3M Perfect-it™ Colour Coded Polishing System

  • Use the 3M Perfect-It™ Colour Coded Polishing System to remove scratches and obtain a high gloss, defect free surface. The products are designed to complement each other and the colour coding assures that you use the right compound/polish with its correct foam pad to achieve the best results.

    Note: The compounds recommended in this polishing process are for professional use for newly applied clear coats. For already aged / weathered surfaces, products from the 3M Car Care range are better suited.

Car Polishing and Compounding Video


  • Compound

    For best results: Place the machine flat onto the surface, only use light pressure and reduce the pressure towards the end of the compounding process.

      • Apply a small amount of 3M™ Perfect-it™ III Fast Cut Plus Extreme Compound (PN51815 in 1 kg or 51816 in 0.5kg) or Fast Cut Plus Compound (PN50417) to the corresponding colour coded green foam pad, place pad onto panel and start up the polisher.
      • For geographical regions with warmer temperatures, use 3M™ Perfect-it™ III Fast Cut XL Compound (PN51052) for a longer open time.
      • Ideal RPM range: 800 - 1200 RPM - for ca. 2 x 10 secs depending on curing status / hardness of the clear coat.
  • Control Step: Use 3M™ Finish Control Spray (PN55535) to remove all compound residue and check that scratches have been removed sufficiently. If need be, repeat the compounding step to avoid any "come-back" of scratches at a later stage.


      • Attach a 3M™ High Gloss Polishing Pad (yellow) to polisher (speed: 1.200 - 1.800 RPM) and apply 3M™ Perfect-it™ III Extra Fine Compound (PN80349) to the pad.
      • Place the pad flat onto panel, start machine and move across panel until a high gloss is achieved - time approx. 20 secs, depending on hardness of the clear coat. Increase the RPM towards the end of the polishing process.

Finish - particularly needed for dark colours

  • Note: Using this process too dry will not give you swirl-free results! Don't apply too much pressure - just run the pad over the surface, covering the whole area generously.

    To clean off the whole area, wipe with 3M™ Perfect-It™ Ultra Soft Cloth, Blue.

      • To achieve the best results and remove swirls and holograms, particularly on dark colours, a final step using 3M™ Perfect-it™ Ultrafina™ (PN50383) is recommended.
      • Change to the 3M™ Perfect-it™ Ultrafina™ high gloss polishing pad (blue), apply polish onto the pad, assuring that the pad is covered with polish.
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