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Surface Preparation: Get Ready for the Next Step

  • To achieve an attractive finished product, surface preparation is one of the most important steps in the metalworking process. 3M™ Cubitron™ II and Scotch-Brite™ Abrasives are ideal for paint, coating and rust removal, as well as scale removal and scratch refinement, to get your metalworking project ready for the next step – be it painting or adding an aesthetic finish.


Metal surface preparation using a non-woven abrasive
Surface Preparation

Durable, flexible non-woven abrasives to remove paint, coatings, rust and weld discoloration, leaving a smooth, consistent, paintable finish.

3M™ Flap Disc 769F | Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro Discs

These new surface preparation solutions are ready to take your shop to the next level. 3M™ Flap Disc 769F is a versatile abrasive disc with an unbeatable combination of performance and value, ready to take on the most aggressive surface preparation applications. And the brand new Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro and XT Pro Extra Cut Discs quickly remove rust, paint and other coatings without loading – and they come in your choice of silicon carbide or aluminum oxide.

See How Easy Surface Preparation Can Be

  • Prepping a Metal Surface with 3M Cubitron II Fibre and Flap Disc Video
    Metal Finishing Surface Prep Blending using 3M Abrasives
    See the first steps in prepping a metal surface for finishing. First, use a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc to grind out the weld, followed by a Scotch-Brite™ Light Grinding and Blending Disc. Finish with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Flap Disc for a final fast cut.
  • Surface Conditioning with Scotch Brite Clean and Strip Disc Video
    Rust Paint Coating Removal Using Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip Disc

    The Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip disc is a fast, long-lasting surface conditioning disc that leaves a clean surface without cutting into the base material. Plus, see its smear-resistant properties, spring-loaded non-woven fibers and open construction.

  • 2 Step Paint Prep with 3M Cubitron II LGB Disc Video
    2-Step Paint Prep – 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc and Scotch-Brite™ LGB Disc

    Prep a metal workpiece for paint in two easy steps. First you’ll level the weld with 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Discs, and then refine and blend the workpiece with Scotch-Brite™ Light Grinding and Blending Discs to leave a smooth, paintable finish.

  • Due to its flexibility and surface life, the Scotch-Brite™ Radial Bristle Brush is the ideal solution for robotic weld spatter removal in automotive applications. Watch how this disc is used in a robotic cell to efficiently remove weld spatter and discoloration.


Find the Right Abrasive Product for Your Surface Preparation Application

Use the drop-down fields below to help identify the appropriate product solution for your application needs.

Sparks flying from surface preparation metal
Sparks flying from surface preparation metal

Connect with an Abrasive Expert to Learn More About Our Surface Preparation Solutions

Surface preparation can be a difficult process. You have to keep finishing standards in mind while choosing the right abrasive product for the job. That’s where 3M abrasive specialists come in. We have experts available to guide you through the entire process, from selecting the ideal abrasive to helping ensure success in scratch refinement, paint, coating and rust removal, scale removal and more.

If you would like to speak to us about product and technical support questions, please call 1-800-425-3030

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