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Manufacturing Consumables

3M offer a ‘one stop shop’ for consumables used across the Automotive plant process: starting with body in white, through to E-coat, primer preparation and top coat finishing. Through our 90 years in automotive industry we are able to tailor our offering to meet customers’ diverse requirements, but further to this often able to suggest improvements due to our unique product portfolio and field based technical experts.

3M consumables are used in several applications including; grinding, cleaning, sanding, polishing, masking and painting. The range also extends to personal safety equipment that can protect the operative in the unique plant environment. The work safety equipment on offer ranges from goggles, coveralls, respirations, hearing to welding shields and more.




Masking

Masking

3M invented Scotch® masking tape for the automotive industry in the early 1920's and our commitment to deliver innovative masking solutions is just as strong now as it was then. 3M Automotive are able to include a complete range of masking products, some of the most popular products include:

3M™Scotch® Fine Line Tapes

Scotch® fine line tapes are the right choice where exceptional conformability and very thin paint lines are required. The range includes 4737T which has a temperature performance of 160°C.

3M™Clear Masking Film

A high density, clear polyethylene sheeting designed to mask large areas of the vehicle. Benefits include; cling ensures complete masking, simple one-person application, available in 4m, 5m and 6m widths and ease of cut.

3M™ General Purpose Masking

The crepe paper backing has been designed for conformability that will maintain integrity when formed around corners. Its good holding power means that it will not lift or curl which eliminates the need for rework and reduces waste. It also resists slivering and is easy to tear, making it a simple and reliable product to use.

3M™ 80 Degree Masking Tape

This masking tape can withstand temperatures of up to 80°C and is also suitable for masking in cold environments. It has a crepe paper backing for conformability that will maintain integrity when formed around corners. This key feature also makes the product easy to use as it resists slivering, is hand tearable and removes cleanly.

The rubber adhesive used on the tape creates instant adhesion with good holding power that resists lifting, controls unwind and helps to reduce rework and waste.

3M™ High Strength Masking

Tape has a crepe paper backing for conformability that will maintain integrity when formed around corners. This key feature also makes the product easy to use as it resists slivering and is hand tearable. The rubber adhesive used on the tape creates instant adhesion with good holding power that resists lifting, controls unwind and helps to reduce rework and waste.

3M™ Low Tack Masking Tape

3M™ Low Tack Masking Tape has specially formulated low tack adhesive properties which make it ideal to use on sensitive materials. The crepe paper backing is saturated for easy tear and means that the product will maintain its integrity when formed around corners. Its good holding power resists lifting and curling and ultimately helps to reduce rework and waste.

3M™ 100 Degree Masking Tape

The temperature performance of this product allows air-drying and oven curing of paint systems for up to one hour at a maximum of 100°C. Whilst offering clean and easy removal, its rubber adhesive creates good holding power that resists lifting, controls unwind and helps to reduce rework and waste. This key feature of the 100 Degree Masking Tape makes it an easy and reliable product to use as it resists slivering, is hand tearable and is moisture and solvent resistant.

3M™ 160 Degree Masking Tape

The crepe paper backing of the 160 Degree Masking Tape has been designed for conformability that will maintain integrity when formed around corners. Its good holding power means that it will not lift or curl which eliminates the need for rework and also reduces waste. The dark tan crepe paper makes this product easily distinguishable from others in the range. It also has thicker backing paper for durability, excellent solvent resistance, is easy to tear and will not sliver - making it a simple and reliable product to use.

Paint Spraying

Paint Spraying

3M™ PPS™ Paint Preparation System

An innovative system from 3M that enables painters to mix less paint, reduce the amount of solvent used, and speed cleanup. Operator efficiency can improve by as much as 15 percent.

3M delivers with the PPS™ Paint Preparation System. Your job is easier and you save money because the need for traditional mixing cups and paint strainers is eliminated. Now, paint is mixed and sprayed from the same PPS™ cup, liner with a lid with a built-in filter.

Specifically designed adapters allow painters to use the PPS™ system with virtually any spray gun. A key advantage of this closed system is that it enables a painter’s spray gun to function well at any angle, even upside down!

Safe from outside contamination, the PPS™ system offers a cleaner, more efficient solution for all repairs from small spots to large surfaces.

Enhance your quality, reduce solvent use, minimize waste, maximize productivity and make your job easier with the 3M™ PPS™ Paint Preparation System - now in five size options allowing precise, accurate coverage.

Abrasives

3M’s partnership with the automotive industry goes back to the early 1920’s when it introduced Wetordry sandpaper to improve the sanding process. There is still the same commitment behind 3M Abrasives today. We develop abrasives that cut faster, load less and last longer so that our automotive customers can make better vehicles at lower overall cost.

3M abrasives cover all the processes from Body in White through to the Paint Shop and Final Repair. For each application there is an abrasive that will provide the required surface finish time after time.

Dirt inclusions (nibs), paint runs and other surface defects are sanded out to achieve the optimum scratch depth for the best overall repair.

Reduce reworking, remove process steps and give your customers the finish they demand using the wide range of 3M abrasive products. Now there is also a range of 3M Power Tools that are designed to maximise the performance of 3M abrasives.

Among our vast range of abrasives, our most popular products are:

3M™ Hook-it™ 245

3M™ Hook-it™ 245

245 is Stiff D-weight paper gives a strong backing and long product life. Coated in aluminium oxide with resin bonding to prevent pre-matue burning, this disc is tough and durable for a consistent finish. This anti loading disc is available in a variety of hole configurations and grades.

3M™ Hook-it™ 360L

3M™ Hook-it™ 360L

360L An aluminum oxide open coat, non-loading Hookit™ disc with precise hole design for improved dust extraction constructed in a film backing. Will give a superior finish on high quality lacquers and clear coats.

3M™ Hook-it™ 338U

3M™ Hook-it™ 338U

338U is a premium abrasive using a C weight paper backed with Hookit attament for portable sanders and off hand sanding. Ideal for intermediate and final sanding on lacquered hard and soft woods, paints lacquers, primers, solid surface materials and plastics it gives a good performance and great value.

3M™ Hook-it™ 734U

3M™ Hook-it™ 734U

734U has a spiral multi-hole pattern for clean sanding premium and uses Cubitron(TM) grain with a C-weight paper backing. It has good mineral support for longer product life, long lasting cutting action and excellent dust management. Features enhanced anti-loading coating to extend product working life.

Coarser grades produce coarser dust particles. The unique 51 hole design captures larger particles through larger holes, optimising extraction whilst increasing cut and improving aggression where you need it most. Premium 3M abrasive mineral delivers rapid cut rate.

3M™ Hook-it™ 334U

3M™ Hook-it™ 334U

334U also uses a spiral multihole for clean sanding and with a C-weight paper backing gives good mineral support for longer product life and long lasting cutting action and excellent dust management. The finer grades produce finer dust particules and the unique 177 hole design provides the ultimate in dust extraction for fine particles giving you a cleaner, safer working environment, reducing the need for rework. Features enhanced anti-loading coating to extend product working life.

3M™ Hook-it™ 255P

3M™ Hook-it™ 255P

255P is a popular and premium quality disc which offers superior performance. A C-weight paper backing gives good mineral support for longer product life and sustained cutting action. Features enhanced anti-loading coating to extend product working life and gives good results particularly with fine grades on difficult to sand top coats and primers.

3M™ Hook-it™ 618

3M™ Hook-it™ 618

618 discs feature a sharp silicon carbide mineral which gives an aggressive cut with fine finish. Higher loading resistance means extended product life.

3M™ Hook-it™ 266L

3M™ Hook-it™ 266L

266L is a film backed, micron graded aluminium oxide disc with a fre-cut anti-loading coating which can be used dry to give a fast , precise and consistent cut with very good finish. Applications include the repair of surface scratches and defects on acrylics, GRP, plastics, paint and lacquers.

Polishing

Polishing

Automotive OEM’s have different objectives based on line speed and customer expectations. Through years of R&D and customer feedback 3M is in a position where a tailored process and product solution can be recommended to meet speed and finish requirements in every plant. 3M have experts in the UK and around the world on site to continue to improve process efficiency by enjoying the power of 3M unrelenting innovation.

Volume production – Localised Defect Removal

Inclusions are inevitable even in the cleanest environments - the objective in the volume plans is to remove the defect in the smallest area possible creating an invisible repair rapidly but effectively. 3M can recommend a number of different solutions to meet different paint types including; wet or dry, hand or machine.

Prestige production – Full Body Sand and Polish

In the luxury or performance car sectors, customers are paying a premium for their vehicle and as a consequence demand the ultimate in paint appearance. 3M is able to create the deep level of gloss demanded but not only this, they are able to facilitate this otherwise painstaking process quicker than ever before with state of the art polishes and compounds. The polishes, when used in combination with the 3M™ Electric Polisher and pads are able to ‘cut’ through the lacquer and create a deep gloss with minimal time and effort. Further rectification stages may be desired to improve the finish and ensure haze/swirls are not apparent in the finish.

Key products include:

Compounds

3M has a complete range of Compounds and Polishes to deliver the required Cut and Finish for different clear coats and paints including 3M Perfect-it Fast Cut Plus, 3M Perfect-it Extrafine Compound, 3M Finesse it K211, 3M Finesse it Finishing Material. These products vary in how liquid they stay in use and the coarseness of the mineral suspended in the water based compound.

Pads

Polishing pads are available in various densities of foam or natural wool to suit the various compounds/paint technologies. Different sizes ranging 3 to 9 inch are at your disposable with the option of the patented ‘Waffle’ finishes which aids cut and reduces heat build up.

Tools

3M has a complimentary range of tools including air/electric sanders and polishers as well as a range of hand accessories. 3M tools are designed to accommodate the size of 3M pad or sanding disc required, this versatility allows for large area efficiency or small area localisation.

Personal protection

Personal protection

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) our goal is to ensure that we satisfy your needs through the provision of exceptional leadership, expertise, quality and service excellence.

3M offers an extensive range of PPE. When designing PPE, we pay particular attention to user comfort to help ensure personnel are more productive and content whilst in the workplace.

Our Personal Safety range includes:

  • Effective and comfortable hearing protection for noisy production areas.
  • Respiratory protection against harmful particles, gases and vapours or a combination of the two. Available in disposable and re-usable formats and in half-mask or full mask versions with replaceable filters. Powered and supplied air respirators are also available with a range of headtops and accessories.
  • Protective equipment for welders incorporating Speedglas auto-darkening welding filters and Adflo powered respirators.
  • A range of flexible yet functional safety eyewear designed for different environments and personal preferences.
  • A range of disposable coveralls designed with comfort in mind to provide protection against a variety of potential skin hazards in the workplace.
  • A range of comfortable and versatile head protection and face protection products including hard hats, headgear and visors.

See the full range of products on our Personal Safety website.

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