3M's unique paint rectification processes and products can help you achieve the desired result for your customers.
Whether you have to remove surface defects or just want to achieve the perfect finish - our easy to follow guide on colour coded compounding processes can help you achieve great results in just a few steps.
For freshly refinished panels:
Just two 3M™ Trizact™ sanding steps are required for an excellent result: grades 3000 and 8000. Followed up with 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material.
For hard fully cured, or OEM clear coats:
Use the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Colour Coded Polishing System to obtain a high gloss, defect free surface. Our colour coded products are designed to compliment each other and the colour coding assures that you use the correct compound with it's corresponding foam pad for best results.
To achieve the perfect finish for your customers, the key is to use the correct application process for your clear coats - stick to your paint manufacturers recommendations!
State-of-the-art modern clear coats are very sensitive to drying conditions, which can determine the difficulty of your finishing process and the overall quality of your result.
The bake time paint manufacturers' recommend, usually refers to time in the oven at "object temperature".
The key is to identify how much additional time is needed to heat the object to temperature and add this to the baking time.
Pictures taken with a IR camera:
After 5 mins: Engine and bonnet heating up
After 15 mins: Temperature spreading but the lower part of the door still hasn't reached 50°C
The longer the open time of the hardener (type: slow), the longer the cure time will be, to achieve a fully cured coating.
The thicker the overall coating, the longer the cure time will be to achieve a fully cured coating. State of the art High Solid Clearcoats achieve higher thickness layers per application.
The slower the hardener. The longer the hardener. The thicker the coating layer. The shorter the time or lower the temperature... the less cured the clear coat will be for polishing.
Depending on local variables in the process - choose the most efficient polishing process.
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3M’s best-in-class abrasives innovation, including 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives, are now available in conjunction with premium Festool Automotive Systems surface prep tools, including pneumatic and electric sanders, polishers and backup pads, vacuums and surface-prep workstations, dust extraction capabilities and service.
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