Simple changes in the tools, solutions and systems that you are using in your body shop can have a significant impact on your shop’s performance in the year ahead – from productivity to solvent use, materials waste, margin improvement and KPI performance.
Here are the top five resolutions you might want to consider as you plan for 2014, courtesy of 3M Automotive Aftermarket, which works with thousands of body shops across the country to help improve performance and profitability.
Resolution #1 – Decrease material waste and solvent use and deliver the savings to the bottom line.
Are you sending profits down the drain with wasted materials and unneeded solvent use? The family of 3M™ Accuspray™ System HVLP spray guns with replaceable atomizing head and 3M™ PPS™ technology delivers premium performance at a fraction of the cost and effort. The system can provide exceptional results through excellent atomization, resulting in high transfer efficiency and a large, usable spray pattern with low overspray. It is designed to help improve productivity, reduce solvent consumption and minimize clean-up time.
Customers using the 3M PPS technology report that it delivers as much as a 70 percent reduction in the use of cleaning solvents. In addition, the system helps reduce the amount of paint required for a job by as much as 1 to 3 ounces per mix, leading to significant cost and waste reductions. The Accuspray System can be cleaned with as little as 1 to 2 ounces of solvent, versus a pint to quart of solvent for traditional primer guns. This can translate into a more than 90 percent reduction in solvent use.
Resolution #2 – Make tough jobs more efficient with the right tools.
Removing spot welds from today’s high-strength steel automotive panels can be easier and less expensive, thanks to the new 3M™ Green Corps™ File Belt and the 3M™ File Belt Tool. Using specialized drill bits to separate panels during disassembly is time-consuming, expensive and challenging for the technician. The 3M Green Corps File Belt is an ideal alternative to drilling, with a long-lasting abrasive surface designed for spot weld removal as well as grinding in other tight areas.
A single 3M Green Corps File Belt grinds off many more spot welds than drill bits, and it works well on all types of steel. It is a solution that requires less effort, performs faster and at a cost savings in time and materials. Also available is the Scotch-Brite™ Duraflex File Belt that can be used for the removal of window urethane and seam sealer, as well as weld preparation and cleanup applications.
Today’s advanced paints can be challenging, too. The 3M™ Cubitron™ II Clean Sanding Hookit™ Disc is a revolutionary advancement in automotive abrasive technology. It features 3M Precision-Shaped Grain Technology that provides faster cutting for paint removal, the early sanding stage in small or large area body repairs, body filler rough shaping and feather edging. It ultimately lasts longer and delivers a finer, more uniform finish.
The 3M Cubitron II Clean Sanding Hookit Disc has a cut rate that is as much as 30 percent faster and lasts twice as long as conventional ceramic premium abrasives. This is possible because the discs incorporate triangular-shaped ceramic grain technology that continuously fractures to form sharp points and edges that slice through paint and filler. The technology allows the disc to run cooler and results in a finer finish.
Resolution #3 – Cut the leading reason for comebacks – swirl marks in paint finishes.
Almost any paint professional would agree, compounding is the most difficult step in the traditional paint finishing process. The time, the heavy polisher, the mess of the rubbing compound – it all adds up to a significant speed bump in the process of delivering a high-quality paint finishing job. To remove that speed bump, 3M Automotive Aftermarket has re-invented the paint finishing process to eliminate the compounding step – thanks to an advanced paint finishing system that features 3M™ Trizact™ abrasives and 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1 Finishing Material. The new 3M Perfect-It Paint Finishing System replaces messy compounds and heavy polishers with a 3M Trizact abrasive disc and DA sander.
The new 3M Perfect-It 1 Paint Finishing System offers one-step finishing; deeper, glossier finishes; less time with a heavy polisher; reduced rework and comebacks for swirl marks; cleaner jobs and reduced time for detailing. Paint professionals can say goodbye to swirl marks in 2014!
Resolution #4 – Eliminate texture matching headaches.
For automotive professionals, matching textures on rocker panels have always been a challenge. And the current technology for applying these textured coatings and undercoatings means painters struggle with coating thickness, overspray, product waste and cleanup. The new 3M Body Protection System is reinventing how repair technicians spray textured finishes found on today’s vehicles for rock protection and sound deadening. The innovative 3M Body Protection System helps painters spray low-viscosity textured finishes with fine, medium, coarse or splattered patterns.
The 3M Body Protection System gives automotive professionals a powerful new tool for productivity, including:
Ability to adjust pressures and spray pattern, allowing for better match to OEM textures.
Ability to cut in half application time of textured finishes to rocker panels, wheel wells and undercarriages in many cases.
The pressurized 3M Accuspray spray gun allows the product to be sprayed at any angle making it easier to reach lower rocker sections and inside wheel wheels.
The painter can easily adjust the spray pattern to reduce overspray and masking.
Painters can easily achieve a perfect texture match, which contributes to improved repair quality and higher CSI scores.
Resolution #5 – Do away with re-dos for pinholes.
When it comes to the shop floor, every minute is critical to delivering excellent dent repair, on time and at a profitable margin. And every minute spent mixing, cleaning and reworking repairs represents dollars wasted. Automotive professionals can stop mixing and start fixing, thanks to the Dynamic Mixing System from 3M, a high-tech tool for applying filler and glaze. This innovative system mixes the material and hardener right in the nozzle to always deliver the perfect formulation. The unique design allows professionals to dispense the filler when they want it, right where they want it, at the touch of a trigger.
With the Dynamic Mixing System, there is no messy mixing process, no wasted materials, and no lost time cleaning up. In fact, users report a reduction in waste of more than 40 percent and reduced re-work and clean-up times of more than 30 hours per month. One of the biggest advantages of the Dynamic Mixing System from 3M is the reduction of pinholes, which reduces additional coats of filler or glaze, prevents re-working of jobs and delivers higher customer satisfaction with the final repair. The unique system achieves this through the automatic mixing system, which ensures pinholes aren’t blended into the filler and prevents over-catalyzation. The system also delivers a tight wet-coat on the car surface, which discourages pinholes from forming.
To make these innovative solutions part of your shop’s process in 2014, contact your local 3M representative or distributor.
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