Many New Year’s resolutions involve your health, like getting in shape, eating healthier or reducing the stress in your life. But are you making New Year’s resolutions that improve the health of your body SHOP?
Changes in the tools, solutions and systems that you are using in your body shop can have a significant impact on your shop’s performance in the year ahead – from productivity to margin improvement, KPI performance and the ability to repair the advanced materials found on today’s new vehicles.
Here are the top five resolutions you might want to consider as you plan for 2015, courtesy of 3M Automotive Aftermarket, which works with thousands of body shops across the country to help improve performance and profitability.
Resolution #1 – Make more money in the paint booth!
The 3M PPS technology with disposable lids, cups and liners deliver solvent reductions of up to 70 percent, which at $400 per 55 gallon barrel per week, translates to $14,560 in savings annually. And, by using the system to mix and filter internally, it reduces paint waste by one ounce per mix, adding thousands more to the bottom line. The system offers full diameter filters for improved fluid flow and, with five sizes to choose from, the right size cup for every application.
The 3M Accuspray spray guns, including HG18 for primer and HG14 for sealer and paint applications, provides painters premium performance on demand and reduces cleaning and maintenance needs.
Resolution #2 – Finally….A Solution for Texture Matching
The 3M Body Protection System is reinventing how repair technicians spray textured finishes found on today’s vehicles for rock protection and sound deadening. It leverages the 3M Accuspray spray gun to give painters the accuracy and control to match OEM textured finishes with fine, medium, coarse or splattered patterns.
The 3M Body Protection System gives automotive professionals a powerful tool for productivity, including:
Resolution #3 – Make tough jobs more efficient with the right tools.
The right tool needs the right abrasive, and for the best performance that means the 3M™ Cubitron™ II line of abrasive products for heavy metalworking. These cutting and grinding products deliver outstanding performance, speed, consistency and disc life for automotive body technicians. Compared to traditional abrasives, the 3M Cubitron II products cut through paint, welds and metals twice as fast, with double the life span. The offering includes:
Resolution #4 – Cut the leading reason for comebacks – swirl marks in paint finishes.
When it comes to paint refinishing, compounding is the most debated step in the process. For paint professionals, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division offers two excellent systems – one with a compounding step and one without. Are you using the right process for your paint finishing jobs to deliver the best finish and eliminate swirl marks? It all depends on the size of the job.
For small to medium-sized areas like a door panel or fender, 3M recommends using the 3M™ Trizact™ 5000 and 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 solution. This allows the paint professional to spend more time sanding with a DA and less time buffing with a heavy buffer. This system doesn’t have a compounding step, so it eliminates the time and cleanup for compounding and allows the painter to complete the job more quickly.
But for large areas or dark-colored vehicles, 3M recommends its 3M Perfect-It Large Area Paint Finishing System and a traditional refinishing method. Technicians can achieve a perfect finish with the 3M Perfect-It large area paint finishing system featuring the 3M Perfect-It EX rubbing compound, which provides faster cutting, longer working time with less sling, ease of handling and easy clean-up.
3M offers standard operating procedures for both processes online at http://3mcollision.com/library/sops.
Resolution #5 – Get Ready to Repair Advanced Materials.
Key to aluminum repair is a dedicated clean room with separate tools for welding, bonding, riveting, sanding, grinding and structural procedures on aluminum components. Separate safety equipment is also important, as technicians will need dedicated respirators, eye protection and gloves for aluminum repairs.
3M makes many products that can be used on both aluminum and steel. Premium 3M AAD body fillers and glazes contain high-quality adhesion promoters and are approved for use on aluminum. For sanding, 3M AAD recommends its line of 3M Cubitron II abrasives that cut faster, run cooler and minimize substrate damage. In addition, 3M Panel Bonding Adhesive is compatible, OEM-approved for aluminum and is specifically recommended by Ford for the repairs to the 2015 Aluminum F-150.
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division now offers Standard Operating Procedures for aluminum repair. Visit 3MCollision.com/aluminum for more information.
To make these innovative solutions part of your shop’s process in 2015, contact your local 3M representative or distributor. For more information on these solutions, visit www.3MCollision.com and follow us at www.Facebook.com/3MCollision.
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