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Bring paint designs to life – we’ll study your process and recommend comprehensive and efficient solutions including products, application methods and overmasking protection.
Create sharp paint lines and designed edges efficiently with integrated solutions that include fine line tapes, die cuts, crepe masking tapes and films.
Details are critical when you need to repair during manufacturing – our masking solutions can help, including critical windshield flange masking.
More and more customers demand customized vehicles, including two-tone car paint. Undermask and you spend time removing paint, overmask and you have to go back and repaint spots. To keep costs down you need to get it right quickly and efficiently. You also need to understand your process and decide whether to paint the entire body first or just one half. 3M can help by collaborating with you to find solutions that save time and money.
A folded masking film is pre-taped on one edge, then unfolded, and all edges must be taped down to prevent flapping in the wind of the bake over. These films are specially engineered to withstand the heat of paint curing ovens without melting or ghosting the underlying clearcoat, and masking and fine line tapes are designed for clean one-piece removal after exposure to a bake cycle.
Painting the entire body one color first has the advantage of making the roof paint slightly thicker so water will flow away rather than pool at a paint ridge. The speed required on the production line may mean that after baking further masking is done while the vehicle is still warm.
With experts around the world, our Global Automotive Masking team can come to your site to make recommendations and ensure your creative paint designs work all the way down the line. Our collaborative solutions are designed specifically for OEM applications and processes to help save time and reduce expenses while bringing your creative vision to life.
A masking film needs to be gentle on the underlying surface as well as covering it. This product provides excellent conformability and is soft enough to resist scratching the clear coat or other protective layers, yet tough enough to resist temperatures as high as 310°F/155°C for 1 hour during paint cycles.
Whether you’re masking plastic parts or making paint repairs on the line, the right mix of products and processes helps your workforce expertly and efficiently create sharp paint lines and designed edges. 3M masking products are engineered to stick firmly to many different substrates, survive the heat of the bake cycle and then remove cleanly to help keep your production efficient.
Fine Line Tapes
The polypropylene backing is stiffer than vinyl fine line tapes, while conforming easily around corners. Good moisture and solvent resistance. Used as a layout tape for high value, multi-color and custom painted graphics.
Smooth, vinyl backing provides conformability for sweeping curves and straight lines. Removes cleanly. Available in: opaque blue (4737S), translucent blue (4737T) and with a liner (4737TL, 4737SL).
A highly conformable tape used to achieve sharp contrast and color separation while painting on highly contoured, curved and shaped surfaces. Holds in depressions, and around corners and edges. Also available with a liner (4735L).
Designed for soft flexing. Provides good drape and conformability. Eliminates fiber that can occur with masking papers. Protects where bleed-through of solvents and paints may occur.
A high performance, high temperature wide area masking film that is designed to not scratch or damage surfaces and is flexible for good drape and conformability.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.