Original Press Release
3M Introduces Revolutionary Solution for Improving Paint Booth Performance
Press release date: February 5, 2010
New 3M Dirt Trap Protection System Can Cut Dirt and Dust in Paint Jobs by Up To 50 Percent
System Installs in Less than Two Hours, Helps Saves Thousands of Dollars in Work Hours
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Almost all body shop owners are faced with the challenge of dealing with dirt and dust in their paint jobs and the time-consuming maintenance in their paint department. Until now.
3M has developed an innovative system to protect the paint booth and reduce paint department expenses. The 3M Dirt Trap Protection System provides a complete paint booth solution that traps dust, dirt and overspray - reducing defects in paint jobs by as much as 50 percent.
Before 3M Dirt Trap Protection System After 3M Dirt Trap Protection System The Dirt Trap System features an adhesive-backed material that is applied to wall and floor surfaces and a clear film to protect lights and windows. Once the material fills with debris, it is simply removed and replaced.
"We spend a great deal of time working with body shop owners and paint experts in their shops, participating in their daily work to understand the challenges they face and the ways we can apply 3M solutions to help them," said Pat Hager, 3M Division Scientist for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. "Our research showed that painters spend a great deal of time removing dust and dirt from paint repairs that stem from airborne contaminants in their paint areas. Our research also showed that painters needed help keeping a freshly painted surface clean and free of defects in their paint booth."
3M was able to leverage several of its existing technology platforms to tackle the problem - using advanced technology and an innovative green, solvent-free process to hold dirt and dust to the surface.
The 3M Dirt Trap System also helps body shop owners protect the investment in their paint booth by keeping the booth clean and bright. This eliminates the need for repeated washing that can promote corrosion or the cost of repainting the booth to restore its appearance. It also saves maintenance expenses by eliminating cleaning tasks such as sweeping, rinsing and scraping windows. This reduction in maintenance increases booth utilization and minimizes the down time for maintenance.
"We were looking for a solution to alleviate time spent removing dirt and buffing vehicles," said Michael Caruso, Jr., of Central Collision Centers in Oak Forest, IL. "We maintain a very high standard of cleanliness in our shops. The dirt trap system allows us to reduce dirt in paint work and keep our booth cleaner. We track cycle time quite frequently in terms of average days, hours per day and units per day. On average I would say we are able to produce one extra booth cycle per day in a two-man paint shop. That can amount to delivering four to five more vehicles per week, which helps financial performance and helps us deliver insurance company metrics."
Installation, Replacement is Easy The 3M Dirt Trap System is easily applied onto the walls and floors with the magnetic dispenser. The material is easy to handle and allows the installer to reposition during installation, which should be completed in less than two hours.
The 3M Dirt Trap System is designed with flexibility based on a shop's productivity. It can be simply removed quickly and without slivering when it becomes filled with debris. A body shop that is running four to eight cars through their paint booth each day would typically need to replace the floor material every two to three weeks, similar to maintenance on booth filters. The wall material would typically need to be replaced every 160 bake cycles.
Contact 1-877-MMM-CARS or your local 3M Distributor or 3M Sale Representative for more information or visit our website at www.3M.com/dirttrap.
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