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3M launches new series of SOPs for aluminum repairs

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:00
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With the advent of high-strength aluminum showing up in more cars, repairs have become more challenging. More importantly, there is a lot of confusion and mis-information in the marketplace.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has the answer with a new set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) -- along with the products and tools to go with them -- to tackle these jobs in an efficient and cost effective way.  These new SOPs can be found online at

3M’s SOPs help teach basic and advanced skills, demonstrate proper techniques and showcase innovative product solutions.  Designed for car enthusiasts, technical students and automotive professionals, the 3M Standard Operating Procedures provide step-by-step guidance through a range of projects to help ensure repairs are done professionally and efficiently.

The 3M SOPs for aluminum repair cover:

  • Frequently Asked Questions and an Aluminum Repair Matrix
  • Dent Repair
  • Panel Replacement
  • And More!

A number of 3M products can be used for high-strength aluminum repairs, including the 3M™ File Belt Sander and 3M™ Panel Bonding Adhesive. The File Belt Sander is used for grinding out self-piercing rivets, removing seam sealer and preparing surfaces for rivet-bonded repairs.  Panel Bonding Adhesive can be used to bond door skins, roof skins, quarter panels and box sides.  Both products were recently approved by Ford for use in repairs on the Ford F150 pickup.

From metal and plastic repair, to sanding and paint finishing, to car detailing and safety improvements,

These solutions, and others, are available at participating distributors. For complete details, call 1.877.MMM.CARS, contact your 3M Distributor or 3M Sales Representative, or visit the website at

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M is a trademark of 3M Company.

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