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Paint Booth Protection with Dirt Trap

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3M™ Dirt Trap Protection System for paint booths

Clean your booth regularly when it´s necessary and not only when you have the time to shut it down for approximately 2 days!

  • Man applying 3M dirt trap on a wall of a paint booth
    • 3M has taken the simple concept of surface protection and revolutionised it to enhance your car painting process.

      Not only is the 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection System great for surface protection, but a closer look reveals a breakthrough innovation that actually traps dust, dirt and overspray in a unique non-woven construction, reducing paint nibs and paint booth maintenance, protecting your investment and improving booth brightness.

      Designed to protect surfaces while trapping dust, dirt and paint overspray, 3M™ Dirt Trap Material captures airborne contaminants resulting in a cleaner repair. When overspray and dust settles on your freshly painted surfaces, they must be removed, creating extra work and raising costs.

       
      • White non-woven surface protection material with adhesive backing
      • Protects surfaces while trapping dust, dirt and paint overspray
      • Brightens work areas
      • Also suitable to protect other work areas such as: table tops, paint scales, paint mixing rooms walls and floors
      • Help capture airborne contaminants resulting in a cleaner repair

      Download 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection System Brochure (PDF, 1.9MB)


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Discover our range of Dirt Trap materials to improve your paint booth protection, your paint department’s productivity and your overall profitability.


Step-by-step process guide for paint booth protection

Safety first! Please always consult national regulations for suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use against hazards, including isocyanates. PPE shown may not be adequate or suitable for your specific application or substances used.

  • Be aware:

    When applying Dirt Trap Protection Material for the very first time, the paint booth surface needs to be thoroughly cleaned, all previous contamination and paint residue needs to be removed to provide a smooth, clean surface for Dirt Trap to adhere to. The cleaner the surface - the better is the adhesion of the Dirt Trap Protection Material!

    First apply Dirt Trap Protection non-woven material (white) to the walls, then apply the clear Dirt Trap Protection Material film to any paint booth windows.

    Dirt Trap Protection Material should be changed every 2-3 months by pulling the material off the walls and replacing it with fresh ones. If the non-woven material is saturated with dirt particles, the functionality is reduced, so change the material as regularly as needed. After 6 months on the booth wall, adhesive residue from the Dirt Trap Protection Material might remain. Store any unused material in dry conditions ideally at 20 °C (and below 30 °C).

  • Man using a dirt trap applicator and starting applying the dirt trap protection material on a wall

    Step 1 - Positioning

  • Man applying the dirt trap protection material on a wall with a spreader

    Step 2 - Applying

    Once the material is attached to the surface, use the spreader using light pressure and work from the middle outwards to smooth the material and attach it firmly to the wall. (Pressure sensitive adhesion.)

    Do not overstretch material when applying it to the wall!

  • Man cleaning a window with a white cloth

    Step 3 - Cleaning

    Clean the windows thoroughly, removing all dirt and grease to allow for maximum adhesion of the Dirt Trap Protection Film.

    Recommended products:

    3M™ Microfibre Detailing Cloth

    3M™ Glass Cleaner

  • Man positioning the dirt trap protectin film on a window

    Step 4 - Positioning

    Position the applicator to allow a vertical application of the film.

    Recommended products:

    3M™ Dirt Trap Clear Film Protection Material

    3M™ Dirt Trap Clear Film Dispenser

  • Man mixing liquid soap with water using a spray bottle

    Step 5 - Positioning

    Using a spray bottle with water and a drop of liquid soap, apply a fine film of moisture to the window surface. (It helps to position the film onto the surface and reduces the risk to crinkle the film.)

    Recommended products:

    3M™ Detailing Spray Bottle

    3M™ Spray Trigger Nozzle Head

  • Man applying the dirt trap protection film with a spreader on a window

    Step 6 - Applying

    Apply the film from bottom upwards to the top of the window. Use the spreader working from the centre outwards to flatten the film, activate the adhesive with light pressure and remove the moisture residue.

    Tip: Apply this film in tracks next to each other without overlap.

    Tip: don't forget to protect and clean your skin and hands too! The unique 3M™ Skin Care System offers several products suitable for body and paint shop workers.


Technical tips for booth protection with Dirt Trap

Here are some valuable insights into specific paint booth protection challenges, including quick tips on changing and maintaining materials. For more in-depth information, click the link below to see each tip.

  • Customer Challenge:
    Adhesive coating removed usually after 2-3 months with a high-pressure cleaner and water usage. The water in the spray booth must first dry, which means a longer downtime for the booth. Therefore, the cabin is usually cleaned when the time is right and not when it is necessary.


    Technical Tip:
    3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material should be changed after around 150 paint cycles or every 1-2 months by pulling the material off the walls and replacing it with fresh ones. If the non-woven material is saturated with dirt particles, the functionality is reduced, so change the material as regularly as needed.

    Caution: After 6 months on the booth wall, adhesive residue from the Dirt Trap Protection Material might remain.

  • Customer Challenge:
    If you use an adhesive coating, this needs to remove with a water high-pressure cleaner. The cleaning takes time and also the drying of the water in the cabin. Therefore, the cleaning is often done on Fridays, the drying lasts over the weekend and on Mondays the new adhesive paint is applied with a spray gun. This is done in order to reduce the downtime of the booth as a bottleneck during the weekly operation.


    Technical Tip:
    After a one-time basic cleaning of the booth before the first application and some practice in applying 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material, the time required is significantly reduced. It takes on average 1-2 people and the complete time required for cleaning and new application only takes about 1 ½ - 2 hours.

    The easy cleaning and application makes it possible to clean the cabin more often and faster with the enormous advantage that no water has to be used in the spray booth, which leads to corrosion and further and expensive consequential damages to the filters and other components.

  • Customer Challenge:
    Depending on the size of the spray booth or due to the possibility of renewing individual sheets of the 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material, the remaining material on the roll and can be stored and used for the next change.


    Technical Tip:
    Store any unused 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material in the original carton under normal conditions of 21 °C and 50 % relative humidity. Avoid storing the material in temperatures above 29 °C for long periods of time and keep it covered and clean.


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