Revitalise System V2
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- Paint correction kit
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The Auto Finesse Revitalise System V2 car polisher Kit is a three-step machine polishing programme and the solution to perfecting your paintwork with professional-level results at home.
Developed in conjunction with our DPX and MPX Dual Action Machine Polishers - specifically to make paint restoration, correction and refinement as straightforward as possible - this colour-coded system features three-grades of compound and foam machine polishing pads specially selected to work in harmony and revitalise any gloss paint finish, removing oxidation, holograms, water spots, etching and even swirl marks.
All paint correction processes use abrasive polishes and compounds to level down the top layer of clearcoat (or single stage topcoat) over and around any flaws, until they reach the bottom of the deepest defect. Rather than removing the defect directly, this takes away a microscopic layer of the entire area around it, until the defect simply disappears. This action has the effect of levelling out and smoothing the very top layer through mechanical abrasion, a process known as ‘cutting'. Polishes and compounds are available in various grades, which refers to the coarseness of the abrasive particles suspended in their solution. This is directly proportional to the amount of surface that the particular product is expected to take away, or its ‘level of cut'. A coarse polish or compound, like Revitalise No:3 Restoring Compound, has a higher level of cut, than a fine compound, because it cuts away more of the surface as it is used.
Also important is the aggressiveness of the machine polishing pads you use. Polishing pads come in various grades and the denser the foam used in their construction, the more these abrasive pads will cut the surface when used in conjunction with an abrasive compound. Harder, denser foam is used for cutting simply because it brings more abrasion, more surface contact, and with it more heat. Lighter, less dense foam pads will be more suited to paint refinement and finishing. The very reason we’ve colour coded our pads and compounds to ensure they make the perfect combination for each stage of cutting and refining. To learn more about about polishing pads, see our article - Polishing Pads: What You Need To Know.
Our three grades of Revitalise Compounds and Revitalise Foam Pads range from a coarse restoring compound and pad combo (orange), through to a medium polishing compound and pad combo (yellow), to a fine refining compound and pad combo (red), giving you the all the options needed to tackle everything from light oxidation to heavier scratches and swirl marks. Simply follow the 1-2-3 system, and you can’t go wrong.
Revitalise Compounds are for correction and refinement only, and contain no waxes or fillers, making this line-up the perfect choice for defect removal and refinement prior to application of any protection layer, including ceramic coatings. For more information on the science of how polishes and compounds work, check out our online guide – All Car Polishes Explained.
The Revitalise V2 kit contains all the extra essentials - from Pad Prime to Masking Tape - needed to see you through the polishing process, this kit is also available as part of our Complete Machine Polishing Kit, which comes complete with our full-bodied DPX Dual Action Polisher.
Included in the Revitalise V2 Kit are these products:
1 x Revitalise No:1 Restoring Compound and Revitalise Pad No1: Restoring Pad (Orange) - RRP. £19.95 and £9.95
The first step in the Revitalise process to a fine-cut finish to paintwork. Our Revitalise No:1 Restoring Compound and No:1 Pad Combo has been developed to remove deep swirl marks and restores tired paint that has been plagued by oxidisation, offering a much faster and overall cleaner working experience. This coarse compound has a cut level of 4/5 and our 5-inch high density foam pad is constructed from firm open cell foam.
1 x Revitalise No:2 Polishing Compound and Revitalise Pad No2: Polishing Pad (Yellow) - RRP. £19.95 and £9.95
Our Revitalise No:2 Polishing Compound and No:2 Pad combo is the second step in the process. Developed as a medium compound for lighter swirl marks and oxidation, these products will also remove any hazing from the previous heavy cutting process. This compound has a cut level of 3/5 and our No:2 Polishing pad is constructed from medium density, open cell foam.
1 x Revitalise No:3 Refining Compound and Revitalise Pad No3: Refining Pad (Red) - RRP. £19.95 and £9.95
The final stage on the process is refining down to a flawless finish, for this we have our Revitalise No:3 Refining Compound and No:3 Refining Pad. Vital for levelling the optical finish of your paint, creating gloss and ensuring that any holograms are removed from the previous polishing stages, this combo includes a soft foam open cell pad, and the compound has a cut level of 2/5.
1 x Pad Cleaning Brush - RRP. £2.95
Our Pad Cleaning Brush has been specially engineered for the removal of spent polish and residues during your machine polishing stages. When polishing an entire vehicle, a polishing pad can become clogged up with excess residues and regularly brushing these out keeps this down to a minimum. Simply run the pad cleaning brush across the face of the pad with your machine polisher running (pointing away form the vehicle), and the stiff bristles will help remove any build-up.
2 x Microfibre Work Cloths - RRP. £4.77
The classic Microfibre Work Cloth is one of our most versatile towels, and the ideal microfibre for safely wiping away polish residues. Measuring in at 400mm x 400m, these 300GSM cloths are made up of soft white microfibre and an essential tool in the process.
1 x Pad Prime Pad Lubricant - RRP. £7.95
Auto Finesse Pad Prime Pad Lubricant is the ideal product for prepping your machine polishing pads before use. Pad Prime eliminates any dry scrubbing when a new foam pad is used for paint correction processes, this helps eliminate any unwanted defects being inflicted and helps the pad to glide across the surface without any grabbing or hopping. Just a quick, light mist of this product will ready your new foam pad for machine polishing.
1 x Masking Tape - RRP. £2.95
Our yellow Detailer's Masking Tape is crucial for masking up areas such as plastics and rubbers that may come into contact with polishing pads and become engrained and stained with compound residue, or matte finishes that may suffer from unwanted glossing. This professional masking tape is also perfect for masking up panel gaps, badges and risky edges that may cause damage to pads in motion.
This all-inclusive kit also includes our detailed instruction booklet. But, for more information on the basics of machine polishing, including the fundamentals on all types of machine polisher, polishing pads, compounds and different paint types see our article – The Basic Guide To Machine Polishing.
- 3-grade compound system to revitalise your vehicles paintwork.
- Removes all oxidation, swirl marks and holograms from your paintwork.
- Colour coded system so your experience runs smoothly.
- Includes instructions, if you are new to using a DA polisher.
First ensure that you vehicle paintwork is clean and fully decontaminated before you perform any paint correction. Always follow the correct wheel cleaning, pre-wash, contact wash and 3-stage decontamination procedures to cleanse paintwork and eliminate the risk of inflicting swirl marks and other defects. Use the Detailer’s Masking Tape supplied to mask off any sensitive or risky areas that won’t be polished such as plastic and aluminium trim, badges, grilles and headlamps.
Choose your first combination of compound and pad depending on the amount of cutting required to remove defects or refine your paint. For heavy cutting and restoring Revitalise No:1 (Compound and Pad), for lighter swirling Revitalise No:2 and for refinement/finishing Revitalise No:3. It’s best to choose the finest compound possible to effectively cut out defects and nothing more, to prevent polishing more than you need, or performing unnecessary steps. We always recommend testing with a finer combo first and stepping up to coarser only when needed. Attach your pad to the backing plate on the machine polisher, being sure to locate the pad as centrally as possible. Give the pad a spin by hand to make it easier to see if it’s centred properly. If not readjust as necessary. Lightly spritz Pad Prime onto your new pad, just one or two spritzes are all you need here, don’t over saturate.
Apply 2-3 small pea sized amounts of your compound to the pad, in opposing areas on the pad. The idea is to spread a very thin layer of compound over a large area, any more than a thin layer for your pad to work into the surface is simply a waste of product and may cause the compound to sling, or fly off the pad. Another measure to prevent slinging is to always start and stop your machine while the pad is in contact with the paintwork.
With the machine set to the lowest speed spread out the product across the section to be polished, with a 5-inch pad this should be approximately 2ft x 2ft (60cm x 60cm), or around 9 times the size of your pad in a square. This is to ensure you use the correct amount of compound over ideal surface area and that the compound fully breaks down and you work it through. After the first pass, you can increase the speed working up to speed settings form 4-6, depending on what feels comfortable. Apply moderate pressure and work in overlapping passes, staking down the panel, ensuring that your machine polisher is always spinning the pad. It’s important not to rush through each pass, to make sure the product is fully worked through, move the machine slowly and smoothly across the panel (always keeping it moving). Around 2 or 3cm of movement a second is about right.
Work the compound through over multiple passes, until the residue starts to turn clear. This is a good indication that the product has broken down. Reduce the speed of the machine down to setting no.2, and make a final pass, ensuring that the residue has turned clear. The average time for this set should be around 2 minutes. Stop your machine while the pad is still in contact with the surface.
After your set, remove the residue using a fresh portion of your Microfibre Work Cloth. Check the results using a strong light source, such as our Swirl Spotter Detailing Light. Step up your compound to a coarser products if necessary to remove heavier defects. If defects have been removed, move onto the next area to be cut or refined. Once all the paintwork is complete, move onto a finer compound and repeat the process to refine down paint. Once the finest compound has been used, and the desired result has been achieved, move on to the protection stages with a wax or ceramic coating.
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 cleaning and polishing products are best to use with a ceramic coating?
The great thing about silica-based (SiO2) ceramic coatings is that they’re specifically developed to help your vehicle look better for longer. The hardy protection layer they install is essentially chemically bonded silicon dioxide, which is like glass, so it smooths the surfaces enough to prevent water molecules and grime from bonding. Regardless of application to paint, glass, vinyl or any other exterior surface, this is why they bead to the extreme and offer the longest lasting protection of any product. What’s most important here is that grime will sit on top of the ceramic layer rather than sticking, and this makes cleaning easier. But it’s still important to carry out safe maintenance to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the coating and the paintwork, causing the infliction of defects. Using coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may etch into the top layer. It’s the same story for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash. Lather Car Shampoo is a great choice as it will never damage previously-applied coatings, but alternatively you can use Wash 'N' Gloss Car Shampoo or our Caramics Enhancing Shampoo to actively top-up and prolong the life and performance of your SiO2 coating as you wash paintwork, glass and all other exterior surfaces. Other products that are great for topping up during routine maintenance include Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Glass Cleaner and Ceramic Spray Wax. When it comes to paint correction, all you have to remember is that Si02 coatings have to be allowed to chemically bond to the topcoat or lacquer layer, so it’s crucial to use a compound or a polish that doesn’t contain any waxes or fillers, because these extra layers will block the chemical bonding process. For paint correction, polishing and refinement before adding a coating, we’d recommend using products that only reveal a true finish, such as One Step All-in-One Compound, or our Revitalise System V2 Compounds (which are also available separately). Don’t forget that SiO2 coatings are extremely durable and can only be fully removed through abrasion, this means that polishing your vehicle using any abrasive after applying a ceramic coating will remove the Si02 layer, meaning that reapplication of protection will be required after you polish. For more on how to prepare a car for a ceramic coating, see our guide – Detailing and Ceramic Coating a New Car.