3M introduces commercial vehicle collision repair guidance

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Updated Feb 15, 2016

The 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has introduced a collection of commercial truck standard operating collision repair procedures (SOPs).

Along with 3M’s commitment to providing its customers with the highest performing and most cost-effective products in the marketplace, these written procedures can help assist the commercial vehicle collision shops in delivering consistency within the repair process through development of standardized repair procedures.

“3M is extremely committed to helping fleet collision shops become more productive and profitable by providing outstanding business solution services combined with highly efficient 3M products. From abrasives, power tools and truck repair specific adhesives, we have the products and the processes designed to meet the shop’s and technician’s production demands,” says John Spoto, national heavy duty truck/commercial fleet manager for 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division. “The professional training 3M will provide can deliver a unique consultative approach to help maximize reparability.”

These new SOPs can be found in the “How To” section of 3M’s collision website HERE.

According to 3M, these SOPs help teach basic and advanced skills, demonstrate proper techniques and showcase innovative product solutions.  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 company says. Each SOP topic also includes instructions with photographic examples, and a list of 3M product solutions used to properly complete a repair.

3M says topics covered include:

  • Aluminum Panel Removal
  • Aluminum Panel Installation: Adhesive
  • Aluminum Dent Repair
  • Composite Panel Removal and Installation
  • Back Side Reinforcement (SMC, FRP, Composites)
  • Cosmetic Repair (SMC, FRP, Composites)
  • Seam Sealer Removal
  • Seam Sealer Installation: Over Primer and Direct to Metal
  • Corrosion Protection (Cavity Wax/Rust Fighter-I)
  • Prep New Parts
  • Prime Part (Aluminum, SMC, FRP, Composite)
  • Paint Finishing: Small and Large Areas
  • Headlight Restoration
  • Clean-up Process
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