8Y0 Lexus Structural Blue
Lexus 8Y0 Structural Blue Repair Process

Structural Blue was developed by Lexus and VIAVI Solutions Inc. It’s based on the coloration of the vibrant morpho butterfly, a species found in Central and South America. The butterfly appears blue in color but does not actually have blue scales in its wing surfaces. The blue color — which varies depending on the ambient light — is achieved through light interference.

PPG has introduced a training video to assist paint technicians with refinishing Lexus automobiles sporting the OEM’s Structural Blue finish. The video has been produced to dispel the notion that complex colors require a complex refinish process. In fact, it's not difficult at all.

The color Structural Blue, code 8Y0 on a Lexus LC500, is a standard basecoat/clearcoat system. First, we thoroughly clean the part, fix the damage and then apply the primer surfacer. Prior to applying any basecoat, a sealer should be applied. Now look up the structural blue color in PaintManager XI; follow mix instructions and always check the viscosity. Dehydrate between basecoats. Now, mix and apply the clearcoat as directed in the product information sheet. And that's it!