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Introducing 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric

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Another Layer of Confidence in Industrial Surface Protection

  • 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is an adhesive-backed surface protection material engineered to resist most liquids as well as dirt and UV. Indoors or out, it forms a reliable barrier for a cleaner, more efficient work environment. Its liquid-proof construction keeps grease, grime, oil, and other harsh fluids from damaging your work and work surfaces. Instead of just collecting dirt particles, it traps them, preventing them from spreading. When you’re ready to replace it, just peel it up – its adhesive backing keeps it firmly in place yet won’t leave sticky residue. It also resists light abrasion and impact, and conforms around most shapes and sizes to protect valuable materials even in fast-paced work environments. The applications are almost endless. Discover how 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric can help you.


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Common Applications

    • Interior bay door and paint booth entry floors
    • Aircraft exterior and interior surfaces
    • Body shop mixing room tables and floors
    • Metal cutting, grinding and lathe workstations
    • Masking hydraulic hoses and paint stands
    • Over anti-fatigue mats
    • Gelcoated fiberglass, wood and other marine surfaces
    • Machine rollers and idlers
    • Wide-width and complex surface masking
    • Wrapping and protecting irregularly-shaped surfaces

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Market Applications

  • Aerospace

    Aerospace

    Versatile, conformable and UV-resistant, 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric can be used outdoors for up to two weeks. It protects exposed aluminum surfaces against acid rain staining, excellent for the leading edges of wings on business jets. It’s also great for machine shops, chemical store rooms and protection against small engine oil leaks in MRO check environments.

  • Automotive Manufacturing

    Automotive Manufacturing

    3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is simple to integrate into nearly any OEM process. The material is highly conformable and adheres on contact, making it efficient to protect floors and other flat surfaces as well as non-uniform equipment like hydraulic hoses and part stands. Its nonwoven surface can stand up to direct paint spray without bleed-through.

  • Automotive Repair & Maintenance

    Automotive Repair and Maintenance

    The original 3M™ Dirt Trap is a trusted solution for paint booths. Now, it’s moving into every other critical area of the shop. 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric resists paint, oils, solvents and other fluids, ideal for mixing rooms, prep bays and mechanical shops – anywhere dirt or oil can land. It can also be used for wide-width paint masking on heavy duty trucks.

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  • General Industrial

    General Industrial

    3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric traps dirt and resists fluids in a wide range of industrial environments and operations. It protects your work as well as your work surfaces. Besides protecting floors, machinery, spray booths and more, it is also great for use on parts such as rollers – it applies and removes quickly and can drastically reduce downtime for cleaning.

  • Marine/Specialty Vehicle

    Marine/Specialty Vehicle

    In marine manufacturing and re-fits, 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric replaces time-consuming paper-and-tape masking. It protects wood decking, railings and reinforced plastics, even in fast-paced work environments. Just apply it and forget it – adhesive keeps it in place through thick and thin. And it resists UV rays, so it keeps protecting outdoors for up to two weeks.

  • Metalworking

    Metalworking

    Besides resisting tough industrial fluids like oil, grease and most solvents, 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric protects against impact and light abrasion. This is excellent for metal fabrication and other shops where nuts, bolts and sharp-edged metal shavings can drop or fly. Material applies and removes easily even to irregular and hard-to-clean surfaces like anti-fatigue mats.


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  • How to Apply 3M Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric

    How to Apply 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric

    Applying 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is fast and efficient, by hand or using our 28” and 56” 3M™ Dirt Trap™ Protection Material Applicators. This quick video shows how simple it is to apply smooth, wrinkle-free layers when and where you need them.


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Featured Products

  • 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric

    3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric is excellent for a wide range of industries and applications. Its nonwoven surface 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 300’ rolls in widths from 4” to 56”.

  • 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material Applicators

    This durable, portable equipment makes it easy and convenient to apply 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric to floors and walls. Sized for 28” and 56” rolls, applicators accept the material with a simple clamp-in action. Foam rollers help ensure smooth, wrinkle-free application. 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric and 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material.


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Related Products

  • 3M™ Dirt Trap Nonwoven Protection Material

    Excellent for use in collision repair shop paint booths, 3M™ Dirt Trap Protection Material features a nonwoven surface that traps dust, dirt, overspray and other tiny enemies in auto painting. This material repeatedly withstands bake cycles of up to 180°F. A low-tack adhesive removes without residue, saving time on cleaning and booth maintenance.

  • 3M™ Dirt Trap Clear Film Protection Material

    When dust, dirt and overspray accumulates on windows, it blocks natural light and creates a less productive work environment. This durable, clear film saves you the time and money of removing these contaminants with scrapers and cleaners. 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

    This flame-retardant, adhesive-backed paper is excellent for protecting vertical surfaces such as walls, automotive glass and light fixtures, and painted sheet metal 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

  • Q: What is 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric made of?
    A: 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 fibers 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.
  • Q: What types of liquids can 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric withstand?
    A: This product 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.
  • Q: Where should I use 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric?
    A: 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.
  • Q: What makes 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric a better choice than just sweeping or cleaning regularly?

    A: 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 which 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.

  • Q: Can 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric improve traction to help reduce the likelihood of slips and falls in the shop?
    A: Yes. Its nonwoven surface material 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.
  • Q: Can I use 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric outdoors?
    A: 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 which are stored outdoors before installation. The product should always be tested in an inconspicuous area first.
  • Q: Can I use 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric for more than just surface protection?
    A: 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 could include applying to marine gelcoat without the disassembly of 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.
  • Q: How long can 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric stay on the substrate?
    A: 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.
  • Q: What is the best way to apply 3M™ Self-Stick Liquid Protection Fabric?
    A: 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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