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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.
Apply pre-taped masking film 3M™ High Temperature Paint Masking Film 7300 to the front of the vehicle, windshield, and sunroof. While applying, open the masking film out, making sure to secure it with 3M™ Performance Masking Tape 2380.
Rear hatches have more complex shapes, making applying by hand hard to do consistently. Die-cuts of Scotch™ High Temperature Fine Line Tape 4737 can be made to match these complex shapes, with tabs to make placement consistent and easy.
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.
|Product||Product Description||Thickness mils (mm)|
|244||Adhesive transfer resistance and sunlight stability.||100 ° C|
|3739||With high strength polypropylene film backing and hot melt synthetic rubber-resin adhesive.||-|
|401+||High performance crepe for medium temp bake processes||250°F (121°C)|
|313||Suitable for hard to stick surfaces and cold temperature applications||-|
|3939||Designed for general heavy-duty indoor MRO/construction applications||-|
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.
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.