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The protective film on the front of my 2002 Dynasty looks awful. I would like to remove it safely. 

Is this film the Diamond Shield or the 3M product? How do I get it off without ruining the paint underneath?

I’m not close to anyone who offers this service so it’s going to have to be DIY. 

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3 minutes ago, Patrick said:

The protective film on the front of my 2002 Dynasty looks awful. I would like to remove it safely. 

Is this film the Diamond Shield or the 3M product? How do I get it off without ruining the paint underneath?

I’m not close to anyone who offers this service so it’s going to have to be DIY. 

Many YouTube videos to help you. Heat gun and citrus goof off

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17 minutes ago, Patrick said:

The protective film on the front of my 2002 Dynasty looks awful. I would like to remove it safely. 

Is this film the Diamond Shield or the 3M product? How do I get it off without ruining the paint underneath?

I’m not close to anyone who offers this service so it’s going to have to be DIY. 

We had it bad on another mh and  very expensive cause it could take your color/finish off and your looking at a few thousands 

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16 minutes ago, Patrick said:

Yes, I have seen the videos.  Have you done it?

On other trucks etc. Used to own a detail shop in the past. Would remove al types of funky stripes people thought they were cool to put on, they weren’t. 

It’s on my to do list for our dip, maybe a warmer winter day this year. 
 

Go slow with the heat gun, do not stay in one spot, ever. Be content with small “bites” of the clear bra. Don’t hope for big chunks. 
 

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Hi, I removed diamond shield from a 2005 intruder.

I did the job whilst in Florida because you must have warm temps. I used a heat gun to soften the film and then sliced off strips with a plastic chisel that I bought from Amazon. Then I used citrus solvent to soften glue, using the same scraper to get most glue off, then paper towels to get the rest. You have to go slow and cover the ground under your work area. It's tedious and slow. Took me 3 days. There is a company in Florida that charges 1200 for removal. Next time I take it to him. Lesson learned.

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I removed the mask on my 2002 Windsor myself.

I tried using different chemicals but found the plain old gasoline worked the best. 

I would caution using a heat gun as if you get the clear coat too hot it will come right off.

I used a good size steamer, heavy plastic scrapers, gasoline, and puppy pee pads These have a plastic on one side and absorbent in the center.  Where the film came off easy I'd use the steamer and the putty knives.  I'd strip off a good size are of the mask but this would leave a good amount of the adhesive which was hard to get off.  I would then use the Puppy pads with gasoline, laying the pad across the area to let it work on the adhesive.  I did this in the open so the fumes weren't a problem (I think as my memory is faded). 

Anyway, it took me about 40 hours to do this over ~3 weekends.  None of the paint was damaged except where there were deep rock chips, only a couple of these.

 

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There is a company in Ft Myers, Florida that specializes in the removal. They will also sell their proprietary product to remove. The company is UglyShield Removal. Web page: www.ugly shield removal.com. Phone number:239-240-0793. They removed the shield from my Holiday Rambler Neptune. Really a great job!

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I was taken to the cleaners by some "GYPSY" company that destroyed the front of my coach. Now the lowest estimate that I have received in Phoenix to repaint only the front cap is $10,000.... So  I have a coach that has a totally crappy looking front end. 

Be careful who you choose. 

Sad in Phoenix

Ken

 

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2 hours ago, Grampy OG said:

I was taken to the cleaners by some "GYPSY" company that destroyed the front of my coach. Now the lowest estimate that I have received in Phoenix to repaint only the front cap is $10,000.... So  I have a coach that has a totally crappy looking front end. 

Be careful who you choose. 

Sad in Phoenix

Ken

 

Ken,  I have heard good things about the paint shop in Algodones Mex across from Yuma.   That's not a great distance from Phoenix.   Sorry I can't tell you how to get in touch with them but you can probably just Google and find them.   I was told he would meet you at the casino on this side, discuss what's to be done, and quote the price.

I wonder if they allow crossing back and forth now, they used to.  There would be literally hundreds if not thousands a day buying drugs, eye glasses, dental work, lunch, and trinkets.   Algodones is a small very safe little town,  not scary at all.

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Do yourself a favor and find a shop that sprays pick up truck bed liners.  Some shops has the spray in colors.  The liner spray is textured.  It can be washed with a brush making it easy to get the bugs off.  Spray it on the front cap from the bottom of the windshield down and from each front cap side where the front cap is attached to the side walls.  Chuck B 2004 Windsor

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1 minute ago, Chuck B said:

Do yourself a favor and find a shop that sprays pick up truck bed liners.  Some shops has the spray in colors.  The liner spray is textured.  It can be washed with a brush making it easy to get the bugs off.  Spray it on the front cap from the bottom of the windshield down and from each front cap side where the front cap is attached to the side walls.  Chuck B 2004 Windsor

Ugg, there is a shop in Yuma doing this, and no offense, it’s hideous. 

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If you are anywhere east of the Mississippi River there is a company called Dazzling Details, They are based out of Orlando Florida and will come to you to Remove and Replace the film. Normally it is a two day adventure. They do not use Diamond Shield which is only 4 mills thick. They use the 3M film which is 8Mills thick. They will also do any paint correction before applying the 3M film. They have done many coaches in our group. They did my 05 Exec over 7years ago and it still looks like new.

They are Listed in our Vendors list.

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Just had it done at my body shop while having some rear damage repaired.  They said the secret is spraying the 3M down with oven cleaner and letting it sit a couple days.  Peeled right off then they cleaned off the residue with plastic razor blades and 3M citrus adhesive remover.  Looks soooo much better now!

 

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I removed mine on our 2001 dip le a few years  ago. I purchased a steam wall paper remover, a good adhesive remover and orange plastic razor blades. I broke it up into probably 5 sessions. Once I got the hang of it it was easy work. You just take your time. It turned out really well with no paint damage. Happy to provide product links for anyone interested. 
Bill

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Rhino Lining is NOT what you want to put on the front of your coach. There is a BIG difference chemically between the lining used for trucks and the protective shield used for the front of RV's.

The only company that I know that will do it correctly is located in Texas. They have two shops and are called North Texas RV located in Sherman and Krum TX.

Here are a few photos of a previous members coach who had it done before selling his coach.

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On 9/14/2021 at 8:01 AM, Dr4Film said:

Rhino Lining is NOT what you want to put on the front of your coach. There is a BIG difference chemically between the lining used for trucks and the protective shield used for the front of RV's.

The only company that I know that will do it correctly is located in Texas. They have two shops and are called North Texas RV located in Sherman and Krum TX.

Here are a few photos of a previous members coach who had it done before selling his coach.

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Wow!!!! That looks very very nice. I wonder what they paid... 

 

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On 9/14/2021 at 8:01 AM, Dr4Film said:

Rhino Lining is NOT what you want to put on the front of your coach. There is a BIG difference chemically between the lining used for trucks and the protective shield used for the front of RV's.

The only company that I know that will do it correctly is located in Texas. They have two shops and are called North Texas RV located in Sherman and Krum TX.

Here are a few photos of a previous members coach who had it done before selling his coach.

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That looks better 

On 9/14/2021 at 7:13 AM, bill_mary_matt said:

I removed mine on our 2001 dip le a few years  ago. I purchased a steam wall paper remover, a good adhesive remover and orange plastic razor blades. I broke it up into probably 5 sessions. Once I got the hang of it it was easy work. You just take your time. It turned out really well with no paint damage. Happy to provide product links for anyone interested. 
Bill

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Very nice. I think I’ll try your route. 

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This topic has been around since the early 2000's.  I spent some time in and around Foley, Al where Rex Darley lived.  There was a shop in that area that did spray on bed liners.  They did a Monaco coach using the same colors that the coach was painted.  I looked like the coach in the pictures shown on this thread.  I do not know if some of the pictures were the same coach.  Any way the spray on bed liner is a option.  What I like about it is that the front end of the coach can be washed using a brush to get the bugs off.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  Chuck B 2004 Windsor

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24 minutes ago, Chuck B said:

This topic has been around since the early 2000's.  I spent some time in and around Foley, Al where Rex Darley lived.  There was a shop in that area that did spray on bed liners.  They did a Monaco coach using the same colors that the coach was painted.  I looked like the coach in the pictures shown on this thread.  I do not know if some of the pictures were the same coach.  Any way the spray on bed liner is a option.  What I like about it is that the front end of the coach can be washed using a brush to get the bugs off.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  Chuck B 2004 Windsor

Agree for sure. Some of us are form over function, or vise versa 

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