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Solutions for Aircraft Paint Shops

With the fast changing requirements of aircraft painting, 3M constantly strives for new solutions to make your job easier, faster and more cost effective. We offer a complete product range for paint shop applications. From paint removal and paint preparation over painting to paint finishing. Whatever your problem is, we have a solution for you.

Whether you are involved in aircraft manufacturing or the repair and maintenance of airplanes, with the exception of the paint itself, 3M can provide a complete portfolio for many of your paint shop issues.

3M's long and thorough experience and technical expertise in the area enables us to provide you full process analysis followed with recommendation of ideal products and application optimizations for each step of the process, helping you solve your current issues and maximize the throughput.

On top of that, 3M can provide many of the products needed to create a safe and healthy working environment. With a range starting with head and eye protection and ending with coveralls and overboots, we provide safety from head to toe.

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Paint Removal and Paint Preparation

Paint Removal and Paint Preparation

3M’s advanced range of abrasive products provides highly efficient preparation no matter what kind of surface you have to treat, Titanium, Aluminium or Carbon Fibre. Recently introduced the range now includes light and powerful grinding machines.

3M also offers a complete line of high performance and easily removable masking products such as masking and fine line tapes or masking paper.

For paint stripping applications we have developed easy to apply window masks that offer perfect protection of the aircraft windows against chemicals during stripping procedures.

In addition to these solutions, we provide a wide range of respiratory protection products and light paint shop coveralls that offer breathable comfort and protection your employees and you can rely on.

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Painting

Painting

3M Paint Preparation System (PPS™) has the ability to meet all of the painters’ requirements for the mixing, preparation and application of primers, basecoats and clearcoats in both large and small applications.

This disposable mixing and spraying system eliminates the need for traditional spray gun mixing cups and paper filters saving time and increasing efficiency. The liners and lids, with built in filters, form a closed system allowing the spray gun to function at any angle, which when used in conjunction with our recommended processes, guarantees a safe and high quality result.

Upon completing the painting process, the liner and filter lid can be discarded, leaving only the spray gun and adapter to be cleaned. The painting system produces cleaner jobs, reduces solvent usage by up to 70 percent and improves operator efficiency. Because there is less solvent used, the operator is exposed to smaller amounts of solvent vapours and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in addition to reducing disposal costs.

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Paint Finishing

Paint Finishing

We offer a variety of paint finishing and polishing products that includes abrasives, buffs, glazes, waxes and high performance wipes.

We can also help you with the definition of a model process for your precise painting needs in order to avoid unsteady finishing results in future.

For more details see the products in our product catalogue.

If you have further questions regarding 3M’s paint shop solutions, contact us