One Step 500ml
- Paint Correction
- Product Type:
- All-in-one Compound
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Developed by detailers for detailers as the ultimate single-stage paint correction product, One Step All-in-One Compound is a speedy detailing game-changer that offers the easy way to remove heavy swirl marks and other harsh defects, and finish down to a near flawless finish, in one simple step.
Specifically formulated for use with machine polishers, this next-generation compound allows you to carry out every paint correction stage from coarse cutting and restoration to polishing and fine refinement, without the need for multiple polishing sets using progressively finer compounds and machine polishing pads.
Compounds and polishes use abrasives to remove a minuscule layer from the top of your paintwork to eradicate surface defects. Instead of direct removal - which is impossible - these sharp, abrasive particles cut away at the whole surface being polished with the goal of reaching the bottom of the deepest defect. Essentially this makes the blemishes - whether they’re a scratches, etching or swirl marks - disappear. The objective is to create a smooth, level surface eliminating any defects that reflect natural light in different directions. This process allows the light to bounce back to your eye more uniformly, levelling the optical finish and making the surface appear deeper, glossier and more refined. Regardless of application on modern 2-stage paintwork with a lacquer layer or classic, or vintage single stage paintwork where the surface is a colour topcoat, this is the essence of all paint correction processes. For more on the science of polishes, compounds and all-in-ones, and how they can push your paintwork to the next level of detailed perfection, see our full guide – All Car Polishes Explained.
One Step is denoted as an ‘all-in-one’ because of the advanced characteristics that take it far beyond that of a conventional compound. With this unique formula it refers the ultra-high range of cut that allows this advanced formula to start off as a heavy-hitting, coarse cutting compound and transform to fine refining compound as you work it through with your machine polisher. The secret to its special abilities is all in the cutting-edge, diminishing abrasives.
All polishing products have a specific range of cut. Traditional compounds begin with large cutting particles, and these get slightly smaller and more rounded-off as they're broken down, offering a relatively narrow range of cut. When using a conventional coarse compound to cut away defects you will always leave behind a surface with micro scratches that will be in need of refinement to create a flawless finish. This is why traditional polishing methods require multiple stages utilising finer and finer compounds and softer and softer polishing pads.
One Step however is packed with special diminishing abrasives that have been engineered to cover every stage, allowing the formula to cycle through all levels of cutting, polishing and refining in as single step. These abrasives are large, coarse particles for heavy cutting at the beginning of your set, but rather than merely rounding off, they've been engineered to break up into smaller sharp particles as you work them through, getting progressively finer and continuing to cut and refine until the paint surface is perfectly smooth. In this way One Step is able to evolve from coarse compound to a fine refining compound, offering a huge range of cut, and making it a true kitbag essential for enthusiasts and professionals looking to correct paintwork in a matter of hours, rather than days. To see how you can enhance your paintwork in under a day, check out our article - Slaying Swirl Marks.
One Step is also designed to give a true finish and contains no waxes, glossing agents or fillers, making it suitable for paint correction prior to applying any type of protection layer, including silica (Si02) -based ceramic coatings, such as our 12-month durable Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit.
This product is suitable for use on all gloss paint types, clearcoat and gloss plastic finishes, and can even be utilised to restore lacquered or gelcoat finish carbon fibre parts. For more on this process in particular see our guide - How To Restore And Protect Carbon Fibre.
One Step All-in-One Compound is supplied ready-to-use in 250ml and 500ml bottles and is ideal for application with our Pro Polish Bottle and range of dual action polishers. For best results we recommend utilising our medium-soft foam Revitalise No:2 Polishing Pad in conjunction with our full size DPX Dual Action Polisher, the equivalent (yellow) Revitalise Spot Pad with our compact MPX Dual Action Polisher, and our Swirl Spotter Detailing Light – the easy way to highlight defects when carrying out any correction process.
Our entire range of polishes and paint correction products can be found here in our Polishing category.
For more on the unique properties and characteristics of One Step and all of these advanced, professional detailing products, check out our article – How To Remove Swirl Marks From Paint.
- Get a flawless finish in one simple step.
- Removes deep scratches and heavy swirl marks in a single application.
- Refines paintwork for a flawless finish.
- Finishes down to a haze-free, liquid gloss.
- Covers all stages of paint correction - cutting, polishing and refining.
- No need to change polishes, compounds and pads during your detail.
- Suitable for use on all gloss paint types, gloss plastics and carbon fibre.
- Can be used in conjunction with all protection layers, including waxes, sealants and ceramic coatings.
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 (SiO2) 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.
Do I need to polish my vehicle before applying ceramic protection?
All silica or quartz-based ceramic coatings (such as those found in our products Ceramic Spray Wax, Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Enhancing Shampoo, Wash 'n' Gloss, and our flagship Caramics Protection Kits), use a layer of chemically bonded silicon dioxide (SiO2) to create a barrier between the surface and the elements that’s impermeable to water and only possible to remove by abrasion. In all their forms, and regardless of their durability, ceramic coatings are intended to add the hardiest protection to surfaces and, although they’re also designed to level the optical finish of paintwork and vinyl (including paint and powdercoat on wheels) - allowing light to bounce back to the eye more uniformly to make the finish appear deeper and glossier - the glass-like layer they install is not intended to hide underlying paint defects. So, when it comes to full paint decontamination and paint correction, the application of coating will still be effective with regards to physical protection, gloss and water beading without carrying out these processes, but you will not correct or obscure any defects already in the paintwork. This is why we always recommend carrying out any swirl mark or other defect removal, along with surface cleansing, prior to application of any protection layer (ceramic, wax or sealant) if you’re not completely happy with the condition of your paintwork. Especially when using a product intended for the most extreme durability such as our Caramics Paintwork Protection Kit, which installs a coating that lasts for up to a year. For maintenance washes, where SiO2 products are used to top up previously applied ceramic protection, we would assume that any paint correction necessary would have been carried out before the initial application of the coating. For preparing the surface for your coating, it's essential to use a product that doesn't contain waxes or fillers that will block the adhesion of the coating, such as our Revitalise System V2 Compounds and One Step All-in-One Compound. For the full rundown on the science of ceramic coatings and how they work see our article – What Difference Does A Ceramic Coating Actually Make.
Do I need to polish and prepare my paintwork before applying a wax?
Aside from making sure surfaces are clean and free of contaminants, this always depends on the circumstances. Are you topping up wax protection from a previous full detail or adding wax protection for the first time? This is important because, first and foremost, polishing will remove any protection layer – the reason why we don’t use abrasives during routine maintenance, and only polish paintwork when it’s absolutely necessary. In this case of maintenance, we’d assume that any paint correction needed had been carried out before adding the first round of wax protection. When it comes to adding wax protection for the first time, we’d always recommend getting surfaces to the best possible level of refinement first. Although it’s wholly possible to apply a wax to car with swirly paint, and it will still bond, protect from grime and offer extreme water behaviour and beading, what it won’t do is hide any major defects, so essentially, you’ll be locking these in. Pure waxes are non-abrasives, so they’re not designed to correct or obscure defects in the surface underneath, they are purely for protection and to add extra gloss. So, for the best results, we’d always recommend correcting or enhancing any paintwork you’re not completely happy with the condition of, and fully preparing the surface, before applying any protection layer. The advantage with waxes over ceramic coating in this instance though, is that you don’t have to consider the chemical bonded needed for an SiO2 coating to adhere, so you can utilise any of our correction products and cleansers depending on the finish you require regardless of if they already contain waxes and paint glazes. This includes our Revitalise V2 System Compounds, One Step All-in-One Compound, Tripple All-in-One Polish and Rejuvenate Paintwork Cleanser. For more information, and some top tips on preparing your vehicle for a hard wax, see our full guide - Getting The Most From A Hard Wax.
What is the difference between One Step and Rejuvenate?
While both Rejuvenate Paintwork Cleanser and One Step All-in-One Compound are polishing compounds that use advanced diminishing abrasives to correct and prepare surfaces prior to application protection, perhaps the most important way they differ is their ‘range of cut’, or their ability to remove various levels of defect. One Step has been developed to start off as a coarse cutting compound for heavy defect and swirl mark removal, finishing down to a near flawless finish as the abrasives are broken down using a machine polisher. It contains no waxes or glazes, so can be used prior to adding any protection layer - in other words it will not block the chemical bonding needed for ceramic coatings to adhere, and also accepts physical bonding from waxes. Rejuvenate uses fine abrasives and deep-cleaning solvents that are capable of refining surfaces to correct light swirling and remove oxidation. These abrasives have been designed to be easy to break down, making Rejuvenate ideal for hand polishing, along with light refinement with a machine polisher. Rejuvenate is classed as a cleaner polish, but contains glazing agents to obscure defects and promote a concours finish, so it's suited to surface preparation before application of a hard wax - more specifically, we initially developed this product to make the most of the characteristics of our Signature Hard Waxes. Whereas One Step is an advanced all-in-one compound designed to cycle through all the correction stages (coarse cutting, polishing and refining), giving a true finish without the need for multiple (and progressively finer) compounds and machine polishing pads.
What’s the difference between Tripple and One Step?
Both Tripple and One Step are denoted as all-in-one products – because their characteristics and uses go far beyond that of traditional products – but it’s for two very different reasons. Tripple is a 3-in-1 product made up of a blend of fine diminishing abrasives, deep cleaning solvents, paint glazing agents and carnauba wax. One Step is a polishing product that’s able to break down all the way from a coarse cutting compound, to a fine refining compound as it’s worked through. In practice this means that Tripple can clean away oxidation and lightly refine paintwork, removing light swirling by hand or with a machine polisher, leaving behind paint glazes to reduce the appearance of other swirling and a layer of wax to add even more gloss and protect the surface. One Step however has been developed specifically for use with a machine polisher, but is able to remove heaver swirl marks and other paint defects to leave behind nothing but a true finish. Because it contains no waxes or fillers, this also makes One Step suitable for paint correction before the application of a ceramic coating as well as waxes and sealants. For more on these amazing all-in-ones, see our full guide – Everything you need to know about Tripple and One Step.