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Thursday June 17

3M Introduces Paintable Film for Automotive Masking

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has introduced a new paintable protective sheeting for automotive paint shops. Durable, tear-resistant Overspray Protective Sheeting - Now Paintable, from 3M, is used to cover a vehicle in preparation for painting, and can be cut away and taped to expose the area to be painted without need for conventional masking paper around the critical edge.

Jerry J. Steinke, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division marketing manager, explained that new Overspray Protective Sheeting from 3M can be applied by a single user, unfolding easily and yet clinging to the vehicle. All three film widths can be dispensed either horizontally or vertically using the protective sheeting masker from 3M.

"Body shop tests show that this new protective sheeting eliminates the cost of masking paper and cuts paint preparation time by up to half," Steinke said. "For example, based on average labor rates and material costs, a shop that paints 15 cars per week could potentially save up to $2,700 anually in labor and materials with Overspray Protective Sheeting - Now Paintable, from 3M."

This new 1/2-mil high density polyethylene 3M film is clear, tear resistant, and treated for improved paint overspray adhesion. It unfolds easily and clings to the vehicle surface. Three widths are available to suit the full range of vehicle sizes from compacts to pickups, SUVs and vans.

3M Overspray Protective Sheeting - Now Paintable is available through 3M aftermarket distributors.

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