Exterior Trim Films from 3M applied to blue car window

3M™ Exterior Trim Film

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  • Roll of 3M™ Exterior Trim Film view from top and side
      • Provides greater design flexibility and weight reduction opportunities when compared to painting solutions.
      • Holds up to prolonged exterior weathering and tough environmental conditions.
      • Cost effective alternative to stamp chrome plating.
      • Helps OEMs move away from traditional chrome plating and galvanized processes, which can be hazardous to the environment and worker health.
      • Enables production of complex moldings with multilayer film construction.
      • Improves cycle times by integrating with the manufacturing process.
    • 3M™ Exterior Trim Film is paint replacement film design to replace chromed plated plastic, or painted parts to streamline the manufacturing process. With different finishes such as chrome and high gloss black.

    • Built to withstand the environmental challenges on the open road while conforming to the curves, angles, and creativity of your design. Formulated to work with TPO, TPV, ABS, PC-ABS, and stainless-steel substrates. 3M ETF is compatible with existing extrusion, injection molding, and roll forming processes.

  • 3M™ Exterior Trim Film Applied to belt line modlings, door sash molding, quarter trim on a blue car
  • Recommended applications
    • Belt Line Moldings
    • Door Sash Molding
    • Quarter Trim
    • Roof Ditch Moldings

    • Model differentiation - different finishes for the same base components
    • Streamlined manufacturing process - enables shorter cycle times and fewer process steps
    • Weight reduction – substitute plastic components for traditional metal parts
    • Design flexibility – film demonstrates excellent elongation for complex designs
    • Speed to Market – simple change of Exterior Trim Film rolls enables quick changeover of color or finish on parts without additional tooling costs
    • Cost savings – In-line process requires limited extra tooling cost and enables increased capacity, reduced unit cost and yield loss reduction
    • Helps OEMs comply with chromate reduction initiatives - 3M Exterior Trim Film helps OEMs move away from traditional chrome plating and galvanized processes (plastic parts), which can be hazardous to the environment and worker health
    • Cost effective trim solution – process enables improved styling for A and B segment and low volume models
    • Corrosion and weather resistance – non-metal alternative reduces potential for corrosion
  • This product is formulated to work with TPO (Thermo Plastic Olefins) and metal substrates. Compatibility with other substrates should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please contact your local technical service representative for assistance.
  • The product is currently available in planetary rolls up to 250m long. Rolls can be slit to order in increments of 0.5 mm to widths of 15.0mm – 32.5mm* for the co-extrusion and roll forming process. Master rolls of 290 / 390 mm* x 90 m are available for the injection molding process. Minimum orders are 1000m² for slit rolls for co-extrusion process-and one Master roll for injection molding process.

    *Additional slit roll dimensions and roll length may be available upon request– check with your sales representative for availability

  • Select OEM specification data packages are available. If you have an OEM application and need specification data, finishes, or colors, contact your local technical service representative for assistance.
  • Contact your local 3M representative.

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