The company that brought us Post-it Notes and ScotchGard has taken its knowledge of abrasives, adhesives and films and developed a line of car care products that lets even those of us with no automotive skills tackle car repair projects with confidence. Each 3M Auto kit costs significantly less than taking your car to the repair shop, includes step-by-step instructions and can be done in your driveway. Here are some of our favorites:
This one-component windshield repair system will minimize the appearance of existing windshield damage and prevent it from further cracking. The 3M Windshield repair kit is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of small bull's-eyes, spiderweb cracks and star damage.
If you'd prefer not to replace an entire broken taillight, signal light or other damaged automotive lens, this kit delivers a semi-permanent solution. Simply cut out a “patch” of flexible film (red, amber or clear), peel off the adhesive backing, and stick it on the light, creating an immediate weatherproof and airtight seal. (If you can apply a sticker or label, you can ace this repair!)
Chances are you've either seen or taken on an indoor spackling and drywall project yourself. Pretty straightforward, right? Guess what. Repairing your car with Bondo Body Filler is basically the same process. Afraid to spackle your car? Don't be. Bondo's 4-step body repair process (prepare, repair, fill and finish) was specifically designed to eliminate the fear factor – and high costs – so you can take on auto bodywork like a pro.
Each kit includes step-by-step instructions and all the products you need to sand, buff and polish out minor scratches. Kits come in two versions: one that requires a standard household drill to mount sanding and buffing pads, and a “no tools” version for those of us who don't want to get anywhere near our car's paint with a power tool.
Want to protect your car from paint chips and scratches? Try 3M Paint Defender Spray Film. It sprays on, then dries to a protective film, giving your car instant protection from rocks, bugs, road debris and more.
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