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Getting the most from One-Step -
5 min read Wednesday 03 June 2020

Getting the most from One-Step


Our One-Step compound is a game-changer, there's no denying that, but it does require you to adapt to a polishing technique that's unique to this type of product. Here are some handy tips on how to get maximum results from our One-Step compound.


Pad choice is critical when trying to maximise results from One-Step - too hard, and you won't be able to finish down, leaving behind "hazing' or "scouring' that will require further refining. Too soft and you'll struggle to fully break down the diminishing abrasive particles, leading to the same results.

So, where do you go? Right in the middle. We recommend using a medium polishing pad, like our Revitalise No:2 Pad. This is the perfect partner for One-Step and the exact foam the compound has been engineered to work in conjunction with. One-Step was designed and extensively developed for use with a DA (Dual Action polisher), while you can achieve good results using One-Step with a rotary polisher, the compound comes into its own with a DA.


Start, as always, by priming your pad. 2 spritzes of a dedicated pad prime, or quick detailer, is enough. Then, for the first set, apply 4 small pea-size blobs of One-Step directly to the pad. Only 2 pea-size blobs of polish are required for subsequent sets around the car. Working an area approximately 40cm x 40cm, place the polisher down on the surface before starting at speed 1-2. Immediately move the pad across the work area in one quick pass to spread the polish out over the area to be treated. After this initial "spread pass' step, up the speed to 4-5 and work in slow overlapping passes with light/medium downward pressure on the head of the machine (it's difficult at this point to explain how much pressure you should apply, not a lot - just enough to keep the pad in flat contact with the surface). Now proceed for approx 5 min per section, working the One-Step compound through until it turns clear, at this point bring the speed down to approx 2-3 and perform a further 2-3 passes with slow overlapping passes to finish down.

The way One-Step compound works is by utilising abrasives that cover a wider range of cut. This means that they start off as a cutting stage compound particle and, as they are worked, they fracture into smaller and smaller particle sizes, working down through the compounding stages at the same time. This is why our advice is to work "longer sets' with a compound of this nature, to ensure that you not only attain the maximum available cut level, but that the polish is worked all the way through its refining cycle, too.


This prolonged exaggerated pass, with slower speed method, will ensure that you not only harness all of the available "bite' from One-Step but that you also achieve the clearest refinement possible.



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