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Innovative 3M Solutions For Car Repairs

  • From preparation to finish, 3M abrasives play a key role in all bodyshop processes.

    3M have developed a full range of abrasives to suit every type of application, incorporating innovative technologies for superior performance, anti loading and a consistent finish.

    The right abrasives play a key role for a perfect result in vehicle refinishing. Whether in the process of preparation, dry primer sanding or fine sanding before paint application.

    The portfolio includes grinding wheels and file belts, fine finishing and hand abrasives, as well as a large choice of abrasive discs and sheets. Our quality abrasives and a further range of accessories are designed to help you to safely and efficiently achieve your desired results.

    From small awkward areas and SMART Repair, to tough e-coat removal, our abrasives are available in a wide variety of sizes and grades to secure the perfect finish.


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    3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives

    3M™ Cubitron™ II products give a finer and more consistent finish in car scratch repair and paint removal. They cut quicker and last longer, enabling a cooler sanding process and helping you be more productive than ever – reducing cycle time and rework. They require less pressure and the multihole pattern allows for optimum dust extraction in your bodyshop.

    3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasive Discs and Sheets are available in various grades with a very thin, flexible backing that conforms effortlessly to tools and contoured surfaces.

    Conventional abrasive minerals vary in form and size, as well as in distribution on the backing surface. These abrasives work irregularly on the surface, generating heat and leading to shorter life of the product with reduced surface quality.

    The patented, precision-shaped 3M™ Cubitron™ II minerals are evenly distributed and oriented on the abrasive carrier material, so they're all applied onto the surface with the same intensity. The result is a maximised abrasive action with a fine, even finish and a cooler sanding process for long-lasting abrasives – ideal for use in filler sanding, plastic repair and car paint preparation.

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  • 3M™ Blue Abrasives

    3M™ Blue Abrasives

    3M™ Blue Abrasives 325U use a blend of engineered ceramic mineral with our Precision Shaped Grain technology. This combination delivers an excellent cut, performance and disc life during car paint removal. It’s multi-hole technology enables excellent dust extraction to deal with any loose debris.

    These abrasives are designed for a range of automotive applications, from removing paint to sanding primer prior to basecoat application.

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  • 3M™ Gold Abrasives

    3M™ Gold Abrasives

    3M™ Gold Abrasives 255P+ are well known throughout the bodyshop industry for their quality, performance and durability. They have upgraded aluminium oxide for advanced performance, a great cut and less loading – giving improved dust extraction.

    They’re available in a variety of sizes, grades and hole configuration, and play a key role in all bodyshop processes, including primer sanding and car paint removal.

    Each product incorporates the 3M™ Hookit™ fixing system, which when used with a 3M™ Hookit™ back up pad means it can be attached and reattached as many times as needed.

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  • 3M™ Finishing and Fine Finishing Abrasives

    3M™ Finishing and Fine Finishing Abrasives

    • Finishing Abrasives
      3M™ Finishing Abrasives are designed for blending and remove runs, dust nibs and excess orange peel from topcoat finishes before repainting or buffing. Our 260L discs are faster and easier to use than scuffing pads, and they are quicker and more efficient than wet sanding in paint preparation and car scratch repair.
    • 3M’s Flexible Foam Abrasive Discs combine a flexible aluminium oxide abrasive with a soft foam to create a high performing, versatile blending abrasive which conforms to irregular surfaces. Ideal for wet or dry use, by hand or machine.
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    • Fine Finishing Abrasives
      3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives are used in car paint defect removal and refinement, helping to reduce compounding and buffing time. They consist of precisely-shaped three-dimensional pyramids, distributed uniformly over the surface of the disc.
    • As these pyramids wear down, fresh, sharp mineral is constantly exposed, resulting in faster, more consistent cutting throughout the life of the abrasives – ideal for bodyshop applications.
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    3M™ Manual Abrasives

    For various tasks in car maintenance, including denibbing, the use of manual abrasives is essential. Be it 3M™ Wetordry™ Abrasives for traditional sanding or foam backed abrasives - 3M offers a wide range of products, and grades, such as:


    • 3M™ Wetordry™ - Off-hand sanding on panelling, lacquer surfaces and metal components.
    • 3M™ Soft Hand Pads - Various grades for manual sanding of body lines or addition to dry sanding processes.
    • 3M™ Hookit™ Flexible Hand Sheets - Designed for wet or dry sanding with a very thin, extremely flexible film backing that conforms effortlessly to tools and contoured surfaces.
    • 3M™ Soft Hand Roll - Foam backed, perforated abrasives as addition to dry sanding processes.
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    3M™ Bodyshop Abrasives

    Modern cars are still largely built from steel; however, the quality has improved. Historically, removing the damage and paint was a rough job; today precision tools and materials are required to preserve the structural integrity of thin, lightweight and high strength metals.

    Using our patented 3M™ Cubitron™ II technology, 3M offers a range of cutting tools, including 3M™ Cubitron™ II Cut-off Wheels for accurate, clean removal of any damaged parts, 3M™ Cubitron™ II Roloc™ Discs and 3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Sanders for precise body repair grinding tasks.

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Our solutions for your bodyshop

All body shop solutions

3M offer targeted solutions for your bodyshop that fit in with your unique workflow and local conditions. Our abrasives work fast, but without creating deep scratch patterns that can be time consuming and costly to remove. 3M provides the solution for every scenario, meaning we’re with you every step of the way.

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    Body filler preparation and sanding process

    The first sanding steps are the foundation for a perfect finish in car repairs. 3M products let you work efficiently and avoid deeper scratch patterns, providing you with the ideal ground for primer application.

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    Fine sanding for car painting

    Once the primer is applied, the surface smoothness must blend in with the surrounding area to give an even substrate for the basecoat and clearcoat.

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    E-coat sanding for new part preparation

    New parts for existing vehicles need special treatment to ensure the optimum final appearance. 3M’s targeted products will help you every step of the way to achieve great results.


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    Total Automotive Sanding System

    3M and Festool Automotive Systems have formed a global strategic collaboration to best serve the automotive collision repair industry. 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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