The 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing tool is used to polish a surface.

3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System

Refinishing. Redefined.

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Introducing the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System — a professional-grade set of tools, pads and polishes – typically used in detailing shops, re-engineered for the collision repair industry. It’s an unconventional but welcomed change in process that allows you to get that show car shine, as if the car had never been touched. It’s paint finishing redefined.

We’ve turned one of the most feared steps in automotive repair into one that any technician can master on their first go. Experience a system designed to work together – an easy-to-use polishing tool with specially-formulated liquids and pads. Your technicians should have no more fear of swirls, burn through, or other pitfalls common with traditional rotary buffing systems. Don’t let paint finishing control you. It’s time to take back control of the finish.


Take the pressure out of paint finishing.

  • A technician applies 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound to a pad.
    Consistent Swirl-Free Finish
  • A technician uses the 15mm Random Orbital Polisher to detail a vehicle.
    Avoid Burn Through and Rework
  • A technician uses the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher during a repair on a vehicle.
    Designed For All Skill Levels


Swirl-free finish
Combined circular and oscillating motion eliminates swirl marks and other defects
Comfortable to use
User-friendly, comfortable handle design
Specially-formulated liquids
Fast-cutting compound and high-quality polish engineered to perform with polisher
Color-coded caps and pads
Bottle cap color matches pad color for easy identification
Operate with ease
Well-balanced and easy to operate with one hand
Easily change out pads

Single-sided 3M™ Hookit™ pad attachment for easy change-outs

Tell do-overs it’s over.

  • WATCH: 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System
    WATCH: 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System
  • WATCH: Standard Operating Procedure
    WATCH: Standard Operating Procedure

Frequently Asked Questions

  • With Random Orbital you can achieve a consistent swirl-free finish and you don’t have to worry about burning through the paint. Get a high-quality finish with a system that’s easy-to-learn and designed for all skill levels. It’s also easier to learn, so you no longer have to spend the same time on training new technicians.

  • All vehicles or anywhere you are desiring paint correction or paint refinishing; ex. Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Tractors, Boats, Golf Carts, etc. It’s great for inspection repairs/correction as well as professional detailing.

  • It’s recommended to always use Trizact™ for the quickest and most consistent paint finishing, even on fully cured paint. It also depends on your level of defects and what you’re trying to accomplish. If you have severe defects/corrections needed, then we would recommend our full standard operating procedure. If you are trying to remove very minor scratches, swirl marks, or simply trying to add some shine to your paint, then using just our Random Orbital Polishing tool with our liquids should help you get the job done.

  • We recommend always using the 15 or 21mm tool with the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound and following as needed with the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polish.

  • The 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System is a great alternative for spot repair, typically using a 3M™ Purple Finishing Film 1500 or 2000 grit small diameter abrasive followed by Trizact™ 3000. Then finishing with the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound provides the quickest, consistent paint finish.

  • Yes, the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System is suitable for freshly painted cars since it will not put any swirl marks into the clear coat. And, it works great for cured paint.

  • Absolutely. If you desire to start with a rotary tool for improved cut, we recommend you use our 3M™ Perfect-It™ EXAC Rubbing Compound which provides excellent cut and was designed for rotary buffing. Finish with the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polish for quick and easy swirl elimination.

  • We do not recommend using any other liquids. We designed our new 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound, Polish and Pads specifically to be used with our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher. All of our technical validation using other liquids provided lower performance levels.

  • We would not recommend using 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound and Polish with a rotary buffer as these liquids were designed specifically to be used with our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher. For rotary buffing, we recommend using our traditional 3M™ Perfect-It™ Paint Finishing System.

  • The 15mm Random Orbital Polisher is preferred for smaller areas and around body lines while the 21mm Random Orbital Polisher is preferred for larger areas or for whole vehicle detailing.

  • We recommend using 5-inch (130mm) pads with the 15mm 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and 6-inch (150mm) pads with the 21mm 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher. Pads are available in coarse wool, medium wool and foam for compounding and foam only for polishing.

  • We would recommend running the tool at speed setting 4-6 for compounding, and 2-4 for polishing for optimal performance and comfort.


3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing System

  • Use less paint finishing liquids with the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and its engineered liquids, polishes, and pads. Our Random Orbital Polishing Tool produces less sling than a rotary tool and no swirl marks without the worry of burn through. It's easy-to-learn and easy-to-use, helping you deliver a consistent high-quality finish every time.

  • Achieve the best possible finish on a variety of paints and clear coats. Our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Pads are engineered to be used with our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and matched liquids for paint finishing and detailing professionals of all skill levels who want a perfect finish without haze and swirl.

  • Achieve the best possible finish on a variety of paints and clear coats. Our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Pads are engineered to be used with our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and matched liquids for paint finishing and detailing professionals of all skill levels who want a perfect finish without haze and swirl.

  • Two 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Paint Finishing System pads.
    3M™ Random Orbital Accessories

    3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polishing Accessories are part of the easy-to-use 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Paint Finishing System, which includes matched pads, liquids, and tools that deliver high quality finishes for technicians of every skill level.

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  • 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Compound is the newest compound in the Perfect-It™ family. Our professional grade fast cutting compound formula is designed to be used with our 3M™ Random Orbital Polisher for removal of 3000 grade and finer sanding marks and can be used on fresh and cured paints and clear coats.

  • Achieve the best possible finish on a variety of paints and clear coats with 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polish. Its advanced abrasives and gloss enhancers create a consistent high-quality finish. Use with our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Random Orbital Polisher and matching pad for paint finishing and detailing professionals of all skill levels who want a perfect finish without haze and swirl.


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