PPG Refinish for Lexus LFA

In the event that you own a Lexus LFA with a matte-black finish, you should be happy to know that the PPG clearcoat Global Refinish System D8113 is the first to be approved by Toyota.

In the event that you own a Lexus LFA with a matte-black finish, you should be happy to know that the PPG clearcoat Global Refinish System D8113 is the first to be approved by Toyota. So in the event that you needed a little. . .body work (oh, probably a shopping cart in a Wal-Mart parking lot banged into your $400,000 supercar), then know that there is something that will match the matte black.

Apparently full-body matte black finishes are more than a little tricky to match with standard clearcoats and matting agents. The PPG formulation is said to be able to do just fine on the black paint over that carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) bodywork.

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In the event that you don’t own an LFA and are wondering about it, perhaps it is simply worth noting that it is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 that generates 552 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Given that the curb weight of the vehicle is 3,263 lb. (in addition to the CFRP, there are other lightweight materials deployed, such as aluminum alloy suspension components, titanium and magnesium engine and transmission components, and carbon ceramic brake discs), this translates into a power-to-weight ratio of 6 lb/hp. Just think: head-snapping.

So, if you do manage to crease or crumple your LFA, after the sobbing stops, just know that there is a clearcoat that will bring it back to a showroom finish.