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2008 Lexus RX350 Beach Edition

I#8217;m not where the Lexus design/marketing came up with the color #8220;Truffle-Mica#8221;, but I#8217;m glad came up with the color! The Beach Edition is the only RX that this color is on. It has hues of grey, copper, purple, and even a little bit of too.

The color varies depending on the type and angle of the sometimes giving it a grey sometimes copper, and sometimes a look of purple.

Other being in need of a thorough this one was in pretty good with the exception of some scratches on the rear bumper, and that went down the right side of the SUV. We that the best approach be a (modified) one-step polish, a focus on reducing the severity of the as good as I could. The interior also need some to clean up for the Ohio winter, but he that a light cleaning suffice.

We were not going for a full-correction

Here#8217;s the RX350 when it

First up was a wash of the exterior. My wash when preparing for is Chemical Guys Wash I also used P21S Auto Wash to pre-treat the end, and to clean the wheels, and wheel wells.

After I clayed the exterior surfaces Optimum Instant Detailer and Enhancer as a lube. I find the Optimum ID provides a super-slick for the clay, which reduces the of marring the finish (especially on Lexus paint). As is normal, I the rear of the car as well as the areas behind the wheels to have the contaminants to be removed by clay.

The surfaces were surprisingly in shape.

After claying, I the car once again with Guys to rinse off the Optimum ID, and pulled it in the garage for polishing.

The is sheeting nicely, which no remaining waxes or sealants! The you see is a clear bra installed on the front.

For polishing I opted for the Porter 7424 with an orange LC pad and Poli-Seal (OPS). I like OPS because it provides light and contains polymer sealants provide months of protection (3 or 4 in my It also leaves the slickest of any AIO products that I have

And did I mention that it is incredibly to work with? It only a small amount of polish, and it take a lot of time to work in and down like traditional do#8230;allowing for a much quicker Once finished, there#8217;s little residue to remove is a huge plus in my book.

I love the look of Poli-Seal on colors too!

Now onto

Hmmm, what have we Obviously our 10 month old Lexus has had paint work done in the because here#8217;s overspray on the I found out that the paint had been done on the LR of the car, yet I overspray on the hood#8230;go figure.

I also found a bit of overspray and sanding and blending work on the rear quarter.

This is the one that I did use the rotary#8230;Menzerna PO203S it up. There were a few deep on the hood that remained.

I it outside for a quick inspection in the to see how it came out. Notice all of the in this paint.

I#8217;ve moved down this of the vehicle with Poli-Seal, PC, and an pad, and thought this a good photo:

Now on to the back of the As I#8217;ve said before, the bottles make great for trunk lids so you can access the part of it with the polisher.

was sunshine outside, so I took the to pull the car out and get a few reflection shots I didn#8217;t know if I#8217;d be to the next day when I had the car all finished the weather was supposed to change.

This is before finishing up the wells, trim, glass,

On this one you can see where I still had the protecting the Clear Bra.

The morning rolled around and now time to finish up the Lexus. having breakfast I had the car key sitting on the in front of me, noticed that it was and thought hmmm, I bet I could that up. My OCD got the better of me so I polished it up a

This is why we call it detailing!

on to the interior#8230;here#8217;s what we#8217;re with:

I did a very thorough job, then cleaned all with Woolite/water and a MF towel, and the gauges, controls, and console

Here#8217;s an area that can get The only way to access this is to the rear seats forward. like a catch-bin for #8220;stuff#8221;. view is looking back the hatch area.


The driver#8217;s seat was the as per usual. It had a bit of grime built up, and dye transfer issues as well. I wiped it down with and water, and then sprayed Prestine Clean on the seat and it in with a leather brush.

I wiped it all down with a MF towel.



other interior after

I cleaned the foot rest on the (as well as the pedals and rubber mats) with APC.

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Now the interior is all finished up, it#8217;s for a few finishing touches.

The chrome and got cleaned and protected with All-In-One .



tip before:

After polishing: is not polish residue that you see the plastic trim meets the It#8217;s actually adhesive (I it in several areas#8230;perhaps leftover the body work that had done on it).

Don#8217;t forget to clean the on the trunk above the license

And clean up the backup camera

Ready for some after

I couldn#8217;t decide between next two photos, so I added

You can tell it#8217;s spring! If you closely, you will notice the tree blossoming in the reflection.

You can see how the looks a bit different in this than it did in the sun shot I took the day

Final. You can see how the Clear Bra distorts the a bit. Just compare the top of the red stripe to the bottom.

Total 7.5 hours (this one went

Thank you as always for checking out my

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