Painted cars on automotive assembly line
Automotive Manufacturing: Finesse Deck

Automotive Manufacturing: Finesse Deck

  • Ensuring the perfect factory paint job is never ending and extra seconds spent on small area paint and clearcoat repairs can mean the difference between hitting your production targets or not.

    Whether your process uses manual or automated defect detection systems, 3M’s automotive manufacturing solutions for the Finesse Deck deliver trusted performance for small area, in-line, paint and clearcoat repairs through industry leading solutions for sanding and polishing. Our offerings make it easy for you to choose one system of solutions for a process where every second matters.

Typical Process Steps

  • Cars on assembly line
  • 1. Paint defect detection

    Once painted, vehicles are inspected to ensure paint and clearcoat consistency

    2. Small area paint repair and correction

    Imperfections are repaired using a system of abrasives and polishes

    3. Polishing

    Repaired surfaces are polished to remove sanding marks and restore clearcoat to a high gloss

Featured Finesse Deck Applications

  • Paint defect repair with 3M Finesse-it
  • Manual Clearcoat and Paint Defect Repair

    With imperfections on every vehicle coming down the line, clearcoat and paint defect repair is one of the most labor-intensive jobs in the plant. Operators work in close quarters to identify, sand and polish imperfections in the clearcoat as the vehicle moves down the line.

    Speed, technique and high performing products are critical here to ensure continuous output — making our simple, 2 step process a perfect choice for most plants.

  • 3M Elite Mini Orbital Sander
    3M™ Elite Mini Orbital Sander

    The 3M™ Elite Series Mini Orbital Sander packs the performance of our air-powered orbital hand sanders into a small tool that’s ideal for sanding small defects in painted surfaces.

  • All the benefits operators have come to expect from Trizact™ Finesse-it™ products: fast, consistent cutting action balanced by uniform finishing. These discs help remove surface imperfections from automotive paint without changing the surface topography, and the Microreplication design provides consistent finishes and longer life.

  • Gray foam 3M Finesse-it Buffing Pad
    3M™ Finesse-it™ Buffing Pads

    3M™ Finesse-it™ Buffing Pads remove the abrasive sand scratches that were created to remove small defects in automotive clear coats. Our pads can also be used in the 3M™ Finesse-it™ Trizact™ Paint Repair System for AOEM paint and clear coats.

  • 3M Finesse-it Polish Premium Series 300
    3M™ Finesse-it™ Polish Premium Series 300

    Part of a line of specially designed compounds and polishes to be used on OEM and baked refinish paints to remove sand scratches or to remove swirl marks from previously compounded areas and is designed to produce best results when used with an air or electric buffer equipped with 3M™ Finesse-it™ buffing pads.

Sedan with silver paint job
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  • Automated paint defect repair application
  • 3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System

    Automotive manufacturers rely on highly skilled operators, making topcoat defect repair one of the most labor intensive operations in the plant. This no longer needs to be the case.

    Automated paint repair is more than possible — it’s essential. 3M, in collaboration with its partners, has teamed up to deliver a complete automation solution for paint defect repair. Let us help you automate your defect repair process.

Robotic Paint Repair video
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  • 3M Servo Random Orbital Sander
    3M™ Servo Random Orbital Sander

    The 3M™ Servo Random Orbital Sander provides more consistent speed when pressure is applied than an air driven tool.

  • 3M Servo Random Orbital Buffer
    3M™ Servo Random Orbital Buffer

    The 3M™ Servo Random Orbital Buffer provides more consistent speed when pressure is applied than an air driven tool.

  • 3M Active Compliance Tool
    3M™ Active Compliant Tool

    This component, also called force control, attaches to the robot arm and provides active compliance that allow the robotic tools and abrasives to maintain contact with vehicle surfaces at a specific pressure.

  • 3M Paint Repair Controller
    3M™ Paint Repair Controller

    The 3M™ Repair Controller simultaneously controls the robots and tools to execute embedded repair recipes.

Two workers in automotive assembly plant
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