Collision Repair & Refinish

Finding the Right Pad for Compounding and Polishing Jobs Just Got a Lot Easier

Finding the Right Pad for Compounding and Polishing Jobs Just Got a Lot Easier

3M™ Perfect-It™ Quick Connect System Offers New Six- Inch Pad
for Small Panels, Hard-to-Reach Areas

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Time is money in a body shop, and every innovation that improves productivity is a welcome addition to a repair technician’s toolbox. That’s why 3M Automotive Aftermarket is expanding its 3M™ Perfect-It™ Quick Connect System with new six-inch pads for contoured panels, large and small panels, bumpers, door jambs, hard-to-reach spots and recessed areas.

New 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Disc Allow Users to

New 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Disc Allow Users to
Level Surface Defects on Clear Coat and Greatly Reduce Pigtails

- Long-lasting disc features improved coating for extended performance -

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Looking for an easier way to get that perfect finish on clear coat? Look no further than the new 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Discs, specially formulated with an improved coating that levels surface defects, requires less buffing and rework and reduces pigtails for a perfect finish on clear coat.

Developed by 3M automotive experts to meet paint and body professionals’ requests for an abrasive product that delivers a perfect finish on increasingly harder clear coats, the new 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Discs combine 3M’s abrasive coating technology with innovative design that greatly reduces pigtails in the sanding process.

No More Compounding….Really!

No More Compounding….Really!

New 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 Paint Finishing System Eliminates Need for Compounding
And Delivers One-Step, High-Gloss Finish

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Almost any paint professional would agree, compounding is the most difficult step in the traditional paint finishing process. The time, the heavy polisher, the mess of the rubbing compound – it all adds up to a significant speed bump in the process of delivering a high-quality paint finishing job.

To remove that speed bump, 3M Automotive Aftermarket has re-invented the paint finishing process to eliminate the compounding step – thanks to an advanced paint finishing system that features 3M™ Trizact™ abrasives and 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 Finishing Material. The new 3M Perfect-It Paint Finishing System replaces messy compounds and heavy polishers with a 3M Trizact abrasive disc and DA sander. This new process delivers one-step, high-gloss finishing on today’s automotive paints.

Cutting Edge Technology Comes to the Body Shop

Cutting Edge Technology Comes to the Body Shop

New Advancement in Automotive Abrasive Technology Gives Body Technicians an Edge
In Paint Removal, Body Filler Rough Shaping and Feather Edging

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Sandpaper is sandpaper, right? Not anymore. A new cutting-edge innovation in abrasive technology will now provide a faster cut rate and longer functional life for body shop technicians.

The 3M™ Cubitron™ II Clean Sanding Hookit™ Disc is a revolutionary advancement in automotive abrasive technology. It features 3M Precision-Shaped Grain Technology that provides faster cutting for paint removal, the early sanding stage in small or large area body repairs, body filler rough shaping and feather edging and ultimately lasts long and delivers a finer, more uniform finish.

Meet the New Generation of Spraying Innovation

Meet the New Generation of Spraying Innovation:

New Addition to 3M™ Accuspray™ System
Simplifies Spraying of Coatings Requiring a 1.4 mm Atomizing Head

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – The family of 3M™ Accuspray™ System HVLP spray guns is growing with a new generation of innovation – adding the new 3M™ Accuspray™ HG14 spray gun for the application of coatings requiring a 1.4 mm atomizing head.

This innovative HVLP system, which combines a replaceable atomizing head and 3M™ PPS™ technology, delivers premium performance at a fraction of the cost and effort, can provide exceptional results through excellent atomization, resulting in high transfer efficiency and a large, usable spray pattern with low overspray. It is designed to help improve productivity, reduce solvent consumption and minimize clean-up time.

The new 3M Accuspray HG14 spray gun can help:

New Application Innovation from 3M Automotive Aftermarket Offers New Technology for Texturing Panels

New Application Innovation from 3M Automotive Aftermarket Offers
New Technology for Texturing Panels

3M Body Protection System Features 3M™ Accuspray™ HGP Spray Gun and
3M™ Rocker Protector Pouch for Fast, Efficient Delivery
Of Low Viscosity Coatings to Vehicle Rocker Panels, Undercarriage

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – For automotive professionals matching textures on rocker panels, spraying these finishes has always been a challenge. And the current technology for applying these textured coatings and undercoatings means painters struggle with coating thickness, overspray, product waste and cleanup.

The new 3M Body Protection System is reinventing how repair technicians spray textured finishes found on today’s vehicles for rock protection and sound deadening. The innovative 3M Body Protection System helps painters spray low viscosity textured finishes with fine, medium, coarse and splattered patterns.

New 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Rubbing Compound Expands Growing Family of High-Performance Automotive Aftermarket Paint Finishing Solutions

New 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Rubbing Compound Expands Growing Family of
High-Performance Automotive Aftermarket Paint Finishing Solutions

- Product complements other new innovative 3M paint finishing products -

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Any paint finishing expert will tell you that a great result depends on having the right tools and the right products to efficiently and quickly remove the defect, refine the scratch, compound and polish the finished repair. They’ll also offer that when it comes to the compounding stage, product sling, too-quick drying, residue and cleanup are challenges that result in increased finishing time, particularly in high-heat, high-humidity environments.

For 3M, this challenge in paint finishing led to an exceptional innovation – the new 3M™ Perfect- It™ EX Rubbing Compound, which cuts, handles and cleans up better than any rubbing compound currently available. It reduces paint finishing time and decreases clean-up time considerably.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Speeds Disassembly with 3M™ Green Corps™ File Belt

3M Automotive Aftermarket Speeds Disassembly with 3M™ Green Corps™ File Belt

- New Process Brings Lower Cost, More Comfort for Collision Repair Body Technicians -

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Removing spot welds from today’s high-strength steel automotive panels has just gotten easier and less expensive for body technicians, thanks to the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division’s new 3M™ Green Corps™ File Belt and the 3M™ File Belt Tool.

The traditional method of using specialized drill bits to separate panels during disassembly is time-consuming, expensive and challenging for the technician. Spot weld removal is only getting tougher as automakers use more high-strength steel in their new cars. The 3M Green Corps File Belt is an ideal alternative to drilling, with a long-lasting abrasive surface designed for spot weld removal as well as grinding in other tight areas.

3M AAD Takes It Outside with Hands-On Demonstration Booth, Celebrity Appearances in Outside Front Lot

Visit 3M Automotive Aftermarket’s new outdoor, hands-on demonstration booth to see the new product solutions and innovations 3M is developing to meet tomorrow’s auto body repair and restoration needs. The booth is located in the SEMA Front Display Lot,outside in front of central hall.

What's New:
• Innovative new finishing system that eliminates compounding and need for heavy polishers
• New solutions for spraying texturized coatings on rocker panels and undercarriage
• New spray guns for efficiently delivering coatings requiring a 1.4 mm atomizing head
• New sanding systems that cut faster and last longer
• New technology and techniques for working with high-strength steel
• Expanded polishing systems that provide right pad for any job, quickly and efficiently
• Improved technology that brings bright daylight to pre- and post-repair paint surfaces
• Advanced finishing film that levels surface defects, requires less buffing and reduces pigtails

Formula Drift 2013 Champion, Michael Essa, and his BMW “Ultimate Drift Machine” in BILSTEIN Booth #23361 at SEMA Show: Two autograph sessions scheduled on Wed., Nov. 6 at 3pm & Thurs., Nov. 7 at 11am

When Michael Essa was crowned 2013 Formula Drift Champion in front of a sold out crowd at Irwindale Raceway on October 12, he made history as the first privateer and first European car to win a Formula Drift championship. BILSTEIN is proud to be the shock absorber of choice for Essa’s team as well as one of his product sponsors. On hand during the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Essa will be available to sign autographs and answer questions about his amazing season. His GSR Autosport BMW E46 M3 will also be on display in the BILSTEIN booth #23361 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Michael Essa and the GSR Autosport team are a perfect fit for BILSTEIN,” said Scott MacDonald, BILSTEIN director, marketing and product management. “We both have the desire to win and an extensive background in motorsports. We look forward to working with GSR and Michael in the future.”

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