The paintwork used on Lexus vehicles is eye-catching to say the least. It glimmers, it shimmers, it catches the light – how does it look so good?

The innovative Japanese brand has developed a complex multi-layered paint process, first adopted by the striking RC F. The technique used transforms the appearance of the car, which responds to sunlight, shining as it catches the panels.

Traditional paintwork can’t achieve such effects, lacking the level of depth and luminescence that this new technique generates, but Lexus has altered its production line in order to accommodate the additional complexities of this process – no longer is this method reserved for concept vehicles under show spotlights.

So how does Lexus achieve such a special effect? The bodywork is methodically painted in five different layers and baked four times – and that’s on top of the electrodeposited coat that protects the body structure’s base metal.

The priming layer is initially applied, providing a solid foundation, followed by a base coat of metallic blue. A clear coat seals this, and is followed by a blue-tinted translucent coat and a final clear layer. This top coat is self-healing and anti-scratch, offering Lexus cars optimal protection and a fine finish.

By combining blue and clear layers, reflections are controlled and a balance of brightness and depth can be achieved. Each layer is gently wet-sanded by hand too, leaving the body completely blemish-free.

If this cool colour has caught your eye, speak to a sales advisor at Lexusand request Azure Blue (code 8X1) on your Lexus of choice: this stunning colour is now available on selected IS, GS and RC models, plus more colours in the Lexus paint range now use this complex layering process to achieve a fine finish.

Start turning heads today with Lexus.