Metal 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 offers a wide selection of discs, belts, wheels and hand pads designed to make quick work of paint removal, rust removal, scratch refinement and other surface preparation tasks. Whether your next step is painting or adding an aesthetic finish, 3M abrasives are an ideal choice.

Surface Preparation
Surface Preparation

Durable, flexible nonwoven abrasives to remove paint, coatings, rust and weld discoloration and leave a smooth, consistent, paintable finish.

Abrasive solutions for metal surface preparation.

View all abrasives for surface preparation
  • See the full selection of 3M abrasive discs for metal surface preparation.

  • Browse our convolute and unitized wheels for surface preparation.

  • Find the right abrasive belt for your surface prep application.

  • Explore hand pads for scuffing, cleaning, blending and more.

Solution Spotlight | Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro

See the time-saving power of the new Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro disc. With fast-cutting silicon carbide mineral embedded in a nonwoven web, it makes quick work of surface prep tasks like paint removal and rust removal. Use the slider on the images below, then request a sample to try it for yourself.


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painted metal panel metal panel with paint removed after using Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro

Paint removed with Scotch-Brite™ Clean and Strip XT Pro.

After 15 seconds, a layer of black paint is completely removed from the aluminum sheet. What’s left behind is a clean surface ready for the next step.

painted metal panel metal panel showing an excess of left behind paint after using wire cup brush

Paint removed with a knotted wire cup brush.

After 15 seconds with a knotted wire cup brush, large areas of black paint remain on the aluminum.

Watch 3M surface prep solutions in action.

  • image of person standing at a workbench
    Removing Rust from Metal
  • image of screenshot from video showing a person inspecting a part
    Scotch-Brite™ Hand Pad 7447 PRO Demo
  • 2-Step Paint Prep using a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc and a Scotch-Brite™ LGB Disc
    Prepping Metal for Paint

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