Lexus RC F – Born On Fuji Speedway, Protected At Brands Hatch
The Lexus name has become synonymous with luxury sedans and SUVs, so the different styling of the RC F might come as a surprise to some. Lexus describe it as the fastest saloon they’ve ever built but the sleek silhouette lends itself better to the description of a four passenger performance coupe. Built to rival the BMW 4, Jaguar F-type and the Audi RS5, the RCF’s 470 horsepower naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine delivers 0-60mph in around 4.4 seconds, so it certainly sounds ready to take on the sternest of rivals!
Rumour has it the RC F was actually born on the Fuji International Speedway and for sure it’s been extensively tested on it! The eight speed transmission delivers virtually instant upshifts at the twitch of a finger whilst the Brembo brake system provides the assurance of a decent emergency stop should it be necessary. The aggressive body-styling, the race-track aerodynamics, the unusually designed LED headlamps with three-projector design all leave a unique impression on the observer. There’s only a limit run allocated to the UK, so to actually lay eyes on one is going to be a rare occurrence.
The customer collected the RC F from the dealership and delivered it to Ultimate Detailing Studio the following afternoon for a New Car Protection Treatment. Once it arrived the number plates were removed to allow better access for cleaning.
The first step was to apply Gtechniq W6 Iron & General Fallout Remover to the bodywork and wheels. This removes not only regular road dirt but also ferrous contamination, changing colour on contact to highlight the presence of any metal particles.
New cars quite often have iron contamination as a result of being stored next to railway sidings on their way from the factory to the dealership. W6 shrinks the particles causing them to break their bond with the underlying substrate and allowing them to be freely rinsed away. As it turned out, the RC F wasn’t badly contaminated at all and there was hardly any reaction except on the brake discs. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UDS
Next the RC F was treated with Gtechniq W5 Citrus All Purpose Cleaner to remove remaining traces of transportation wax. This was rinsed away before the car was treated with Ultimate Snow Foam to remove larger particles of dirt and grit. This high foaming solution clings to the car, lifts potentially hazardous contamination away from the delicate paint surface and allows them to be freely rinsed away prior to the main wash process.
Japanese paintwork is really soft so it marks very easily. With this in mind it was essential to remove as much contamination as possible using non-contact methods before putting a wash mitt on to the surface of the paint. Ultimate Snow Foam actually gets underneath the particles and lifts them away from the surface – you can see the foam changing colour as it absorbs the dirt – then you simply rinse it off. It means there’s less chance of contamination getting on to the wash mitt and scratching the paintwork. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UDS
After rinsing the suds away the RC F was washed using Gtechniq G-Wash and the Two Bucket Method. The grit guards in the bucket brush dirt away from the wash mitt and encourage them to settle at the bottom. The clean mitt can then be reapplied to the paint surface with less chance of scratching the lacquer. Once washed thoroughly the RC F was rinsed off using a Kranzle K-1152 TST Pressure Washer.
Then an Aqua Gleam de-ionising water filter was connected to the hose to give a final pure water rinse. The RC F was then dried and brought into the detailing studio for the paint to be measured and carefully inspected under with a 3M Sun Gun which mimics natural sunlight in its luminescence. The wash swirl damage was immediately visible under this high intensity lighting.
Under normal circumstances a New Car Protection Treatment should not involve or require machine polishing. However, as Japanese paintwork is typically very soft there was a proliferation of wash swirls most likely introduced by the supplying dealership. Luckily there was no evidence of random deep scratches (RDS), just a myriad of wash swirls. I had to remove these imperfections in order to restore clarity to the metallic blue finish. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UDS
Using the FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Machine Polisher at very low speeds to limit heat generation, the wash swirls were removed from the paintwork.
I used PolishAngel Esclate Lotion with a 3M Black Polishing Pad – the Esclate has just a touch of cutting power to it and the 3M Black Pad is very soft – together they’re a good combination for working with soft Japanese paintwork without incurring micro-marring. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UDS
Removing the swirls makes a significance to the clarity of the paintwork, allowing the colour to shine through perfectly.
The entire exterior surface of the RC F was then cleansed using Gtechniq Panel Wipe to remove all traces of residual polish and to ensure the paintwork was squeaky clean. To protect the finish Gtechniq Crystal Serum was used. Crystal Serum represents the latest in cutting edge nanotechnology, providing double-layered protective coating impervious to chemical and industrial fallout. It must be applied in tightly controlled conditions and once fully cured it is difficult to remove. For these reasons Crystal Serum is available as a service only through accredited studios.
Japanese paintwork is very soft and Crystal Serum cures incredibly hard, providing exceptional protection from wash swirls and pH extremes. So the surface will be better protected not only from swirling but also from harsh wash chemicals and environmental fallout such as acid rain. It also leaves behind a highly reflective shine which looks stunning, particularly on this fabulous blue. – Derek Ginger, Master Detailer, UDS
The wheels were protected using Gtechniq C5 Alloy Wheel Armour. This heat resistant, hydrophobic* and oleophobic** coating repels water, dirt and road grime whilst also inhibiting corrosive elements such as brake dust from adhering to the surface. *(literally meaning “water-fearing” ). **(from the Latin oleum “oil”, and Greek phobos “fear”).
The glass was cleaned and then sealed using Gtechniq G1 ClearVision Smart Glass, a hydrophobic coating which encourages rain water to roll into beads and blow away, reducing the need for windscreen wipers and making driving less tiring during inclement weather conditions. The tyres were dressed with Gtechniq T2 Tyre Dressing, a non-sling formulation which leaves a natural satin sheen on tyres.
The sun was shining when the customer collected the RC F, so conditions were perfect for showing off its new deep gloss protection.
I doubt that it could look any better, the ceramic sealant has really brought out the subtle metallic flake and the depth of shine is unbelievable. I have arranged to drive the RC F straight to Lexus as they have expressed a keen interest in seeing what a new car should look like! – UF Customer, Bexleyheath.
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