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Aluminum Hygiene: A Sensible Approach to Managing Aluminum Complications

Aluminum Hygiene:
A Sensible Approach to Managing Aluminum Complications

By Shawn Collins, Senior Technical Service Engineer, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division

Aluminum repairs in general are currently a hot topic and the subject of cross contamination between steel and aluminum is one of the first issues raised, and for good reason. The approach to controlling cross contamination is multi-faceted and requires a systemic plan.
First and foremost, it will be essential to separate the aluminum operations from the steel operations as much as possible. I say as much as possible because no matter how much effort you put into substrate separation, you will never be able to completely segregate these two processes. Many vehicles that have aluminum components also have steel components and vise versa, so complete separation is often impossible.

Color Match 101 Removing Variables for the Best Paint Job

Color Match 101
Removing Variables for the Best Paint Job

Shawn Ryan, 3M AAD Senior Technical Service Engineer, and David Huebl, 3M AAD Senior Technical Engineer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – It may seem a bit odd for 3M to have a voice in an area that tends to receive ample input from all of the major paint companies. However, if we take a step back, it’s easy to see that 3M touches the repair at every step prior to and after the painting process. This unique perspective has allowed 3M to objectively observe the day-to-day challenges that are facing today’s paint departments.

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Continues to Revolutionize Heavy Duty Metalworking Process with an Expanded Lineup of Cutting and Grinding Products featuring 3M™ Cubitron II™ Technology

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Continues to Revolutionize Heavy Duty Metalworking Process
with an Expanded Lineup of Cutting and Grinding Products featuring 3M™ Cubitron II™ Technology

3M Innovative Outdoor Booth Features Live Demos of Cubitron II Family of Products in a Variety Cutting, Grinding, and Paint Removal Applications with Automotive Industries Top Stars

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – In the collision repair industry, heavy duty metalworking can take its toll on tools, abrasive products and especially the collision repair professionals who use them. Key steps of the disassembly process such as weld removal, grinding, panel cutting/sectioning and paint removal quickly wear down traditional abrasive discs and file belts, causing technicians to have to repeatedly stop their work and replace them. The limited cut rate and life of some abrasives mean technicians have to exert more effort and use more product to achieve the desired results.

3M™ Flexible Abrasives Discs and Sheets Offer Flexibility and Versatility All In One

3M™ Flexible Abrasives Discs and Sheets Offer Flexibility and Versatility All In One

The Most Versatile Abrasive Product in the Industry

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – It’s hard to find one product that does it all and in any condition. 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has come up with that all-around solution -- an abrasive product that can be used in practically any condition,

3M™ Flexible Abrasive Discs and Sheets provide the versatility to be used by machine or hand, wet or dry. They deliver the cut and performance of a traditional abrasive with added conformability and a softer feel to minimize burn-through. 3M™ Flexible Abrasive Hookit™ Sheets and Discs deliver added flexibility for hard-to-reach areas that will get the job done faster and better. Our coating technology allows for the disc to have a longer life and to be easily wiped clean, which helps prevent deep curly Qs that are difficult to buff out later in the process.

Son of a Gun: 3M Introduces ONE Easy Spray Gun System for Any Paint Application

Son of a Gun:
3M Introduces ONE Easy Spray Gun System for Any Paint Application

New 3M Spray Gun System Combines the Simplicity of the
3M™ Accuspray™ ONE Spray Gun with the Rapid-Clean-Up and Efficiency of 3M PPS™
in One Convenient Kit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – When it comes to solutions for the small shop, the customer who buys paint over-the-counter, automotive students and anyone who wants more out of their spray gun system for less, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has the perfect kit for any application.

The new 3M™ Accuspray™ Spray Gun System with PPS™ combines the simplicity and easy

maintenance of 3M™ Accuspray spray guns and with the solvent-reducing, material-saving, rapid-clean-up convenience of 3M™ PPS™ Paint Preparation System that pros love. It lets customers use one gun for all stages of their project, from start to finish including mixing/measuring, filtering and spraying (in any direction!) of primer, sealer, base and clear coat.

Race Ramps Adds New Trailer Step Size to Product Line-Up

ESCANABA, MI - Oct. 28, 2015 - Race Ramps, manufactured by Brute Technologies, introduces their new 24” x 24” Trailer Step (RR-TR-SP-24-8). The new Trailer Step adds to their existing product line-up of Trailer Steps that are available in three different dimensions. The 24-inch-squared free standing Trailer Step is 8 inches high and provides a sturdy step for varying applications and scenarios. A feature in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase, the Trailer Step will also make its debut at Race Ramps’ Central Hall Booth #21227.

“We’ve been paying special attention to the trailer industry and market and through our own outdoor and camping experiences, we came up with a newly designed Trailer Step that would provide increased stability when stepping down from any trailer,” said Rich Heinz, President of Brute Technologies.

Achieve an Impeccable Finish With 3M’s Best Finishing Systems

Achieve an Impeccable Finish With 3M’s Best Finishing Systems

A More Perfect Polish Completes the 3M™ Perfect-it™ EX Family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – When it comes to paint refinishing, completing a job quickly, accurately and with the least amount of cleanup is essential. For paint professionals, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division offers the 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Finishing System, a family of products that provides technicians with optimal performance every time.

The latest addition is the new 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Machine Polish. This high-tech machine polish formula combines the latest innovations of minerals and chemicals.  The new Polish quickly and effectively buffs out compound swirls while reducing the frequency of having to reapply product after it dries on the surface. 

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Continues to Revolutionize the Collision Repair Industry with New 3M™ Paint Defect Removal System

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Continues to Revolutionize the
Collision Repair Industry with New 3M™ Paint Defect Removal System

New System is Easy to Use, Enables Cleaner Repairs, Reduces Clutter, and Minimizes Down Time

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – In spite of a paint professional’s best efforts to a achieve a perfect paint job through thorough preparation and proper application, a freshly painted car can still come out of the paint booth with minor defects. To help address this challenge, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has a new, easy to use solution that can repair the problem without having to reach for the spray gun for re-painting.

Introducing the 3M™ Paint Defect Removal System

Race Ramps Introduces 14 Inch Race Rock in New Color

ESCANABA, MI - Oct. 28, 2015 - Race Ramps, manufactured by Brute Technologies, introduces their 14 Inch Race Rock (RR-ROCK-14-RB) in the River Bed color, adding to the currently offered Sandstone color. River Bed is a natural grey color that complements the highly realistic look of the rock and is a popular choice in their 16 Inch Race Rocks. The new 14 Inch Race Rock in River Bed color is featured in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase and will make its debut at Race Ramps’ Central Hall Booth #21227.

The 14 Inch Race Rock measures 29” L x 29” W x 14” H and supports up to 2,500 lbs. As with all Race Ramps products, the 14 Inch Race Rocks are 100% solid-core construction, yet remain lightweight at 25 lbs., allowing for easy maneuvering, transporting and storing.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Makes It Easier to Get the Perfect Color Match Every Time, on Every Paint Job

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Makes It Easier to
Get the Perfect Color Match Every Time, on Every Paint Job

Innovative 3M™ PPS™ Color Match Film Is Applied Directly to Substrate,
Allows Hands-Free Viewing at Any Angle and a More Accurate Representation of Color

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 3, 2015) – One of the most difficult challenges in collision repair shops today is achieving the perfect color match, particularly on curved panels. Until now, paint professionals had to hold a sprayout card in one hand to preview colors, making it very difficult to get an accurate representation of color from different angles, especially side-tone.

Now, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division have revolutionized color matching with a simple, but innovative, solution -- new 3M™ PPS™ Color Match Film that is applied directly to the vehicle and allows the painter to evaluate the colors from any angle and distance.

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