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Metal Cleaning

Help clean and remove imperfections such as weld burns, rust, mill-scale and paint fast and effectively.


3M Abrasives for Metal Cleaning

Metal cleaning removes undesirable coatings and contaminations from surfaces without drastically changing the surface geometry. 3M abrasives for cleaning are designed to remove rust/corrosion, mill-scale, paint and clean spot welds quickly and effectively.

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Winning Abrasive Combinations for Cleaning Metal

Pairing the right abrasives together can result in a winning combination that optimizes productivity, designed for worker comfort, and helps deliver high-quality results for your metalworking application.

Metal Cleaning Applications Videos

Watch videos of our winning abrasive combinations to learn more and help you find the one that's right for your application.

Find the Right Product for your Job

Use our comparison chart to find the metal cleaning abrasives you need.

Solution Spotlight | Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro

See the time-saving power of the Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro disc. With fast-cutting silicon carbide mineral embedded in a nonwoven web, it makes quick work of surface prep tasks like paint removal and rust removal.

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Paint removed with Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro.

After 15 seconds, a layer of black paint is completely removed from the aluminum sheet. What’s left behind is a clean surface ready for the next step.

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Paint removed with a knotted wire cup brush.

After 15 seconds with a knotted wire cup brush, large areas of black paint remain on the aluminum.

Abrasive Solutions for Every Step of the Way

At 3M we specialize in delivering engineered abrasive solutions for every step of your abrasive process. We help you improve productivity and safety so that you can succeed every day from first cut to final finish.

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