3M™ Scratch Removal System

Part Number 390713M ID 60455055792UPC 00051131390713
  • Auto scratch remover system takes out light paint scratches and scuffs
  • System uses a 3-step repair approach
  • Kit sands, compounds and polishes the repair area
  • Easy-to-use kit comes with all of the special supplies needed
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For industrial/occupational use only. Not for consumer sale or use.

3M™ Scratch Removal System
Making Scratches Go Away
When a fine scratch or scuff affects the clear coat, our 3M™ Scratch Removal System goes to work to smooth it out. Consisting of a three stage system of sanding, compounding and polishing, it is designed to remove defects to the thin outer coat of your car's finish. The kit removes small imperfections caused by keys, fingernails, shrub or tree branches, clothing, wash rags and car wash brushes. It is particularly useful in high-contact areas such as around door handles, door panels and trunks.

What is the Clear Coat?
Vehicles are manufactured with exterior finishes comprised of multiple layers: primer, colored paint and a final very thin top layer known as the clear coat. This kit is designed to remove fine scratches that go no deeper than the clear coat. If a scratch is deeper, it may require a more extensive repair such as repainting a portion of the vehicle.

How Does it Work?
The 3M™ Scratch Removal System is based in a simple 3-tiered approach to scratch removal: 1) sanding using the included 3000 grit sandpaper to reduce the scratch, 2) application of 3M™ rubbing compound and refining of the scratched area, and 3) polishing and restoring the scratched area using a 3M polishing pad and scratch remover compound. An additional recommended step is to apply automotive wax over the repaired area to protect the car's finish. With any car paint scratch remover, you are actually removing a very thin layer of the clear coat paint, so it's best to add a layer of protection with a polishing wax after the job is done.

What's in the Box
The 3M™ Scratch Removal System provides users with specialty scratch-repair supplies, as well as the step-by-step guidance. Our car scratch remover kit contains one disc pad holder, one 3000-grit abrasive square, one purple compounding pad, one black polishing pad, one 3M rubbing compound (1 oz), one 3M scratch remover (1 oz), and step-by-step directions for use. The user needs to supply a standard household drill (1200-1600 rpm), microfiber detail cloth, spray bottle, water and paper towels.

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  • Auto scratch remover system takes out light paint scratches and scuffs
  • System uses a 3-step repair approach
  • Kit sands, compounds and polishes the repair area
  • Easy-to-use kit comes with all of the special supplies needed
  • Kit restores flawless appearance of car, truck or van
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2. This item can be sold to consumers and industrial and there are no VOC restrictions.
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Customer Reviews
3M™ Scratch Removal System is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Results... I did a lot of research about fixing the light scratches on my car trunk before purchasing this product. I have mixed reviews about it. It's a 3-step process. 1) Sand down the scratches with the provided sander pad and water mist. This was really labor intensive. I ended up attaching the sand pad to a drill to make this part go faster. Still, I probably spent over an hour doing this. You have to be slow, methodical, and careful about it. You need to sand out the scratch, but not get into the paint layer. I was disappointed that the kit only came with one small sander pad. Definitely needed another, if not 3 of them. 2) Buff with compound. My main complaint with this step was that the compound comes in a packet (like you'd get for salad dressing), so there's no way to seal the unused portion. Also, it's a bit messy when your using the drill buffer, even if you spread it before you start spinning the drill. I had a lot of cleanup to do afterwards. Otherwise, it seemed to work fine. 3) Buff with polish layer. Exact same complaints here. No way to seal unused portion. Makes a bit of a mess. It did restore the shine, which I was a bit worried about after the step 1 sanding. Overall, it mostly worked. The shallow scratches are gone. Shine is back. The deeper scratches are still visible, although less visible than before. Perhaps if I was braver, I would have sanded the larger scratches down more. Or maybe if I had more than the single tiny sander that felt like it ran out of steam before I had attacked all of the trunk scratches. Not sure it was worth the money and effort though. Perhaps I was over ambitious looking for a magic bullet solution.
Date published: 2020-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money I had several clear coat scratches in my dark gray Highlander. The showed up as white scratches and were very obvious in sunlight. I tried every scratch remover, Meguires, Harley Davidson, No Touch, etc. Nothing would remove them. I bought the 3M scratch removal kit #39071. I followed the directions and with a little effort the scratches came right out.
Date published: 2019-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like Photoshop irl! Just used it today! I hope they stay simple & affordable! :)
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i bought this to fix a scratch and i ended up fixing about 5 other tiny nicks and scratches. it worked amazing. i spent about 20 min total.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I bought this because someone rubbed up against my car all the way down the left quarter panel and your product had it all out in 5 mins! Excellent product, will definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked exactly as stated!! I had a large white scuff-marked area on corner, and side of front bumper.I followed the product directions precisely. In 15 minutes the scratches were completely gone, and car shine restored. I'm totally thrilled with the outcome. Best $29 I ever spent! And no, I don't work for 3M. Just very happy.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Used it to touch up scratches on black motorcycle tank and bodywork. Good stuff, same stuff the pros use.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as easy as led to believe I had several scratches on my BMW trunk lid that I wanted removed. The first scratch seemed to be removed using the process. So, I ventured onto the other scratches on the trunk lid following the instructions. None of the scratches were deep and none were determined beyond the product's limitation. The whole trunk lid is now spotted where I sanded. I tried everything in the kit and more and needless to say I am very disappointed. My next move is to take it to the body shop to paint. Save your money and take it to a professional.
Date published: 2018-04-30
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For industrial/occupational use only. Not for consumer sale or use.

3M industrial and occupational products are intended, labeled, and packaged for sale to trained industrial and occupational customers for workplace use.  Unless specifically stated otherwise on the applicable product packaging or literature, these products are not intended, labeled, or packaged for sale to or use by consumers (e.g., for home, personal, primary or secondary school, recreational/sporting, or other uses not described in the applicable product packaging or literature), and must be selected and used in compliance with applicable health and safety regulations and standards (e.g., U.S. OSHA, ANSI), as well as all product literature, user instructions, warnings, and other limitations, and the user must take any action required under any recall, field action, or other product use notice.  Misuse of 3M industrial and occupational products may result in injury, sickness, death, or property damage.  For help with product selection and use, consult your on-site safety professional, industrial hygienist, or other subject matter expert.
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