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Find out how 3M products are used in specific abrasive applications. On this page we have grouped a number of applications where our products have solved specific customer problems.

To discuss any of these applications or your specific requirements please contact us

Scotch-Brite™ Durable Flex Belts 3M™ File Belt Sander


3M Abrasive Systems provide solutions for all wood and metal deburring applications from light burrs on precision parts where tolerances are critical, to coarse chamfering of rough edges.

3M™ Cubitron II Backstand

Metal Grinding

3M abrasive solutions for stock removal applications such as flat grinding, weld grinding, deflashing, edge grinding and dimensioning, demonstrate clear performance advantages over conventional products: you can work them harder, deliver a higher rate of cut, and use their durable construction to generate a reliable, consistant performance over a longer period of time.

3M™ Angle Grinder

Metal Cutting

Faster, cleaner cutting with 3M’s range of Metal Cutting discs and power tools.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Surface Conditioning Belt, S Medium


For surface refining applications such as blending scratches, refining defects and handling marks, and setting the grain, the 3M range includes air tools along with discs, wheels, brushes and belts.

3M™ Sanding Sponges


3M offers a variety of sanding tools, abrasives and accessories that can help increase productivity, save costs and improve the quality of your sanding operations.

CF_SR Handpads

Metal Finishing

3M provides efficient, effective abrasive solutions for most metal finishing applications, including matching and blending, final blending and paint preparation. Our extensive range includes air tools, discs, wheels, brushes, belts and handpads that generate a consistent, high quality metal finish whether working by hand or using machines and tools.

3M™ Air-Powered Disc Sander

Cleaning Metal

3M offers a wide range of abrasive solutions for fast, efficient metal cleaning without damaging the underlying surface. Remove unwanted layers from metal such as paint, corrosion, sealants, adhesive and coatings with a variety of different products for very heavy to light duty applications.

3M™ Trizact™ CF Belt

Metal Polishing

3M offers efficient, effective solutions for metal polishing.

3M™ Buffer

Paint & Lacquer Polishing

As well as surface protection, modern paint and lacquer systems are an integral part of a product’s aesthetic appeal. Visual appearance is critical and defects such as scratches, dust inclusions, runners, etc. cannot be tolerated.

3M™ Diamond Microfinishing Film 675L


Engineered solutions from 3M enable slower feed rates, and may also allow you to start the superfinishing processes with a finer grade of film, eliminating sequencing steps and the downtime needed to switch films.