Lexus CT Owner Blog: Done with Winter

As winter slowly transitions to spring here in Southern Ontario, I’m anxious to get my Lexus CT 200h F SPORT all cleaned up and ready for a new season.

The Ultra White never gets really dirty, but there’s still a layer of grime that’s going to take some effort to remove completely.

My first preliminary cleaning pass last week revealed something troubling — at some point driving through all the slush and ice and snow, we must have kicked up some metal particles that stuck to the back of the car.

There was a speckling of surface rust all over the rear of the car:

Lexus CT Rust on Back

Most of it came off easy enough with my Porter Cable 7424XP polisher and some Optimum Poli-Seal, but around the badge was a little more difficult. It took an hour or so, but the CT is now completely particle free:

Lexus CT Rust Free

I have big plans for the CT this summer — it’s coming up on a year of ownership this July, and I’m working with some partners to add my own personal touch.

That said, I still have to get through spring and all of the fun that comes with the wet weather:

Lexus Mud Wet Weather

This CT 200h F SPORT was made possible by the folks at OpenRoad Lexus Richmond, the premier Lexus dealership in British Columbia and a proud sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast.

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  • C
  • April 7, 2015
Nice polish krew! This winter was way toooooo long which makes washing and polishing the car so much more special.
  • T
  • April 8, 2015
I can't believe it's almost been a year. I remember when you got your CT. Glad you're enjoying your CT...
  • G
  • April 8, 2015
Looking at your original pictures, I'd suggest a pair if Weathertech mats next winter - they'll save you a ton of clean up.
  • A
  • April 8, 2015
Krew, those specks of contamination could be safely removed by some decontamination products such as Car Pro Iron X, Tar X, or TRIX prior to claying and polishing. I used to hate dealing with those surface rust and their appearance is common in the trunk lid, lower front quarter panels, door panels, etc.
  • A
  • April 8, 2015
I concur. WeatherTech mats are much better than the Lexus OEM ones (especially the ones from Lexus Canada which are good looking but not sufficient for our Winter). You may take a look at the WeatherTech FloorLiner DigitFit for the CT which covers most of the left foot rest. It holds the dirt and snow pretty well. I have it on my IS. The only downside is you may see its wear on the driver's side (mainly the area where your right foot is) more obvious than traditional rubber mat (or WeatherTech all weather mats) if you are a pure perfectionist.