As companies continue to improve and develop new ways to make paint correction easier, one-step corrections have certainly benefited from new technology. A product that can remove heavy imperfections and/or can finish down like a polish is something many of us find extremely useful. The ability to give a better one-step while increasing efficiency is key for those projects that require such an approach. A client of mine had a 1964 Porsche 356 that had been recently repainted and wanted it polished to improve the condition of the finish. Given the budget for polishing, a one-step was in order for this particular project. It was a great opportunity to give 3D ONE a try on this vintage Porsche.
3D ONE Hybrid Compound & Polish is designed as a water-based hybrid product that can be used as a compound or a polish depending on the type of pad or pads being used. As a compound, 3D ONE utilizes Nano Ceramic Alumina Abrasives to cut while minimizing hazing. The product is designed to work with both DA and Rotary polishers. In this instance, I used it with a Rupes Mark 2 LHR15 ES. Being a hybrid product that can do the work of both a compound and polish, I paired it with a medium foam pad for a one-step correction.
According to the directions, 3D recommends to use 4 to 5 drops when either cutting or polishing.
I used a speed of 4.5 with medium pressure and as the directions suggest, I worked an area of 2×2 while using slow overlapping motions. The first thing I noticed is that there is plenty of working time with 3D ONE. I worked the area for approximately a minute before stopping and checking the results. As pictured below, you can see how much product is still visible after 1 minute of working the product.
Once I did several passes with 3D ONE, working a 2×2 section and buffing with a clean microfiber towel, the results were impressive given how fast it worked to get those results using one pad.
The Porsche had some areas that had more than minor swirls and using the same approach, I worked a 2×2 area using medium pressure and slow overlapping motions. It worked extremely well at removing some pretty gnarly stuff. Again, working the section for about 1 minute with slow movements.
The correction can certainly be improved by doing more passes or changing to a wool pad or cutting pad, then following up with a polishing pad using 3D ONE. These results are a demonstration of how 3D ONE can work with a fast one-step approach. For a 2 step approach with protection, 3D ONE can be used with a wool or cutting pad for removing heavy swirls and scratches then following up with a polishing pad a 3D HD SPEED to remove haze, add gloss and protection. 3D ONE comes in the following sizes: 8 oz., 16 oz., 32 oz. and 128 oz.
3D ONE works best in shaded areas but can also work in areas where the sun is unavoidable. With a long working time and its ability to remove imperfections quickly, I found the product to be extremely useful on this particular project.
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