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Compounds, Polishes and Glazes

Finishing touches for the perfect paint finish

The Science Behind the Magic of Paint Finishing

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  • Your average customer may not know about the particulars of rubbing compounds, polishes, pads or abrasives in your shop. But when the finished vehicle rolls out, they’ll know that you’ve worked some kind of magic. 3M has put decades of knowledge into our range of paint finishing products, including our proven Trizact™ and Perfect-It™ brands, to eliminate defects, remove swirls and help you achieve those shining moments for each vehicle and every vehicle owner you work with – and to do it faster, more easily and more efficiently than you ever thought possible.


3M Compounds, Polishes and Glazes Product Categories

  • 3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives

    These abrasive discs and foam sheets are the premiere choice for fine-grade finishing in collision repair. Trizact microreplicated mineral structures provide precise finish control, and continually expose fresh abrasive as it wears for long life.

  • Compounds

    Our selection of buffing compounds is formulated for removing stains, oxidation and sand scratches, creating an ideal surface for polishing with minimal sling. It features our smooth-handling Perfect-It™ EX AC Rubbing Compound for all coatings.

  • Polishes

    3M polishes and finishing glazes can really bring out the shine on painted surfaces. Our 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Machine Polish and Ultrafine Machine Polish remove compound swirl marks even on black vehicles to produce truly outstanding finishes.

  • Buffing Pads

    Compounding, glazing, buffing, polishing…each of our pads is engineered to perform with our liquid compounds and polishes. Choose from foam, wool blend, low lint, ultrafine and more in a range of sizes. Many of our buffing pads feature Quick Connect attachment.

  • Detailing Products

    For any automotive surface you need to look great – chrome, metal, rubber, SRC, paint and more – 3M has a solution. Each of our detailing products is scientifically formulated for removing contaminants and bringing out the luster where it matters most.

  • Tools & Accessories

    3M compounding, polishing and glazing solutions become even easier with this selection of backup pads, detailing cloths and more – plus the fully-mobile Total Automotive Sanding System for paint finishing, featuring premium sanders, polishers and organizers.


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3M™ Perfect-It™ EX Paint Finishing System Video

  • Perfect It EX Paint Finishing System Video

    For excellent paint finishes every time. This system features 3M™ Trizact™ and Perfect-It™ products at every stage from paint defect removal through scratch refinement, and from compounding through swirl elimination – down to removing sand scratches of 5000+.


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Product Spotlight

  • 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX AC Rubbing Compound

    3M presents our most advanced compound for quickly removing P1200 or finer sand scratches and small surface defects. Formulated for all coatings, this fast-cutting, high-performance rubbing compound saves time during compounding and can make the polishing and ultrafine polishing steps easier — especially hard clears and other difficult-to-buff coatings used in modern automotive paint systems. 3M™ Perfect-It™ EX AC Rubbing Compound adds extra power and value to the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Paint Finishing System.

  • 3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives

    Our 3M™ Trizact™ abrasives feature microreplicated grains distributed uniformly across the disc or sheet. These grains continuously expose fresh abrasive as they wear for longer life and, in many cases, fewer stages of defect removal and scratch refinement.


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Need More Information?

If you have additional questions about the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Paint Finishing System, 3M™ Trizact™ Abrasives, the Total Automotive Sanding System or anything related to paint finishing and collision repair, we’re happy to help. To contact us, or to view more information about 3M Collision Repair products and solutions, click to the right. We look forward to working with you!

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