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Clearing Old Paint

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51Hudson, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. 51Hudson
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 21


    Hi All,

    I'm going to start clear coating my 51 Hudson, but I have a few questions.

    How would I clear the paint trying to save all of its patina?

    Its not going to be a 100% beauty queen, but I love having a staright piped 308 clattering down the road.
  2. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

  3. How about a photo?..are you trying to save paint or rust? HRP
  4. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    Patina is the result of 50 years of loving care, and should not need clear coating.
    50 years of neglect should not be cleared, it should be fixed.
    This opinion is my own, your views may vary.

  5. dubie
    Joined: Aug 17, 2004
    Posts: 698


    scuff it up, wipe it down with a pre-cleaner and shoot the satin clear. I personally love the look of it.
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
    Posts: 405

    from Milwaukee

    wash it with CLR and a green scuff pad then wax it.
  7. My feelings exactly. HRP
  8. Not that it would matter to you, but I put "clear coated patina" In the same class as fake patina. Either fix it or leave it alone.
  9. 53 COE
    Joined: Oct 8, 2011
    Posts: 688

    53 COE
    from PNW

    x2......... Let's see some pics of what you are trying to save. For bare metal, use Gibbs oil to prevent rust. For rust, leave it or fix it. For worn paint, leave it.

    If only patina was the rage in 1990 - I would have saved that great lettering job on the hood. Now after 18 years under a tarp, she has aged and to today's fad and then some.

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  10. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,146

    Roger Walling

    Get a gallon of WD 40 and spray the whole car. In a few days ite shine will disapear and the protection will last for a while.
  11. davidh73750
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,565


    I haven't done the clear but did clean up my paint a lot with clr and the red primer pads(scotch brite.) I may clear it because it tends to loose its effect. If I do it will be flat clear and my car sits outside a lot
  12. 51Hudson
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 21


    I personally like the look of cleared patina, but I don't think that when you clear it you make it fake. I just want to clear it so it still looks the same way when I pulled it out of a barn.
  13. dubie
    Joined: Aug 17, 2004
    Posts: 698


    this 50 Olds that the Gas Monkey Garage did looked so damn cool when it was done. It was scuffed and cleared with satin clear

  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,768


    Couldn't have said it better. Calling rust and neglect anything except what it is is just a copout excuse because you are too lazy to fix the vehicle right and don't care if it rusts into the ground while you are driving it.
  15. TR Waters
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    TR Waters
    from Vermont
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Scuff it down and spray it flat black. That will be way cooler. :rolleyes:
  16. Man... The dude asked for "how to" advice not opinions.

    Post some pic's so we can know what your wanting to do.

    Rust will be nearly impossible to cover but faded paint and primer should be doable.
  17. 51Hudson
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 21


    Thanks for the Help. But yeah I guess you could call me lazy for not wanting to fix rust, but it also doesn't matter when you have replacement fenders and quarters. So I really couldn't care if they rusted untill they had a hole in it the size of a watermellon. But still if I'm so lazy why did I bother to take the entire bottom of the car to bare metal and paint it with 2 gallons of por 15.

    Again it's my car, and I do what I think looks best
  18. stpaulsdealmaker
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 206


  19. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    I like the look..Would like to see some pics after it's cleared.. Enjoy your Hudson...
  20. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    Yeah, but I'd sure hate to be the next guy who gets it and unwittingly decides to paint it!:eek:
  21. Ed Wrath
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 302

    Ed Wrath

    Do it with Gibbs Brand - then you won't have that problem....
  22. 51Hudson
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 21


    ^ No I'll probably keep it to the day I die then leave it to be my kids problem
  23. Heatwavve
    Joined: Apr 1, 2008
    Posts: 14


    Scuff it down and clear it I think it keeps the original look I did it for my nephew on a pickup that him and his dad had started on and didn't, get finished before he passed so we wanted to keep that look and it turned out awesome get lots of compliments
  24. dubie
    Joined: Aug 17, 2004
    Posts: 698


    do you have any pictures of this Hudson you could share with us?
  25. El Jefe ATX
    Joined: Jun 18, 2013
    Posts: 84

    El Jefe ATX
    from Austin TX

    What's involved in the scuffing process? Scotchbrite by hand or wheel? I love the look and may keep my 41 "rust patina".

    I think it looks awesome.
  26. kracker36
    Joined: Jan 21, 2012
    Posts: 756


    I see your point, but do not really agree. It is not always about being lazy. A high gloss hot rod really doesnt look good to me in most cases. Just my opinion , but who am I to say what someone else likes.
  27. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

    Go down to bare metal.and FIX IT RIGHT!
  28. christopher 78
    Joined: Jun 24, 2012
    Posts: 136

    christopher 78

    do what you want! scuff it and satin clear it if you want! spray it with bulldog first! it will stick!!!!

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