Lexus CT F SPORT Owner Blog: The Full Detail

Lexus CT 200h Detailing

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.