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Faster, Smarter Spraying: An up-close look at 3M’s new Performance Spray Gun 

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket division unleashed its latest product innovation last month, shaking up the spraying standard for the collision repair industry.

In development for more than ten years, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Application Development Specialist Bill Suzuki says the new 3M Performance Spray Gun holds the power to improve not only a painter’s life but a business’s operations. 

“We’ve significantly improved how we spray,” Suzuki told Collision Repair mag.

The new 3M Performance Spray gun is said to excel especially where time is concerned⁠—and, in the bodyshop, time is money.

“Using the Performance Spray Gun, cycle time⁠—both with cleaning and changeover⁠—can really be enhanced to take on more throughput. The ability to spray multiple materials in a given booth cycle and change coatings simply by wiping the needle clean is a game-changer for painters.”

The company also touts 78 percent transfer efficiency at HVLP settings with the new tool.

Designed with automotive refinishing topcoats in mind, 3M also offers a variety of atomizing heads for the Performance Spray Gun, ranging from 1.2 mm to 2 mm. 

“There’s an attachment for nearly every coating in the bodyshop,” said Suzuki. “Soon we’ll have attachments to spray thicker coatings⁠—that’s a next phase launch, but keep an eye out for that.”

Even still, Suzuki says most of the feedback he’s received has been on the spray gun’s impressive lightweight feel, which is said to be up to 50 percent lighter than other industry sprayers.

“We’ve heard a lot of surprise from our customers using the Performance Spray gun for the first time,” he said. “Metal spray guns have been prevalent forever; coming in with a composite gun shakes up the industry a bit. But we are ready to open people’s minds.”

Customers can request a demo of the 3M Performance Spray Gun at 3M.ca/CollisionSprayGun.

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