One Step 250ml
- Product Type:
- All-in-one Compound
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The ultimate one step cutting compound with the cut level of a medium/coarse compound that finishes down to a near perfect finish. Developed specifically for use by dual action polisher, the one-step compound enables you to restore paintwork and remove swirls in one easy step.
One Step works by utilising active diminishing abrasives to cover a wider range of cut than a traditional compound. These abrasives are designed to break down as you work them through, starting as coarse/medium cutting particles and fracturing into smaller and smaller refining particles. This enables One Step to cycle through all the stages of compound cutting, polishing and refining without the need to change products (or pads) along the way. A real game changer for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Ensure that any exterior surface being polished is clean, dry and free of contaminants. We recommend carrying out the wash stages thoroughly and safely to ensure that no further defects or swirl marks (that will require extra polishing) are inflicted. On soiled vehicles always carry out an effective pre-wash using a suitable pre-cleaner, such as Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or Dynamite Traffic Film Remover, followed by Avalanche Snow Foam and a two-bucket wash using Lather Car Shampoo. For the best results the paintwork should also be thoroughly decontaminated using a 3-stage decon process, using Iron Out Contaminant Remover to purge surfaces of sharp metal particles, ObliTARate Tar and Glue Remover to eradicate sticky residues and a Clay Bar with Glide Clay Lube to remove bonded organic and inorganic contaminants such as protein deposits from bird droppings, environmental fallout and mineral deposits. When machine polishing, mask up any areas, like window rubbers, badges and sharp edges that may come into contact with your pad.
Lubricate a medium foam Revitalise No:2 Pad with a spritz of Pad Prime, we opt for a medium foam pad with One Step because it will be hard enough to provide sufficient cut, but soft enough to finish down effectively. Lubricating the surface before application of the compound is especially important for the first use of brand new pads, this will prevent any unwanted surface scrubbing. Apply 3-4 pea sized drops of One-Step to the Pad, this is enough for the optimum working area of 24x24 inches.
With the machine set at the lowest speed, quickly spread the compound over the working area, this will ensure even coverage and help prevent having more compound working on a smaller area. Always start and stop your polisher while in contact with the panel to prevent slinging.
Ramp the speed up to a medium/fast setting (around 4-5 on a DPX or MPX Dual Action Polisher) and work the compound into the panel. It’s best to use light pressure and a crosshatch motion here, snaking down the panel from left to right, and then right to left in overlapping passes. Keep you machine polisher moving at all times, around 2-3cm of movement per second is about right. Work the product for around 5-minutes, until the residue starts to turn clear.
Remove your machine polisher from the panel, and clean the pad using a pad brush or compressed air. Then return to the panel – without applying more product – and make two more passes at a medium-low speed (2-3 on a DPX or MPX Dual Action Polisher). This is to ensure that the compound is fully worked through.
Buff away the residue with a fresh microfibre work cloth to reveal the true finish. At this point we recommend checking with a light source, such as our Swirl Spotter Detailing Light, which is especially useful when polishing indoors. Repeat the process if necessary, and move on to the next area when you’ve achieved the desired result.
Do you have to use a machine polisher with One Step All-in-One Compound?
One Step All-in-One Compound has been specifically developed for use with a dual action polisher - such as our MPX and DPX machines – because it’s a compound that has to be fully worked through, breaking down the abrasives all the way from coarse particles (for heavy cutting) to fine particles (to refine down to a near-flawless finish. Like all machine polishing compounds and car polishes it is technically possible to do this by hand, but it will take significantly longer, and it’s more difficult to get the most consistent results. Machine polishers don’t get tired, and aren’t tempted to cut corners, they also apply the same mechanical action on each panel for the best constancy, which is particularly important on large flat panels. For the best results the compound relies on the heat and pressure from the polisher to break down effectively. In some cases, if you’re finding that the One Step residue is a little difficult to buff away, it’s likely that the product hasn’t been worked through all the way. All this said, for intricate areas where your machine polisher may be a little too big to reach, wing mirrors, doorshuts and other awkward parts of the vehicle, One Step can be used to hand polish with a Handi Puck and a suitable Revitalise Spot Pad. For more on how to use One Step effectively, see out article – Slaying Swirls For The Summer Season.
Will One Step All-in-One Compound add protection like Tripple All-in-One Polish?
No. One Step has been developed to leave the true finish and doesn’t contain any glazes or waxes. Like any ‘all-in-one’ product, it’s denoted as such because it has characteristics that take it far beyond what you’d expect from a traditional product. In this case the increased range of cut over a more typical paint correction compound – One Step’s ability to transform itself from a course cutting compound to a fine refining polish as it’s worked through. Unlike Tripple All-in-One Polish, which has been specifically developed with fine cut abrasives but also uses deep cleansing agents, glazes and an infusion of carnauba wax to clean polish and protect in a single application, One Step is able to cut away heavier swirling and leaves only the bare refined surface. In this way it creates the perfect top layer for the application of protection, including silica-based (Si02) ceramic coatings – like the coating in our Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit, which must be allowed to chemically bond and shouldn’t be blocked by a wax layer – along with more traditional sealants and hard waxes. So, while both products are called all-in-ones, it’s for very different reasons. For more on these car polishing products, you can check out our article – Everything You Need To Know About Tripple and One Step.
How much of my paint will I take away with a DA Polisher?
This will always depend on the aggressiveness of the ‘combo’ - the combination of pad and compound/polish – you use with your DPX or MPX machine. This is because a combo with more cut will take away more of the top layer to level it down to the bottom of the deepest defect, essentially making the defect disappear. As a general rule of thumb though, a heavy cutting combo will take away approximately 5-6 microns and a fine refining polish around 1-2 microns of the top layer of paint or lacquer. To put this into context a human hair is around 70 microns thick, and average two stage OEM paintwork around 100-140 microns thick, including a clearcoat layer (the bit you’re polishing away) of around 45-70 microns. Single stage paintwork (topcoat without lacquer) is a little thinner and often softer, but again you’re only taking away a tiny amount when polishing a panel. On the vast majority of cars there will be plenty of clearcoat to polish, strike through - or burning through the top layer - only really happens due to poor techniques, or on older vehicles which have been repeatedly machine polished over the course of decades. Although the key is only to polish when your vehicle really needs it for enhancement or defect removal, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be polishing through your paintwork. As for what combo to use for different types of defects including the dreaded swirl marks? Well, we’ve made that straightforward by developing our range of colour-coded compounds and pads specifically for use with our dual action polishers. These include our Revitalise System V2, (with all machine polishing compounds and pads available separately), and One Step All-in-One Compound. For more on those, and all the essential information about how polishes and compounds work, see our guide – All Car Polishes Explained.