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Collision Repair Training

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Collision Repair Training

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Upcoming Webinars

3M Paint Booth Process Webcast Series

June 1 through June 12 we will be hosting online education sessions on topics important to the Paint Booth Processes in Collision Repair Shops. Each topic will be presented twice to accommodate all users' schedules.

  • Proper Paint Booth Setup and Maximizing Throughput

    Effective cycle times and quality repairs should be at the top of the priority list for collision shops. Setting the correct booth temperature, measuring airflow and proper booth loading are just a few of the best practices we’ll share in this session. We’ll also talk through ways to minimize dry times including proper paint application, booth setup and using accelerated curing systems.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 (Space is limited)

    9 a.m. Central – Register

    9 p.m. Central – Register

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Past Webinars

  • Art and Science of Masking

    Join us for a refresher on our masking portfolio and a discussion about some of the nuances when using our various products. Our products are designed to help you increase productivity and achieve the best paint job possible but with a wide range of options, it can be difficult at times to know the best tape for the job. We’re here to share a bit of science behind our masking technology and some helpful tips and tricks for application.

    Register to Watch Recording On-Demand




    Repair Mapping Causes and Prevention

    What is repair mapping and how can you avoid it? We’ll be discussing how to understand and refine OEM paint layers, as well as, some common misconceptions we’ve seen in the industry. Get back to the basics on the various types of fillers and glazes, the very products that can help you deliver a quality repair when coupled with the proper techniques.

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    Benefits of Dust Extraction during Paint Preparation

    Less dust means less wasted time. Learn how the Total Automotive Sanding System can help minimize dust to improve conditions in both the shop and in the booth when it’s time to paint. We will also discuss how our 3M abrasive offering with the use of dust extraction can help lead to efficiency in the shop, improving overall cycle time. Dust extraction could be a solution to improve your paint prep process.

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    Feather, Prime and Block Explained

    What’s the best way to feather, prime and block? In this session, you’ll learn how proper featheredging can reduce primer consumption to ultimately avoid repair mapping. We’ll also cover the importance of primer atomization and application, how to reduce pinholes, and tips when using dry guide coat – all key topics when it comes to producing a high-quality repair.

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    Panel Replacement and How to utilize the 3M CRiMP Material Planning tool to improve Net Profit

    In this webcast we'll discuss the methods, products, and tools needed when replacing the panel on a Class 8 truck. We'll also demonstrate how using the 3M Collision Repair Materials Planner could improve your shop's profitability by capturing material costs and labor time that isn't always caught.

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    Composite Body Panel Repair for SMC, METTON®, and FRP

    Repairing SMC, METTON®, and FRP body panels will be the focus of this session. We'll cover these body panel substrates, repair processes, and products -- as well as common mistakes made when repairing these materials.

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    The role of Seam Sealers and Foams in the Heavy-Duty Truck repair process

    This webcast will focus on the proper selection of products, repair procedures, and the important function of seam sealers and foams. We'll also discuss how seam sealers and foams have an impact on the future performance of a repaired vehicle.

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    Rivet Removal, Cutting and Grinding, and Corrosion Protection

    This webcast will focus on rivet removal; cutting and grinding operations; and how to use a variety of tools and 3M abrasives to improve productivity. The Corrosion Protection segment will look at common causes of corrosion, repair products, and procedures to help protect against post-repair corrosion.

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    Structural Adhesives for Modern Collision Repair

    Working with structural adhesives is an increasingly important part of collision repair. In this session we'll look at both traditional panel bonding adhesives and the more-specialized impact-resistant varieties - talk about the differences, best practices, and share a few tips.

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    Restoring Corrosion Protection in the Age of Post-Repair Inspections

    Nearly all automotive OEMs require cavity wax after repair, including in commonly overlooked areas such as narrow channels and hidden welded flanges. In this session we'll look at the top methods of corrosion protection - and discuss how they're critical for protecting your customers’ investment, your shop, and your reputation.

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Advance your I-CAR training

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    When you complete courses offered by 3M, you can also earn credits toward knowledge areas and training requirements for the I-CAR Gold Class® Professionals and Platinum® Individual designation programs. I-CAR sets the industry standards for collision repair training and implementation. With our education modules, you’ll learn new skills while moving forward in your I-CAR accreditation – a win-win.


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