Perfect-It Ex Finishing System
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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.

  • Perfect-It EX System

    Use the 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX system for optimal performance every time. Unique formulas quickly remove scratches and other surface defects. Additional wet time with these products allow technicians to use less material and easy clean up helps reduce process time.

    3M™ Perfect-It™ Quick Connect Pads are designed to provide you optimal performance when used with the Perfect-It™ EX system. Eliminate swirl marks on painted surfaces, even on difficult dark coloured cars. The 3M™ Quick Connect Adaptor makes it easy to quickly switch between compound and polishing pads.


Defect Removal and Scratch Refinement

  • Defect Removal

    • Remove dirt nibs and level excess surface texture over large or small areas
    • Use dry to highlight surface defects
    • Sand out highlighted defects and match surface texture
  • Scratch Refinement

    • Refine the scratches left after defect removal to reduce compounding time
    • Use to reduce compounding time
    • Dampen disc and entire area to be sanded with a spray bottle of water
  • Additional Scratch Refinement

    • Reduce buffing time with further scratch refinement
    • Use to further reduce compounding time
    • Dampen disc and entire area to be sanded with a spray bottle
  • Accessories

3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives

3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives

3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives used in paint defect removal and refinement help reduce compounding and buffing time. They consist of precisely-shaped three-dimensional pyramids distributed uniformly over the surface of the disc. As these pyramids wear, fresh, sharp mineral is constantly exposed to the workpiece, resulting in faster, more consistent performance throughout the life of the discs.

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foam compounding pad

Using a foam compounding pad instead of a wool compounding pad will decrease your process time and reduce the amount of swirl comebacks – as wool is more aggressive than foam and can leave deeper swirl marks.

Using a 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam 3000 and 5000 grade discs will reduce your buffing time and eliminate the need for a wool pad, making the job easier and faster!

3 Step Perfect-It™ EX Finishing Process

rubbing compound product

Step 1: Compounding

Remove sand scratches completely in the shortest amount of time:

  • For fastest cut and less heat, use 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Rubbing Compound and a 3M™ Perfect-It™ 100% Wool Compounding pad
  • To redice lint and achieve a better finish, use 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Rubbing Compound and a 3M™ Perfect-It™ Low Lint Compounding pad
  • Eliminate lint and achieve the finest finish by using using 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Rubbing Compound and a 3M™ Perfect-It™ Foam Compounding Pad

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    Tech Tip

    If during the scratch refinement process you used the 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam 5000 grade disc, you can skip wool and go directly to the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Quick Connect White Foam Compounding Pad.


3M™ Perfect-It™ Foam Polish

Step 2: Polishing

Remove compound swirl marks:

  • Quickly and effectively remove compound swirl marks and produce an outstanding finish by using 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Machine Polish and a 3M™ Perfect-It™ Foam Polishing Pad

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    Tech Tip

    Our most advanced machine polish formulation allows for less material use per application.


swirl elimination products

Step 3: Swirl Elimination

Permanently eliminate fine swirl marks:

  • Eliminate fine swirl marks and produce a high gloss finish, even on the most difficult dark coloured vehicles by using 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Ultrafine Machine Polish and a 3M Perfect-It™ Foam Ultrafine Polishing Pad

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    Tech Tip

    When using 3M™ Perfect-It™ Ultrafine Machine Polish, do not buff dry. Make sure to wipe off excess material with a 3M™ Perfect-It™ Auto Detailing Cloth.


  • 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 Finishing Material

    For Finishing Small Areas

    3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 Finishing Material cuts fast and removes 5000 grade and finer scratches.

    • Eliminate the use of traditional rubbing compounds
    • Leaves a high gloss finish with minimum swirl marks

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3M's Path to a Perfect Finish

With 3M's best finishing systems, 3M™ Trizact™ Perfect-It™ EX System, you can achieve a perfect finish. From defect removal to scratch refinement to compounding, 3M's paint finishing products offer to the perfect finish each step of the process.

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