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Cloud Dancer

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Posted: 07/16/10 11:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It took a whole week of hard work. I had to put up a shade so that I could work in 94 degree heat.
My Diamond Shield simply was not what I expected (I ordered it as an option). It started showing black spots about 32 months after I picked up my new MH. It started to crack soon thereafter. It slowly got worst, and finally failed. It got ugly.
I learned, from this forum, that plastic razor blades were available from West Marine. That's all I needed to encourage me to attempt the removal of this product. I used a heat gun, set on the lowest heat, to apply some heat(NOT TOO MUCH) and then scraped the plastic off with ScrapRite orange razor blades. THEN, the real work began. Removing the adhesive was the worst RV-related work I've ever done. I used Goof Off, in the 20 oz can from Home Depot, to soften the adhesive. I slowly/carefully scraped it off.
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Posted: 07/16/10 11:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Final result is sure excellent! if you ever do it again, 3M makes a product that is a 2 part system, one spray kind of dissolves the plastic layer and it comes off easy, the second spray takes of the adhesive. Expensive but worth it! It's called woodgrain remover, or something like that.

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Posted: 07/16/10 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

blu_teddi wrote:

We had a simular problem with our Diamond Shield... I contacted them and was told there was a recall on it... something about the adhesive that was initially used was faulty and allowed mold to grow underneath the " Diamond Shield" . Diamond Shield promptly made arrangements for a representative to come out and assess the situation. They deemed the adhesive was indeed faluty and they sent another technitian out to fully remove and replace the Diamond
Shield. We had had no other problem with it. We love it! makes cleaning bugs off so much easier and it also protects the front from rock dings.


Thanks. I will be giving them a call next week. While mine doesn't look as bad as Clouddancers, it has about as much mildew under it. I was had decided to wait until winter (Florida heat and all that) to remove it but now there is some hope.


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Posted: 07/16/10 01:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Diamond Shield was wonderful to work with. They worked off our schedule ( we full time and travel the country side) and came to us. NO DEDUCTABLE or out of pocket.... Diamond Shield covered all costs.

Good Luck!


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Posted: 07/16/10 11:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a simular problem with our Diamond Shield... I contacted them and was told there was a recall on it... something about the adhesive that was initially used was faulty and allowed mold to grow underneath the " Diamond Shield" . Diamond Shield promptly made arrangements for a representative to come out and assess the situation. They deemed the adhesive was indeed faluty and they sent another technitian out to fully remove and replace the Diamond
Shield. We had had no other problem with it. We love it! makes cleaning bugs off so much easier and it also protects the front from rock dings.

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Posted: 07/16/10 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks amazing after! Great job!


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Posted: 07/16/10 05:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW!





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Posted: 07/16/10 05:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am also working on removing mine right now. Mine looked about like yours and is coming off about like yours. Removing the adhesive has been a HORRIBLE job. So far, I have about 30 hours in mine - the film is off and I am still removing the adhesive.

If I was buying a new motorhome...It would definitely be ordered WITHOUT Diamond Shield.

If I was buying a used motorhome, I would have the stuff removed BEFORE I bought it and let them do it on their nickel. It has been the worst RV product I have ever messed with. I have heard reports of folks having to get the front end re-painted afterwards.

I just an had an email yesterday from somebody with a 2005 unit that had the exact same problem and he was getting ready to remove his because of the Diamond Shield performance too. So it is not just related to the early 2000 or so units. I guess it just takes some time for the elements to do their work. Mine looked great for a while.



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Posted: 07/16/10 03:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As bad as it looked before it looks like it did it's job. The now looks brand new!


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Cloud Dancer

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Bruce Brown wrote:

As bad as it looked before it looks like it did it's job. The now looks brand new!



Ha! Just wait 'til I get my bill.....

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