Colour coding proving the key to best practice in paint preparation
19 November 2010
A simple but highly innovative system from diversified technology company 3M has firmly established itself in bodyshops in ensuring the right combination of application pad and compound or polish is used for each task in the paint rectification process.
The 3M Perfect-It III colour code system matches compounds and polishes with the most effective pads for applying them – and three years on from its launch, 3M is still receiving regular comments from customers across the UK about the impact this simple system has had on productivity, efficiency and profitability.
The first stage is to use 3M Perfect-It III Fast Cut Plus Compound, in a green-capped bottle, on a green 3M Perfect-It III Compounding Pad. The next task is to select a yellow-coloured 3M Extra Fine Polishing Pad to be used with 3M Perfect-It III Extra Fine Compound which has a yellow bottle-top.
Blue is the colour for stage three, the removal of any swirls or holograms, using 3M Ultrafina SE Polish (in a blue-topped bottle) matched with a blue 3M High Gloss Polishing Pad. The job is completed by protecting with 3M Polish Rosa which has a pink cap – applied by hand or using a dual action (DA) machine.
The process was simplified still further with the introduction of the 3M Perfect-It III Polishing Kit, a robust, durable mobile system which allows the whole range to be purchased together, stored neatly and transported easily.
Darren Lansley of 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division explained: “There are so many application pads and polishing compounds used in the bodyshop that it can be easy to select the wrong one. The 3M Perfect-It III colour code system was designed to make the selection process as simple as possible, while the 3M Perfect-It III Polishing Kit makes selection and storage even easier and more convenient.”
For further information visit www.3Mbodyshop.co.uk.
3M, Ultrafina and Perfect-It are trademarks of 3M Company.