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3M 39071 Scratch Removal System

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  • Guaranteed to remove light paint scratches and scuffs from your vehicle's outer clear coat finish
  • Three tiered repair system that is easy to use
  • Can repair multiple scratches
  • Minimal additional items required along with kit, including: household drill, microfiber cloth, water and a spray bottle
  • Saves users money by performing scratch repair themselves, while improving the paint appearance
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Technical Details
Brand3M
Item Weight6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 6 x 7 inches
Item model number39071
Manufacturer Part Number39071
  
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ASINB003NS5NK8
Best Sellers Rank #285 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMay 24, 2010
  
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Product Description

The 3M Scratch Removal System is guaranteed to remove light paint scratches and scuffs on the clear-coat paint surface of your vehicle. Consisting of a three-stage system of sanding, compounding and polishing the clear coat of your car, it is designed to remove defects to this thin outer coat of your car's finish--like fine scratches to the door handle, door panels or the trunk. This system is easy to use and comes with materials to repair multiple scratches.

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The 3M Scratch Removal System provides users with everything necessary, as well as the step-by-step guidance needed to repair small clear coat scratches on vehicles*. Consisting of a three stage system of sanding, compounding and polishing the clear coat of your car, it is designed to remove defects to this thin outer coat of your car's finish, like fine scratches to the door handle, door panels or the trunk.

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Example of clear coat scratch repairable with the 3M 39071 Scratch Removal System
Easy & inexpensive clear coat scratch repair.
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Contents of the kits included in the 3M 39071 Scratch Removal System
Everything you need right out of the box (drill not included).
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Save Money Repairing Vehicle Scratches
Vehicle are manufactured with exterior finishes comprised of a variety of layers: primer, colored paint, and a final very thin top layer known as the clear coat. The 3M Scratch Removal System is designed to remove defects to the clear coat with the added aid of a user supplied household drill. Examples of repairable defects that the 3M Scratch Removal System is able to easily repair include fine scratches from automatic car wash brushes, vegetation scrapes, etc. Common areas in need of this sort of repair are the area around the door handle or the trunk just to name a few.

How Does it Work
The 3M Scratch Removal System is based in a simple 3-tiered approach to scratch removal: sanding using the included 3000 grit sandpaper to reduce the scratch, application of 3M rubbing compound and refining of the scratch area, and finally polishing and restoring the scratch area using a 3M polishing pad, scratch remover compound and a common household drill. An additional recommended step is to apply automotive wax in the repaired area to protect the car's finish, since you have removed an area of its clear coat. When removing a defect in the paint surface, you are actually removing a very thin layer of the clear coat paint. This procedure is commonly performed by professional technicians in automotive collision shops, car dealerships, detail shops, and assembly plants for high dollar amounts. Now, you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.

Key Features

  • Guaranteed to remove light paint scratches and scuffs from your vehicle's outer clear coat finish
  • Three tiered repair system that is easy to use
  • Minimal additional items required along with kit, including: household drill, microfiber cloth, water and a spray bottle
  • Saves users money by performing scratch repair themselves, while improving the paint appearance
What's in the Box
The 3M Scratch Removal System contains one disc pad holder, one 3000-grit abrasive square, one purple compounding pad, one black polishing pad, one 3M rubbing compound (1 oz), one 3M scratch remover (1 oz), and step-by-step directions for use.**

Limitation of Liability
Except where prohibited by law, 3M will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the 3M product, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, regardless of the legal theory asserted, including warranty, contract, negligence or strict liability.

About 3M
3M is fundamentally a science-based company. They produce thousands of imaginative products, and they are a leader in scores of markets - from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives.

* Scratches that cannot be completely removed go deeper than the surface of the clear coat.
** User supplies: standard household drill (1200-1600 rpm), 3M microfiber detail cloth, spray bottle, water, paper towels.


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4.3 out of 5 stars

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Six North on January 24, 2011
Size: 1 Pack
I helped a buddy while he used one of these kits, then I got one for myself. Awesome. Splotch of paint from coming to close to the garage door frame, gone. Key dings around the door locks, polished and vanished. A line where the trunk of the Christmas tree scraped along the door -- Away!

I'd warn you, though, this is like a gateway drug. Two jobs under my belt and I'm imagining things like buying a buffer -- polishing my boat, or the mini van, or anything really.

Frenkly, I've always wanted to do this sort of thing -- but clear instructions are hard to find. Now I get it, now I know what to do.

3M needs to make a larger kit, or sell a multi-pack, or something. I have a '97 Prism that got cleaned with the wrong side of an abrasive sponge -- it's going to take some doing to get all the fine scratches out.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Mcconnell on July 11, 2011
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Ok, so I just bought this the other day. I should have a long time ago for personal use, but now that I'm about to put my 2005 Acura RL up for sale, wanted to make sure I try to get rid of some of the door dings. I have kept my car in very good shape, so I was skeptical if this would damage my finish more than what it was, so I tried a spot on the roof, and was very happy with the results, so then I tried some unsightly door dings, and these were dings where it didn't chip the paint, but left some of the other vehicles epaint on mine. The sand paper removed it well, and the compound and shine made the disappear. Now I've used other polishes before that say they remove scratches, but really they just hide them. This really removed them. I ended up using this on every scratch I could find on the car, including a spot where my wife put a box on the truck lid and pulled so it left long fine scratches in the clear coat. All gone!
Couple of things, one my car is very bright metallic silver, so the reflection may make it harder to see any of the scratch left, but it still made it much much better to a point I couldn't even see where the scratch was when it was time to apply the polish.
Two, you must get very comfortable with the process, or your results will differ. My friend was working on his car while I did mine, but his results were much less impressive. He has a 2007 gray/silver Mazda CX7. I think he was applying too much pressure on the drill buffer stages, and not moving around enough. Note in instructions say not to stay in on place too long. And third, this is not for anything that has gone deeper than the paint, other wise use touch up paint first, however your results will not be as good as a light scratch without touch up paint. But it still will be much better than the alternative. Anyone rating this product less is either expecting a body shop result for $15 or they suck at the process and therefore should leave this to the pro's.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John M Watts on November 8, 2011
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Got this to fix some loooong scratches along the side of my car. I have no idea how they got there, but I could barely feel them so that meant they were only in the clearcoat.

This product does exactly what it advertises, and does it very well. The only thing I can add is this. Just how well it will work depends on the amount of sanding you do beforehand, obviously if you don't sand enough, the scratch will still be visible and no amount of buffing is going to fix that. So, if you've got a scratch longer than a few inches, I highly recommend getting some regular sized pieces of 2500 or 3000 grit sanding paper. This kit does come with that, but the pieces are very small, and are only going to be effective if you've got a small scratch. I had to order this sandpaper from amazon as well, as nowhere local seems to carry anything with this fine a grain. By the way, it can take a looong time to sand the required amount by hand, especially if it's a long scratch. If I had to do it again, I'd find some way to attach the sandpaper to a drill with a pad or something. That would make this super easy.

It can be a little scary to sand your car with this stuff, and everything you sand is going to get very hazy/cloudy. Don't worry about it! After using the magical 3M buffers and compounds it all goes away and you're back to the former shine.
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76 of 98 people found the following review helpful By CMB on July 20, 2012
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I had a scratch on my car that I wanted gone so I did some research and decided I would try to buff it out with this 3M scratch removal system. I watched the video multiple times and read the directions very carefully. I am very good at following directions but in the blink of an eye when I was using the small sand paper that comes with the product, it took the paint right off of my bumper. I was not applying much pressure and it really happened so easily and fast it was very disappointing. It turned my scratch into a quarter sized stripped down area and now I have to have a professional fix it. I have to stress that I went over the directions very carefully. My conclusion is that this is not something that should be used by beginners who are new at doing touch-ups. I think it probably takes some extra knowledge to know how to approach these things as well as practice. I also must mention that the package was missing the rubbing compound it was supposed to come with and when I called 3M they wrote it off and told me to contact Amazon, which wasn/t even worth my time. Now I wish I would have just left the scratch alone or let someone more experienced buff it out. This system just opened up a can of worms and caused more damage to my vehicle so be very careful if you choose this product for touch-up's.
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