Little info sent to me from 3M

Discussion in 'Car Detailing Product Discussion' started by Al-53, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Al-53

    Al-53 Welcome to Detailing

    Thank you for contacting 3M. We appreciate your interest in our products.

    There is no difference between the Ultrafina Polish sold in Europe vs. the
    Ultrafina we sell here. It is directly imported from our manufacturing
    site here in the USA, The products are identical.

    Regarding the pads, they are basically the same (meaning they are
    manufactured to the same specification). The difference is the country of
    origin for the foam. The USA version has foam that is made in America, the
    European version is manufactured with foam made in Europe, It is slightly
    darker in color - that is the main difference. It would not make sense to
    ship foam across the ocean.

    Thanks for the inquiry.

    Steven J. Tarnowski
    AAD Technical Service
    3M Automotive Aftermarket Division
    3M Automotive Aftermarket US car cars auto autos automobile automobiles automotive care product products perfect trizact duramix detail detailing protect protects protection stripe striping clean cleans cleaning repair repairs repairing fix fixes fix

    this is what I was told before also when I called and talked to a Tech advisor...

    so to clear the air they are the same...just cheaper here is all...

  2. GBS

    GBS Wax on..Wax off

    Good Info AL, definitely go with the Made in USA.
  3. Deep Gloss Auto Salon

    Deep Gloss Auto Salon DB Pro Supporter

    I have suspected this all along.. same story is true with the UK vs USA Menzerna variants

    Thanks for confirming this and passing along
  4. Dandrop

    Dandrop Any Rag Vehicle Washer

    Hi Al,
    Thanks for sharing your findings. I thought there were VOC compliancy differences, but apparently not.

    Did they say anything about producing 6 inch UF pads in the US?
  5. Al-53

    Al-53 Welcome to Detailing

    When I talked on the phone with them on 2 things..the foam backing plate and the pads also...

    the foam backing plate is in review by marketing to see whether its a profitable product here...also they are considering a 6 in pad market..if the pads come into play then the plate will also...

    remember that they are sales geared to body shops and not detailers per say...but they seen a possible market for the products named in the future...they must read the forums as it was stated the pads may come out for the Flex..and is so a plate for the rotary will follow if market is good

  6. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

    But Al, it's so much cooler when you're using the UK-imported 3M! You can use that as an upsell when quoting a customer!!!
  7. Divine Detail

    Divine Detail DB Pro Supporter

    Hmm that's interesting, I believe carlos experianced the pads being different with 3M. Maybe he'll chime in with more info, i could be totally thinking of something else.
  8. joep

    joep Welcome to Detailing

    after seeing a few threads with the mention of 3Ms blue UF pad (uK) ..i googled the pad here in the US and the two pads seem to be identical..

    AL..thanks for taking the time to post the informatiom..
  9. jsatek

    jsatek Birth of a Detailer

    I haven't seen the blue 3M pads at the auto body supply store yet. Other than that, I wouldn't doubt its the same.
  10. Al-53

    Al-53 Welcome to Detailing

    the color is a bit lighter on the US pads....the UK ones are the same color as the trizact pads...

  11. joep

    joep Welcome to Detailing

    the darker pad is the trizact pad you mention 3m list the 2 pads on their US site as well


  12. Pats300zx

    Pats300zx Official DB Moderator

    Great info Al. Thanks for digging that up.
  13. zoomzoom mazda5

    zoomzoom mazda5 Wax on..Wax off

    Great info Al, thanks for posting it.:thumb:
  14. FMINUS

    FMINUS DB Pro Supporter

    Thats interesting, I have heard that the lubrication used is different due to VOC compliance.
  15. devast8

    devast8 New Member

    thanks for the info Al
  16. Cooter

    Cooter Guest

    Man, I'm so glad I got some of each!!!!!! insert sarcasm here!
  17. Nica

    Nica Banned

    Very interesting info Al...:thinking: :thinking: but maybe it's just me and my wacky ideas but it just seems to feel different when you use the UK version vs the US version...hmmm..maybe it's just me :crasy:

    Even the pads have way different bite to them, they both feel soft but the UK version really has a superior bite to the blue polishing pad the US/Canada 3M offers...mmmm..this is very interesting.

    But yes your right, 3M is completely geared up towards body it's incredable how well 3M has promoted there products in body shops, very impresive indeed...but hopefully us detailers will get enough attention from 3M to start brining the same UK products to US/Canada.

    Thanks for sharing that info with us Al, very interesting indeed :peace:
  18. detailersdomain

    detailersdomain Administrator

    interesting info indeed.
  19. JLs Detailing

    JLs Detailing DB Pro Supporter

    Thanks for the info Al really appreciate you getting to the bottom of this.
  20. DieselMDX

    DieselMDX Obsessive Detailer

    wow looks like I will be trying 3m shortly then

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