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3M Auctioning Off Hoods

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Oct. 30, 2017—3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, are auctioning off custom-painted hoods designed by leading painters from around the world to benefit the 3M Hire Our Heroes program. The auction began Oct. 27 and will run through the SEMA show in Las Vegas, which concludes Nov. 3. Bids on the hoods may be placed at the 3M PPS Hood Auction Site.

The hoods were created during the 2017 3M PPS World Cup, held in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit this summer.  3M invited leading automotive painters from around the world to come to Detroit and participate.  They demonstrated their painting skills with the latest 3M solutions for vehicle painting, including the 3M™ PPS™ Series 2.0 Spray Cup System.  The painters designed and painted the hoods to reflect their perspective on classic car culture.

These hoods will all be auctioned to benefit the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which since 2013 has raised more than $825,000 for scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants, and many have graduated from school and are working in the collision repair industry.

Hoods available for auction were created by the following painters:

  • Pablo Prado, KandynChrome, USA
  • Jacob Miles, Milestone Paint & Body, USA
  • Connie Manjavinos, PassionateInk, USA
  • Clay Hoberecht, Best Body Shop, USA
  • Danny Schramm, SchrammWerk, Germany
  • Christian Wilke, Lackabilly, Germany
  • Carmine De Maria, C.A.D. Custom, Australia
  • Shane Wanjon, Exclusive Image Paint and Body, USA
  • Ryan “Ryno” Templeton, Blasted by Ryno, USA

The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit 

The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families.

To bid, visit 3M PPS Hood Auction Site and register to participate. 

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