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Resources for Smoother Metal Repair Processes

Body repair technicians have one thing in common: their commitment to deliver a perfect repair. 3M provides easy-to-access, easy-to-view standard operating procedures (SOPs), technical tips, in-depth articles and more. From small dent repair to panel bonding, from door skins to weld sealing, from express repairs to large panel replacement, you’ll find ways to help fuel that commitment and expertise for you and your entire shop.

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    Standard Operating Procedures for Panel Repairs

    3M helps ensure that you’re using the best techniques and tools for a full range of panel repair and replacement jobs. You’ll find clear, step-by-step procedures for basic metal repairs as well as specific jobs such as door panel replacement and panel bonding.

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    Technical Tips for Panel Repairs

    3M provides vital tips that support the grinding, bonding, sanding and finishing required for panel repair. Our experts can help you achieve excellent appearance, long-term performance and shop efficiency. Check them out right here.

  • Important Note
    There are of course many factors and variables that can affect an individual repair, so the technician and repair facility need to evaluate each specific application and repair process, including relevant vehicle, part and OEM guidelines, and determine what is appropriate for that repair.

Featured 3M Standard Operating Procedures for Metal Shop Repairs

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    Large Damage Repair

    Achieving a smooth, well-prepared metal surface is more challenging when repairing larger auto panels.  The 3M SOPs for Large Damage Repair provide the steps for prepping, filling, sanding and inspecting repairs where the original paint layer has been broken and the damage includes significant denting. This SOP is available in English and Spanish.

    View Large Damage Repair Standard Operating Procedure

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    Small Damage Repair

    Less complicated than large damage repair, small damage repair involves fewer steps and a more streamlined process. The 3M SOP for Small Damage Repair shows procedures for repairs from rough to paint shop ready. These SOPs are available in English and Spanish for both aluminum and traditional materials. 

    Download English Small Damage Repair SOP (PDF, 145 KB)

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