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3M Standard Operating Procedures have been expanded and improved to include the most up-to-date information on processes and techniques. We've addressed the growing area of aluminum repair with 21 new process charts.

We've also updated all of our existing Process Charts. You'll notice the video updates are not in place yet. We are confident the steps detailed in those videos remain accurate and informative. The updated process charts include the latest 3M products and techniques.

From metal and plastic repair, to sanding, paint finishing and car clean-up, 3M has the products and repair processes for you. Feel confident your repair is done professionally and efficiently using the methods detailing in the training below.

Some of our SOPs are also available as video lessons are in two formats: A link to streaming video from You Tube, and a link to Learn 3M for those people who want to use this training in a more formal way. With Learn 3M you'll have the option of taking a brief quiz at the end of each course, and you can print certificates showing you've successfully completed the lesson. Each lesson also includes a reference chart.

These modules will help you consistently produce quality time-proven solutions for any of your collision repair needs.

Download: Full Standard Operating Procedure guide (6.7 megabytes PDF)


Glass Replacement SOP


Windshield Removal and Installation


Stationary Auto Glass Removal and Installation

Body Department SOP

Body Repair

Welding and Spark Protection


Metal Working


Part Replacement


Panel Bonding (Excluding Door Skin)


Weld Bonding (Excluding Door Skin)


Weld Sealing


Door Skin Removal


Door Skin Replacement


Express Damage Repair


Small Damage Repair


Large Damage Repair



Aluminum Frequently Asked Questions


Aluminum Repair Matrix


Rivet Bonding

Sealing and Coating

Sealer Coating Removal


General Seam Sealer Application: DTM


General Seam Sealer Application: Non-DTM


Corrosion Protection (Cavity Wax)


Corrosion Protection (Undercoating)


LASD Replacement (On Body)


Pre-Made LASD Replacement (Off Body)

Plastic Repair Procedures

Plastic Tab Repair


Cosmetic Flexible Bumper Repair


Flexible Patch Non-Structural Bumper Repair


Two-Sided Bumper Repair

          Paint SOP



General Masking


Jamb Masking


Mask Openings


Primer Masking


Paint Prep

Refinish Bumper Prep


New Primed Bumper Prep


E-Coat Panel Prep




Feather-Prime-Block Waterborne


Blend Panel Sanding Process


Paint Shop

Anti-Chip Coating


Base-Coat Denibbing


3M™ PPS™ Paint Preparation System

Paint SOP


Paint Finish Denibbing Process!


No Compound Paint Finish Small Area Process


Paint Finish Full Panel Process


Headlight Lens Restoration Process


Vehicle Clean-Up Process


Scotchgard Chemicals

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