Lexus ES350 Car Detail

Today we have Duke from Placentia, CA and his new Lexus ES350 car detail. Like many of my customers who have recently bought new cars, Duke was looking for ways to maintain the beauty and value of his new car. Duke was a good sport in allowing me to use his new car to highlight tips of proper cosmetic car care, as well as sharing in the excitement of getting a new car. So be sure to leave Duke your own comments at the bottom of his page and give him a big thumbs up!

Thank you in advance,

Darren Priest

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Owner: Duke R.

Occupation: Retired Teacher

Model: 2010 Lexus ES350

Location: Placentia, CA

The Lexus has become synonymous with quality and value. Anyone close to Duke knows about his Toyota truck that is over ten years old and is in immaculate condition, so Duke is no stranger to shopping value. Choosing the right products for the right job is an important part of the preservation process when it comes to maintaining the beauty and value of your car.

Duke and his wife went with one of the easiest color schemes for ease of ongoing maintenance; light exterior, and darker interior. With the exception being the light colored leather upholstery; more on that further down. Silver is one of my favorites when it comes to paint color.

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Because of the light colored paint, care and maintenance will not only be greatly reduced, but we have a much greater diversity in selection with car care products; light colored cars are naturally more forgiving over their dark counterparts.
Duke, like anyone else, needs care and maintenance based on the following:

  • Paint protection based on light colored paint.
  • Paint enhancement based on color of car.
  • Car leather care and maintenance.
  • Car interior care based on color of interior.

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Paint Care

Generally, people with light colored cars tend to want to wax their car less, rather than more. So as a professional, I recommend going with a 100% synthetic polymer sealant/wax product as an initial place to start. After each wash if they have the energy, they can follow up with an easy to use spray wax that will extend the life of the polymer base, and add visual enhancement.

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The two main concerns for Duke's Lexus is proper care and maintenance of the cars leather interior, and the fact that the leather is so light. The light colored leather will require more vigilant and consistent maintenance to keep it looking like new.The dark carpeting and floor mats hide dirt well, but superficial dirt like lint and loose debris will show up more easily. Of course this loose dirt and debris is just a quick vacuum away from being cleaned.

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Modern day wheels finished in the OE silver finish are easy to clean and maintain. The smooth silver and clear coated finish is resistant to brake dust and harmful chemicals. Simple cleaners used with some form of manual agitation of a soft brush, is all that is required to keep wheels lasting a life time. These wheel have multiple spokes and some tight areas that can be accessed during cleaning with something as simple as a tooth brush.

Lexus ES350 Car Detail Summary

Thank you Duke for being such a good sport and appearing with your elegant Lexus! Lexus offers superior fit and finish combined with excellent materials; a little consistent maintenance goes a long way with these quality cars.

See the side bar at right for additional resource links for specific tips and strategies that are pertinent to this truck.

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Darren's Picks for Amazing Paint

Use any of the links below to shop for my personal recommendations. I have personally tested each of these products in the real world of my auto detailing business and these products promise you professional results. While there are many products available, I have simplified this process for you with my list below.

Meguiar's Professional Clay

Detailing clay is a critical and mandatory step in proper paint care. Use the Meguiar's Professional detailing clay to remove airborne pollutants that embed themselves into your cars paint. The professional way to prep your paint for a glass smooth finish to be used prior to waxing.

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay

Meguiars Professional Detailing Clay

Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax

By combining synthetic polymers and formulating into a paste wax, you get the ultimate in beauty and protection. Perfect for dark colored cars for depth and glossing. Polymer technology creates a durable layer of protection guaranteed to outlast traditional carnauba paste waxes.

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Paste Wax

Meguiar's Polymer Sealant

For the ultimate in durability and protection, nothing lasts longer or holds up to the elements better than polymer technology. Perfect for use on boats, RV's, or light colored cars when protection is your first goal. With the ease of use in liquid form, wax less often with this advance polymer sealant.

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #20 Polymer Sealant

Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax is a spray detailer and wax all in one. Use as a stand alone wax after using the clay bar, or to enhance and refresh any wax already on your paints finish. This product is so easy to use, and very light in consistency, I actually use this as a Quik Detailer; this way I am also getting added wax protection and enhancement each time. Recommended for any dark colored cars after washing for added depth and glossing. Ideal for hot climates, as can be used in direct sunlight on hot paint.

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax

Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Cloths

If you are new to micro fiber, you are in for a big treat! These amazing wonders have completely replaced the ageless staple of baby diapers as the universally accepted tool for wax removal. So versatile, you will find many other uses for them also. I simply reserve a number of these cloths for wax removal only.

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack

Griot's Garage Micro Fiber Wax Removal Cloths, 3 Pack

Water Sprite Chamois

The exact chamois I have used professionally for over twenty years; still the best! I like this over-sized version that I cut in half; one half is reserved for freshly washed cars, the other half for dirtier jobs like wiping door jambs. Simply hose out with pressure when they get dirty. All the benefits of natural chamois, with none of the drawbacks! An absolute must for every "Driveway Detailer".

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Water Sprite Plus® Chamois 4 sq. Feet

California Car Duster

One of my personal favorites and an absolute must! Whether you are a die hard enthusiast, or someone looking to just keep their car looking great with minimal effort. Enhance the love affair with your car and extend the time between washings by using the proven California Car Duster.

California Duster Combo

California Duster Combo