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Old 06-16-2019, 11:23 PM   #1
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Protective Film (3M?) on 2015 Solera

Need help!
Bought our Solera new in 2015 we picked it up after only a couple of days from being delivered from FR.
My question:
The MB hood, and front cab over area along with the exposed from sides of the coach all had a protective film on them. I assumed (at time of delivery) that this was for rock and road grime protection. Now Iím wondering if this film was there just for transport from FR to the dealer and should have been removed. It looks nasty now and is impossible to get bugs and mold looking spots off (we live in the high humidity south!)
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:31 PM   #2
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I have the same problem. Bought my camper new and stored under roof not covered. I think the film is diamond shield , to protect the paint from impact damage. The film over the cab has mold in it Iíve tried applying isopropyl alcohol that the film manufacturer recommended without improvement. Also tried spraying the film with benzalkonium chloride to kill and inhibit the mold without improvement. Now Iím left with gently removing the film with heat, film glue solvent and plastic scrappers. There are you tube videos on doing this and it looks time consuming. The risk is pulling off the paint. I am considering getting a quote from this film removal clinic. They are not too far from me and may know the ďtricksĒ from doing many of these rv film removals.

https://uglyshieldremoval.com/

If you find a good product to release the film , let me know .
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:17 PM   #3
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So do think it was meant to stay on for the life of the RV or is this some protectant put on by the factory as one person has suggested to me.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:52 PM   #4
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:46 PM   #5
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I found this on amazon. Looks like people swear by it ant it doesnít harm the paint

3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner, Quart, 08984 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZIM9XPI..._x9ecDb488S5QG
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:10 PM   #6
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My '14 Solera has the same problem. According to a friend who owns a body shop the mold is between the film and paint, and will eventually damage the paint.
We started removing a small section using heat, rubber wheels, and a variety of adhesive removers. None work well, though wd-40 did best, it softens the film, allowing it to be scraped of with a plastic chisel. I still haven't found anything that will successfully remove the adhesive residue. Hope someone has a good solution, its a mess.
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:31 PM   #7
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It will correct itself

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Need help!
Bought our Solera new in 2015 we picked it up after only a couple of days from being delivered from FR.
My question:
The MB hood, and front cab over area along with the exposed from sides of the coach all had a protective film on them. I assumed (at time of delivery) that this was for rock and road grime protection. Now Iím wondering if this film was there just for transport from FR to the dealer and should have been removed. It looks nasty now and is impossible to get bugs and mold looking spots off (we live in the high humidity south!)
Same issue with my MBS SUnseeker that I kept covered
Last year when we took it out it had black dots under the film.
Nothing would take it off
Left it in sun for a week and spots vanished

Good luck
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:17 PM   #8
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If ur in Florida I highly recommend ugly bug shield removal. They are located in North Ft Myers. They removed my ugly shield in March 2019 and did a great job. Owners name is Wayne and you catch him on YouTube. Cost was around $500 and was a full days work. Good luck.
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