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Paint Finishing



Paint Finishing on auto body panels involves several steps starting with wet sanding(also known as color sanding) the surface to remove dirt nibs, orange peel and "runs" with abrasive grades 1000 up to 2500. Next, "compounding" the automotive painted surface with a wool or foam pad and rubbing compound to remove sand scratches and bring up a high luster appearance. This is followed by removing the swirls left from compounding with a foam pad(usually gray or black "waffle or convoluted appearing" surfaces) and swirl mark remover. The final step is to apply a "glaze" or a polish to improve the gloss and offer longer term protection from the elements.

Often, the swirl mark remover step is really hiding or masking the swirls from the naked eye and after a few washings the swirls re-appear on the vehicle surface. Recent developments by 3M now include a step using a swirl eliminator to "eliminate" the swirls. It's called 3M Ultrafine Machine Polish SE.

See Below to read about this 3M Perfect-It 3000 System:



3M Perfect-It™  Paint Finishing System
3M Rubbing Compounds
Body Magic™ by Evercoat™
Cleaner Clay
3M Perfect-It™ Paint Finishing System


3M Rubbing Compounds


Body Magic™ by Evercoat™


Cleaner Clay


3M™ Trizact™ Compounding System
Finesse-it™ II
Swirl Mark Remover
Buffing Pads
3M™ Trizact™ Compounding System


Finesse-it™ II


Swirl Mark Remover


Buffing Pads


Trizact™ Paint Finish Blending Disc
05717 3M™ Hookit™ Backup Pad, 7 in(works with 8" pads)
05718 3M™ Perfect-It™ Back Up Pad, 7" (works with 8" pads)
Trizact™ Paint Finish Blending Disc


05717 3M™ Hookit™ Backup Pad, 7 in(works with 8" pads)


Availability: Usually ships the same business day

05717$65.16
05718 3M™ Perfect-It™ Back Up Pad, 7" (works with 8" pads)


Availability: Usually ships the same business day

05718$62.25