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London-based AB Fine Art casts artists’ designs in a variety of metals and alloys, primarily bronze and stainless steel, and finishes them using abrasive products from 3M.

Supplied through 3M distributor Elmdale Welding Supplies, products used by the specialist finishing team at AB Fine Art include the 3M Fibre Disc 985C for applications such as weld grinding and stock removal and Scotch-Brite Clean and Strip XT Purple Discs for pre- and post-weld cleaning and for the removal of rust and other coatings.

3M Hookit Discs 245 are used for initial and intermediate sanding, while the company’s Roloc Quick Release System – which enables the rapid changeover of coated abrasive discs, Scotch-Brite discs, wheels and flap brushes – provides a complete, portable solution.

It is vital to ensure that the time with which the abrasive is in contact with the metal surface is minimised, as some metals can irretrievably discolour if exposed to excessive heat, especially over a prolonged period.

3M Fibre Discs 985C feature a grinding aid that reduces heat build-up to give a cooler cut and also use 3M Cubitron Abrasive Grain, which sharpens as it wears for more rapid and consistent cutting, as well as for a longer service life.

Among the most recent pieces produced by AB Fine Art and finished with 3M products was a 3.5m-high bronze sculpture, weighing around 2.5 tonnes, designed by Marc Quinn.

AB Fine Art produced a silicon rubber mould from which the sculpture was cast and then finished, with abrasive treatment taking place over many hundreds of hours to create a finish suitable for painting.

Not all of the items produced are painted, however, and the 3M abrasive products are frequently required to deliver a particular cosmetic finish to the specifications of the individual artist.

Here, the 3M range allows the generation of an extensive range of finishes.

Jerry Hughes, foundry manager at AB Fine Art, said: ‘We are frequently dealing with very high-value, individual pieces and by the time we reach the abrasive stage, significant time and money have already been invested into each casting.

‘We simply cannot afford, therefore, to take risks using abrasive products that are inconsistent in performance or may damage the product through excess heat, for example,’ he added.

3M abrasive products used to finish art designs

London-based AB Fine Art casts artists’ designs in a variety of metals and alloys, primarily bronze and stainless steel, and finishes them using abrasive products from 3M.

Supplied through 3M distributor Elmdale Welding Supplies, products used by the specialist finishing team at AB Fine Art include the 3M Fibre Disc 985C for applications such as weld grinding and stock removal and Scotch-Brite Clean and Strip XT Purple Discs for pre- and post-weld cleaning and for the removal of rust and other coatings.

3M Hookit Discs 245 are used for initial and intermediate sanding, while the company’s Roloc Quick Release System – which enables the rapid changeover of coated abrasive discs, Scotch-Brite discs, wheels and flap brushes – provides a complete, portable solution.

It is vital to ensure that the time with which the abrasive is in contact with the metal surface is minimised, as some metals can irretrievably discolour if exposed to excessive heat, especially over a prolonged period.

3M Fibre Discs 985C feature a grinding aid that reduces heat build-up to give a cooler cut and also use 3M Cubitron Abrasive Grain, which sharpens as it wears for more rapid and consistent cutting, as well as for a longer service life.

Among the most recent pieces produced by AB Fine Art and finished with 3M products was a 3.5m-high bronze sculpture, weighing around 2.5 tonnes, designed by Marc Quinn.

AB Fine Art produced a silicon rubber mould from which the sculpture was cast and then finished, with abrasive treatment taking place over many hundreds of hours to create a finish suitable for painting.

Not all of the items produced are painted, however, and the 3M abrasive products are frequently required to deliver a particular cosmetic finish to the specifications of the individual artist.

Here, the 3M range allows the generation of an extensive range of finishes.

Jerry Hughes, foundry manager at AB Fine Art, said: ‘We are frequently dealing with very high-value, individual pieces and by the time we reach the abrasive stage, significant time and money have already been invested into each casting.

‘We simply cannot afford, therefore, to take risks using abrasive products that are inconsistent in performance or may damage the product through excess heat, for example,’ he added.

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