We boondocked a lot so didn't always have extra water available. We talked to truckers and found that they used water mixed with windshield washer fluid. We put about 6 inches of the mixture in a bucket and dipped the windshield brush in it for doing the whole front end. The bugs came off effortlessly.
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