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Disc Selection & Comparison Guide

Choosing the Right 3M Disc for the Job

3M offers a wide range of excellent discs, but choosing the right one for the job isn't always easy. The Disc Selection Guide table below shows comparisons of discs based on job, and offers suggestions for baseline, greater wear resistance or increased loading resistance. If you want to compare performance from one type of disc to another across multiple jobs, you can use the Performance Comparison chart at the bottom of the page. And if you've still got questions, you can call our knowledgebale staff using the number at the top of the page.

Disc Selection Guide

Coating Removal Cleaning Finishing Deburring Blending/Light Grinding
Increased Loading Resistance Bristle, HS Bristle, HS, C&F PD, HS, C&F SC SC, PD
Starting Point C&S PD SC SE SL
Increased Wear Resistance C&S XT SC SL LGB LGB
Legend
PD PD Surface Conditioning
LGB Light Grinding & Blending
SC SC Surface Conditioning
SE SE Surface Conditioning
SL SL Surface Conditioning
HS High Strength Discs
C&F Clean & Finish
C&S Clean & Strip
C&S XT Clean & Strip XT

Performance Comparison

Polishing
Finishing
Blending
Light Grinding
PD
A-MED
PD
A-CRS
SC
S-SFN
SC
S-VFN
SC
A-MED
SC
A-CRS
SL
A-MED
SL
A-CRS
SL HD
A-CRS
SL SD
A-CRS
SE
A-FIN
SE
A-MED
SE
A-CRS
LGB
HD-CRS
LGB
SD-CRS
Comfortable and Resists Loading
Finer Finish and Less Aggressive
Stiffer and More Durable
Coarser Finish and More Aggressive
Finer Finish and Less Aggressive
Comfortable and Resists Loading
Coarser Finish and More Aggressive
Stiffer and More Durable
Soft or Oily Metals
(i.e. Aluminum)
Mild Steel
(i.e. Carbon Steel)
Harder Metals
(i.e. Stainless Steel)
Works Well on
Most Substrates