Today’s best body shops understand that the business isn’t just about brawn—it’s also about brains. Complex modern repairs require well-trained technicians who combine OEM, supplier and industry best practices into a plan that protects the customer and the shop. 

Top shops pick their materials from suppliers just as carefully as they choose their technicians—an ideal mix of products, support and compatibility. 

3M is more often referenced in OEM repair procedures for panel bonding and impact-resistant structural adhesives than any other adhesive supplier—the perfect reason to keep 3M supplies on the shop shelves. 

“3M is highly effective at working with the OEMs (to specify) which products should be used by repair facilities,” says Ian Shaw, U.S. Product Marketer in the Automotive Aftermarket Division at 3M. 

“As an aftermarket manufacturer, 3M can provide the breadth of the line—including undercoating, cavity wax, seam sealers, plastic repair products, and more—for a total collision repair solution,” says Shaw, adding, “A body shop wouldn’t use three different paint manufacturers’ products; we can provide a comprehensive solution to the challenging repair specificities of today’s vehicles.”

Shaw stresses that a universal adhesive solution does not exist, and that repairers should always check the manufacturer’s instructions for approved adhesives. Following the OEM instructions helps ensure safety, mitigate risk, simplify the process and will allow your shop to be properly reimbursed for safe and responsible repairs.


Twenty years ago, vehicles left the manufacturer with maybe just a few pounds of adhesive on them; today, that number has skyrocketed, and it’s not uncommon for a new car to have more than 40 pounds of adhesives in it. Both panel bond and impact-resistant structural adhesives from 3M are highly recommended by OEMs, provide corrosion protection with a lifetime warranty, can be STRSW weld- or rivet-bonded within working time, adhere to properly prepared composite substrates and have excellent shelf life. 

3M has a refined and recognized quality control process, ensuring that each of its products is ready to use in controlled shop settings. 3M™ Panel Bond Adhesives and Impact-Resistant Structural Adhesive are designed to meet specific strength requirements of the areas of the vehicle most susceptible to significant collision damage such as the front upper and lower rails, rocker panels, wheel openings and more, and are designed to meet specific strength requirements for parts such as frame rails, strut towers, rocker panels, pillars and other members where impact resistance is important.

Depending on the manufacturer and repair application, OEMs could call out one of three structural adhesive options. Not all are created equal, and they will perform differently. 

3M empowers technicians to tackle a breadth of repair challenges as the industry’s most often recommended source of adhesives for these repairs. 

Click here to learn more about 3M solutions for OEM repair procedures.

Click here to learn more about 3M Panel Bond Adhesives. 

Click here to learn more about 3M Impact-Resistant Structural Adhesives.


“Most of the time the OEM information and supplier’s information can, and should, be used in conjunction with one another. For instance, Honda will tell you in the body repair manual where to apply 3M’s 8115 Panel Bonding adhesive but we will also tell you to follow the product manufacturer’s recommendations for application. Where shops get in trouble is when they assume that a supplier’s information applies to any particular make or model vehicle. I would always defer to the manufacturer to say if and when to use a product and then to the supplier of that product to determine the best practice for application.”

Scott Kaboos, National Assistant Manager, Collision Repair Training & Technology, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.