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SEMA 2017; 3M Newest Innovation in Painting

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ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, part of 3M, has once again reinvented the vehicle painting process with the launch of its newest painting innovation – the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System.

The 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System dramatically improves the painting process with a revolutionary new spray cup design that delivers advanced performance, efficiency and cleanliness.

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The 3M™ PPS™ Disposable Paint Cup System was developed in 1996 in England by 3M engineer Steve Joseph, reinventing how painters in the collision repair industry managed the paint process. And in doing so, reduced solvent use by up to 70 percent and decreased prep time by up to 50 percent. It quickly became the standard for painters around the world.

Now, 3M AAD is turning the painting process on its head with a new spray cup design that eliminates the collar, adds a quarter-turn lid locking system and incorporates new features to make painting easier and more efficient.

“We work closely with painters and 3M technical experts to identify ways to improve the painting process, and the new 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System is a prime example of that commitment to innovation,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We have already received tremendous feedback on how the 3M PPS 2.0 makes painters’ work easier and more efficient, and delivers higher-quality paint jobs with reduced need for rework or call-backs.”

Product Advancements That Provide Improved Performance

The 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System features six key new improvements for enhanced performance, including:

  1. Wide Spout Adapter with Four-Point Connection. Maximizes stability while spraying and provides for easier cleaning.
  2. Quarter-Turn Lid Locking System. Comes with every lid. Stays cleaner. Locks faster. Fewer parts to keep track of.
  3. Domed Lid with Full-Diameter Filter. More paint below the filter improves flow and consistency, while reducing spitting from start to finish.
  4. New Cup in Every Lid & Liner Kit. Start clean more often and eliminate paint build-up on the cup. On-cup ratios and max fill markings eliminate outside mixing cups.
  5. Access Window. Allows you to hold the liner for cleaner, easier lid removal when refilling or tinting. Easier to check paint levels.
  6. Larger Cup Sealing Plug. Allows you to seal and protect coatings upside down with greater stability when not in use. Use fewer lids by keeping filters wet.

The elimination of the separate collar with the quarter-turn lid locking system improves the cleanliness in the painting process and eliminates potential sources of contamination due to equipment cleaning or maintenance. The easy assembly and refilling process improves the efficiency for high-production painters, while the wider adapter allows them to use a larger cup for consistent, efficient batch painting.

The new 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System is available in the fall of 2017 through local 3M distributors. For more information download the new 3M Collision Repair App in the Apple Store or visit Track the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System at #3MPPS.

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3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Keeps the World on the Move

3M automotive products keep the world on the move, with innovative solutions for building, repairing and maintaining vehicles. From the collision repair professional to the individual vehicle enthusiast, people around the world trust 3M products to protect, repair and keep their vehicles looking showroom new. And our commitment to this industry extends beyond product performance to a careful stewardship of the world’s resources and environment. Serving the needs of our customers has made 3M a trusted leader in vehicle care and repair, and we are dedicated to earning that trust each and every day.

For more information, contact 1-877-MMM-CARS, contact your local 3M Distributor or 3M Sales Representative or visit the website at Follow 3M AAD on Facebook at and on twitter @3M_Collision and Instagram @3MCollision.

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