Paint Prep

Paint preparation

Paint preparation is an essential step to the perfect paint job and reducing the need for touch-ups afterwards. 3M has you covered with flexible abrasives, cleaners, and masking tapes to help ensure the vehicles you're working on are optimally prepped, from sanding and putty application to masking.

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Surface preparation
  • 3M Flexible Abrasive Hookit Hand Sheets

    Enjoy the versatility of 3M™ Hookit™ Flexible Abrasive Hand Sheets for everything from primer sanding to paint finishing. Designed to be used wet or dry, they can easily access tight contours and hard-to-reach areas thanks to their flexible build. And 3M™ Hookit™ Sheet Backing makes them compatible with any 3M™ Hookit™ Brand accessory!

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Standard operating procedures

  • Basecoat Denib
    Basecoat denib


  • Blended Panel Prep
    Blended panel prep


  • New Bumper Prep
    New bumper prep


  • New Panel Prep
    New panel prep


  • Refinish Bumper Prep
    Refinish bumper prep



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One of the key indicators of a high-quality paint job is the absence of hard paint lines in jambs. And eliminating hard paint lines can often require re-shooting, sanding, buffing or other time consuming rework -- all of which drain shop productivity and increase cycle times.

  • Be more flexible. 3M™ Precision Poly Tape is made with an advanced polymeric material, giving it unique adhesive properties. It applies more smoothly, conforms more precisely and releases more cleanly.

  • Excel at any job with the help of 3M paper-backed tapes. Designed to resist breaking, remove clean and easily conform to contours and curves, 3M masking tapes will deliver sharp paint lines every time.

  • 3M™ Soft Edge Foam Masking Tape Plus has a tubular design that allows you to quickly and easily mask door jambs and other apertures, such as hood and deck lid openings, in one simple step.

Standard operating procedures

  • General Masking
    General masking


  • Jamb Masking
    Jamb masking


  • Primer Masking
    Primer masking


  • Since 1925

    The tale of our tape

    At the dawn of the 20th century auto painters were struggling to create clean lines between two-tone paint jobs. 3M engineer Richard Drew responded with the world's first masking tape: a tan crepe paper backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive. For more than a century the technology in our masking tapes has continued to evolve based on your needs. Today we're proud to help you explore new and better ideas.

Total Automotive Sanding System for Paint Preparation

Total Automotive Sanding System for paint preparation

Less dust. Less wasted time.

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