1. 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric
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3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric

Protect surfaces with an adhesive-backed material engineered to resist most liquids as well as dirt and UV.

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Another layer of confidence in industrial surface protection

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Create a cleaner, more efficient work environment indoors or out. 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric forms a reliable barrier for a liquid-proof construction keeps grease, grime, oil, and other harsh fluids from damaging your work and work surfaces. It also resists light abrasion and impact, and conforms around most shapes and sizes to protect valuable materials even in fast-paced work environments.

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Common applications

  • A commercial airplane being worked on in a hanger.

    Aerospace

    • Can be used outdoors for up to two weeks
    • Protects exposed aluminum surfaces against acid rain staining
    • Great for machine shops, chemical store rooms and protection against small engine oil leaks in MRO check environments
  • Parts of a car in an automotive manufacturing facility.

    Automotive manufacturing

    • Integrates into nearly any OEM process
    • Protects flat surfaces as well as non-uniform equipment like hydraulic hoses and part stands
    • Nonwoven surface can stand up to direct paint spray without bleed-through
  • A worker peeling a sheet of 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric from the concrete floor under a truck.

    Automotive repair and maintenance

    • Trusted solution for the critical areas of the shop
    • Resists paint, oils, solvents and other fluids; ideal for mixing rooms, prep bays and mechanical shops
    • Used for wide-width paint masking on heavy duty trucks
  • A video still showing a worker standing on 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric beside a piece of machinery.

    General industrial

    • Protects floors, machinery, spray booths
    • Used on parts such as rollers – it applies and removes quickly and can drastically reduce downtime for cleaning
  • A video still of a worker peeling 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric from a boat.

    Marine/specialty vehicle

    • Replaces time-consuming paper-and-tape masking
    • Protects wood decking, railings and reinforced plastics, even in fast-paced work environments
    • Resists UV rays, so it keeps protecting outdoors for up to two weeks
  • A worker standing on a sheet of 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric in a workshop.

    Metalworking

    • Protect against impact and light abrasion
    • Excellent for metal fabrication and other shops where nuts, bolts and sharp-edged metal shavings can drop or fly
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Several different sized rolls of 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric.

Excellent for a wide range of industries and applications.

The nonwoven surface of the 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric traps dirt and provides light impact resistance, and a tough layer underneath resists even challenging industrial fluids. A light adhesive backing keeps it in place and removes cleanly. Lightweight material is available in 90 m (300’) rolls in widths from 10 cm to 142 cm (4” to 56”).

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A video still of a worker using a roller to apply 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric to a floor.

How to apply

See how simple it is to apply smooth, wrinkle-free layers when and where you need them, by hand or using our applicators.

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    Help trap dust, dirt and overspray in auto painting. Featuring a non-woven surface, this material repeatedly withstands bake cycles of up to 82°C (180°F). A low-tack adhesive removes without residue, saving time on cleaning and booth maintenance.

  • 3M™ Dirt Trap Clear Film Protection Material

    Save the time and money of removing contaminants with scrapers and cleaners, with this durable, clear film. A transparent low-tack adhesive keeps the film in place, and allows it to peel off cleanly without leaving residue.

  • 3M™ Welding and Spark Deflection Paper

    Protect vertical surfaces during welding or grinding. Tough, reusable paper resists sparks and splatter without burn-through when positioned vertically on nearly any surface. It applies quickly and removes cleanly.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Its top surface is a nonwoven material engineered by 3M specifically to trap dirt instead of just collecting it. This material features a network of fibres that traps even tiny particles of dirt and other contaminants. Beneath this surface is a polymer barrier layer that prevents water, oils, grease, grime and most industrial solvents from seeping through it to the surface beneath. A light, low-tack adhesive backing holds the material in place even on complex surfaces.
  • 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is designed to be impermeable to many liquids, including oils and common waterborne or solvent-borne products (paints, cleaners, etc.). Test any other fluids in an inconspicuous area first.
  • 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is designed for use in a broad range of industrial settings, and in facilities where difficult-to-clean liquid and solid contaminants can be easily transferred to other areas. For applications such as automotive paint booth protection, we recommend 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material. We also provide 3M™ Dirt Trap Clear Film Protection Material, designed for use on glass windows and other clear openings, for protection from dirt without compromising natural light.
  • Sweeping can often simply transfer dirt particles across floors. These particles can work their way throughout your facility, getting into machinery and onto sensitive work surfaces. They can also contaminate the work itself, which means higher rejection rates and rework time. 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric features a nonwoven surface that actually traps dirt particles and prevents them from spreading.

    At the same time, it traps and holds liquids that otherwise could be spread or tracked into other areas by brooms, commercial floor cleaning equipment and common foot traffic. This also helps reduce time spent scrubbing shop floors and other surfaces.
  • With nonwoven surface material, 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric has been shown to provide extra traction when applied to smooth surfaces. The material also can help reduce pooling by trapping liquids just below the surface, without allowing them to soak through to the floor. Also, its low-tack adhesive backing makes it much less likely to slide on bare floors vs. masking paper or plastic sheeting.
  • Yes. This material is UV-resistant, meaning it won’t degrade in the sun for up to two weeks after application with clean removal. This makes 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric great for protecting marine surfaces like gelcoated FRP, and for valuable materials such as countertops, or decking that are stored outdoors before installation. The product should always be tested in an inconspicuous area first.
  • Yes. The conformability of 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric, combined with its low-tack adhesive, makes it highly versatile in industrial environments. It can be easily molded around complex surfaces, making it suitable as a wide-width masking material. In fact, this material can replace the time-consuming traditional paper-and-tape or plastic-and-tape masking process. Applications can include applying to marine gelcoat without disassembling glass and hardware, or spraying heavy truck rims without removing them from tires. Another great use is applying it around machine rollers – instead of cleaning the rollers between shifts, you can simply peel off the old material and apply new. This greatly reduces cleaning time and, just as importantly, production downtime.
  • This will depend on the application, as every application is unique. Typical application times range from 1-4 weeks, with clean removal. That said, the amount of foot traffic and changing environmental conditions can affect longevity. The product should always be tested in an inconspicuous area first. Note: Do not use 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric over fresh coatings or plasticized vinyls, like vinyl boat seats.
  • For best results, the substrate needs to be clean and dry. Waterborne cleaners will remove natural contaminants from the surface, and solvent cleaners can remove oils. Once the surface is clean and dry, lay down the protection fabric. Try not to trap any air underneath it. Then use a spreader or a push broom to press down the adhesive.

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A worker peeling a sheet of 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric from a concrete floor.

Lay down a liquid-proof layer of confidence.


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