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Bring paint designs to life – we’ll study your process and recommend comprehensive and efficient solutions including products, application methods and overmasking protection.
Details are critical when you need to repair during manufacturing – our masking solutions can help, including critical windshield flange masking.
Create sharp paint lines and designed edges efficiently with integrated solutions that include fine line tapes, die cuts, crepe masking tapes and films.
More and more customers demand customized vehicles, including two-tone car paint. Undermask and you spend time removing paint, overmask and you have to go back and repaint spots. To keep costs down you need to get it right quickly and efficiently. You also need to understand your process and decide whether to paint the entire body first or just one half. 3M can help by collaborating with you to find solutions that save time and money.
3M offers comprehensive custom masking solutions including high temperature crepe masking tape, fine line tape, masking films, and applicators that work with existing production equipment and processes.
Manufacturers are facing unprecedented circumstances, including a combination of skilled labor shortages while also needing to increase throughput on the line and reduce rework. When we developed 3M™ Adjustable Paint Masking Applicators we focused on four key areas to make a tool that's easy to use precisely and at production speed:
With experts around the world, our Global Masking Application Specialists can come to your site to make recommendations and ensure your creative paint designs work all the way down the line. Our collaborative solutions are designed specifically for OEM applications and processes to help save time and reduce expenses while bringing your creative vision to life.
Masking films and tapes for automotive in-line and end-of-line spot repair have to meet demanding requirements to produce quality work. These products should feature high conformability, high baking temperature resistance, and be able to remove cleanly without damaging any fresh paint that is applied. 3M offers comprehensive masking solutions that supports all areas of the AOEM painting process.
Whether you’re masking plastic parts or making paint repairs on the line, the right mix of products and processes helps your workforce expertly and efficiently create sharp paint lines and designed edges. 3M masking products are engineered to stick firmly to many different substrates, survive the heat of the bake cycle and then remove cleanly to help keep your production efficient.
Provides strong holding power and exceptional high-temperature resistance. Heavy crepe paper backing resists bleed-through.
A smooth, heavy duty, mini-crepe paper masking tape that features aggressive holding; excellent for multi-bake paint cycles.
For critical paint masking applications requiring a strong hold. Conformable for easy masking around corners, over contours, and irregular surfaces.
Fine Line Tapes
The polypropylene backing is stiffer than vinyl fine line tapes, while conforming easily around corners. Good moisture and solvent resistance. Used as a layout tape for high value, multi-color and custom painted graphics.
Smooth, vinyl backing provides conformability for sweeping curves and straight lines. Removes cleanly. Available in: opaque blue (4737S), translucent blue (4737T) and with a liner (4737TL, 4737SL).
A highly conformable tape used to achieve sharp contrast and color separation while painting on highly contoured, curved and shaped surfaces. Holds in depressions, and around corners and edges. Also available with a liner (4735L).
Designed for soft flexing. Provides good drape and conformability. Eliminates fiber that can occur with masking papers. Protects where bleed-through of solvents and paints may occur.
A high performance, high temperature wide area masking film that is designed to not scratch or damage surfaces and is flexible for good drape and conformability.
Eliminates bleed-through — Seals against solvents, enamels, lacquers and paint.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.