Lexus CT F SPORT Owner Blog: The Full Detail

In preparation of the F SPORT Meet last month, I spent the better part of a day getting my CT prepped and ready.

As a big fan of time-lapse videography, here’s my full detail session from start to finish:

(Please excuse my sagging shorts — I don’t like wearing a belt when detailing in case of accidental scratching.)

The first step I didn’t record, as it took me a few days using a clay bar to remove the contamination I found at the end of winter. It’s a tedious process going over the entire exterior, but a smooth surface is essential when polishing and waxing.

After washing the car (using the two-bucket method, natch), I used the Porter Cable dual-action polisher and Optimum Compound to correct some light swirling and scratches.

Following up the compound was ClearKote Vanilla Moose glaze to give the Ultra White paint a nice deep shine. As a final step, I applied a coat of Meguiar’s No. 16, a wax no longer available in the USA but my favorite for white exteriors.

All told, I spent about five hours outside getting the CT presentable — of course, the F SPORT Meet was accompanied by non-stop rain:

Lexus CT in the Rain

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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    Lexus Cohen
  • July 20, 2015
Very beautiful car
  • T
  • July 21, 2015
You can wear your pants with belt backwards like Kris Kross
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    Rob Grieveson
  • July 21, 2015
a very good looking car - wish they would put the turbo motor in as an optional choice to the hybrid drive, sales would improve dramatically. When is the new one due perhaps it will offer an alternative source of power.
  • C
  • July 21, 2015
Same here krew. Did the work two-fold, i.e. Darth NX and Blue lightning IS but thankfully we still had a great time despite the rain (and mud!)