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Posted: 08/05/12 06:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the best solution to the film put on the front of the rv. My 04 horizon has this film and it is cracked and makes the front look dirty and nasty.
Can it be removed by hand. I doubt it. What have any of you guys done?
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Yep! took 2 days and lots of elbow grease! and we still have a small strip on the bottom we haven't done yet. Been putting it off!
What you will need: heat gun, plastic scraper (we used plastic paint scraper but you can use plastic razor blades with a handle), 2 days of time and some friends!!
Use a heat gun but not on too hot setting. Work in small areas at a time.
Heat the film until it softens, then scrape off the film. Be careful not to scrape the paint underneath (we did in one spot).
that will leave a sticky adhesive. We used Goo Gone to remove the sticky residue. Spray on the Goo Gone, wait a few mintues, then wipe off.
We got an estimate from a paint and body shop of $1000 and they wouldn't guarantee that we wouldn't have to repaint the front of the RV when they were done. So DH did it himself with a helper that we paid. No easy solution. When you are done your fingers will be sore and your muscles will hurt in places you didn't know you had muscles.
Having said all that, we will NEVER have that stuff put on our RV again!


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After the film was off I used paint thinner to remove the adhesive.


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Ladies and Gents,
Long story short, we flew to Texas to pick up an '04 Horizon that the owner said the outside was "flawless". Well, upon arival, we started our walk around and found the entire front end where the 3M application was, was all "cracked" in a zillion directions. It looked like chicken feet. It was horrible. I almost killed the owner for not telling me about it. His answer was/is: "It's only cosmetic", I don't pay any attention to it".

Well, $800.00 later that day for return tickets, and we were back at square one for looking. The point is/was, yes it can be removed but, there's no gauranty that you won't peel the paint with it and, an estimate at the time was around $2500.00 to strip, sand and repaint to match the full body paint scheme.

So, we walked (flew) away. Our present '04 Horizon, has the 3M and IS flawless. I'm hoping it will stay like that for quite a while.
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Posted: 08/05/12 09:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Watched a Diamond Shield tech remove one a while back. He used a wallpaper steamer to loosen the adhesive behind the film, then plastic razor blades to scrape it off, Xylol to remove residual adhesive. The steamer will not overheat the paint on the vehicle like a heat gun will. Xylol is available in the paint dept of most any Lowes or Home Depot, I would test a small area somewhere out of sight first. It took about 12 hours to remove it with no damage to the paint.


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Posted: 08/05/12 09:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not sure I have 3M film on mine but mine was peeling and flaking off. What I did was use the stuff they use on truck beds. My coach is DARK green where it was peeling, all I did was sand it down (roughing up the surface) and put it on with a brush. If you look at it close up you can tell. But from a distance it looks like there is a Bra on the front... My coach is 11yrs old so I did not want to pour a lot of money into it....


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Posted: 08/06/12 02:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I myself don't believe in these clear bra's, what people don't know is time/heat/sun will destroy these clear bras and removing them will be difficult and how many will destroy the paint in removing them, here in Vegas many expensive sport cars are having them put on but from the sun/heat here in 5-8 years they will have to have the hood repainted because of the damage of removal.

I have own many cars and RV's and very little damage over the years without clear or vinyl bra's on front.

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That is the worst CR-P in the world. It cracks, gets mold underneath and after a short time "dulls" the front of the coach. When I had the coach painted, I left that stuff off.


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