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3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System

Say goodbye to compounding.

Compounding is messy, hard, and can create dieback or swirls that require rework. Get flawless results with optimal business efficiency. The 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System features a 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ 8000 Foam Abrasive Disc to help you get a deeper, glossier finish with fewer steps, less mess and no compound swirls.*

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    No more compound
    Make jobs easier and cleaner with no compound sling, wool fibres or lint.*
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    Quick with deep, glossy finishes
    Achieve a beautiful gloss without the need for a heavy buffer.
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    Less buffing work
    Cut down on time wrestling with that heavy buffer.

* As compared to compound systems.


Products included in the 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System


The 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System offers a complete system

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    Defect removal

    Use a dry 3M™ Hookit™ Purple Finishing Film Abrasive Disc P1500 or P2000.


    Sand to remove dirt nibs and other paint defects and level excess surface texture, matching the texture of surrounding panels.

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    Scratch refinement

    Refine the scratches using 3000 grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc.


    Dampen disc and area to be sanding with a spray bottle and make 4-6 passes using a north-south, east-west pattern.

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    Microscratch refinement

    Remove previous scratches using an 8000 grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc — used in place of compounding!


    Dampen disc and area to be sanding with a spray bottle and make 4-6 passes using a north-south, east-west pattern.

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    Final polish

    Create a deep, glossy finish by using 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Finishing Material with a 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Foam Finishing Pad.


    Wipe with a clean microfibre towel.


Standard operating procedures

How to achieve deeper, glossier finishes without rubbing compound.

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    WATCH: Large area repair

    See detailed step-by-step instructions for using the 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System to refinish full panels of a vehicle without rubbing compound.

  • A worker repairing a small area of a car with a small power tool and the 3M™ Perfect-it™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System.

    WATCH: Spot repair

    See tips and tricks for achieving optimal results on smaller area repairs using the 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Paint Finishing process, including the best pad sizes, techniques and dampness levels.


Frequently asked questions


Related applications

  • Finishing with 3M™ Perfect-it™ EX Finishing System

    The 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX System provides technicians with optimal performance every time. The easy clean up and high performance will reduce process time and provide the perfect finish. The additional wet time with these products allow technicians to use less material.

  • Paint finishing and detailing

    Achieve a perfect paint finish with 3M’s best finishing systems: 3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives and 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX System. From defect removal to scratch refinement to compounding, 3M’s paint finishing products offer a path to the perfect finish each step of the process.

Experience the difference and see how it works. Request a sample kit.

Submit the webform below to receive a trial demo package. The package includes: 3M™ Hookit™ Purple Finishing Film, 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc 3000, 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc 8000, 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material, 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Foam Finishing Pad. Tools are not provided in the package.

Disclaimer: For professional collision repair shops in Canada only. This program is not available to consumers or the general public. We reserve the right to disqualify without notification any request that does not appear to be for professional collision repair businesses.

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