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Art & Inspiration Faux aged lettering

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jeddoman, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Jeddoman
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 2


    I know this has been asked before but I can't find it. If anyone can help or point me to previous replies that would be great. I am looking for ways to make lettering look old. I have been asked to put lettering on a Jeep with original patina and the customer wants it to look like it has always been there. Any suggestions?
  2. look up josh shaw...he's on here alot..him and his old man dan really know their shit when it comes to that sorta thing...and there was some threads on it a while back...good luck

    T. Hilton
  3. Kerry67
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 2,606


    Didn't Car Craft or one of the magazines just do an artilce on this recently? Seems to me like they did one in the last few months.
  4. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Oh man, that's getting to be so 'gay' already.... faux this, faux that and B'ville and Dry Lakes wannabes....:(

  5. Daddyfink
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 463


    Suggestion #1 - Talk him out of it and sell him a new paint job
  6. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


    Really pretty easy - on my Crosley, I just painted the numbers - using "one-shot" sign paint, then sanded them with fine grit paper ( 600, I think) when dry. Just keep sanding until you are satisfied. Was not originally planning to "faux" it, but numbers looked MUCH too shiny for this car !!:D

  7. New letters on new finish and old letters on old finish.:D My 2 cents. Keep it simple and it'll look great!
  8. Mumbles
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 149

    from PNW

    I heard somewhere that mixing 1 shot with a little baby powder helps with the aging look.
  9. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,001

    Smokin' Joe
    Member Emeritus

    Here are a couple of pics I just did for Southern Speed Shop's "shop truck". As you can see they were choppin' the top as I was lettering it.
    On this job, I lettered it w/One Shot and after it set up a few hours, I dipped an old worn out red scotchbrite pad into some mineral spirits and gently rubbed it until it got the look I was after. On something that's all old paint, not cool lookin' rusty metal, after it sets up a few hours, I'll go over it gently with rubbing compound on a shop rag. You just hafta be careful not to give it a "polished" look around the lettering. Lotsa Luck!

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  10. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,001

    Smokin' Joe
    Member Emeritus

    I've used baby powder to age striping, but I didn't mix it with the paint. After it started to tack up, I rubbed the powder over the top of the striping to "dull it out".
    Gives it a neat look.
  11. Zombie Hot Rod
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,453

    Zombie Hot Rod
    from New York

    You can mix talcum powder into paint to flatten it, when doing a whole car.
  12. Joshua Shaw
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    Joshua Shaw

    Everything said above is ABSOLUTLY correct.. Its best to do the "ageing" when its just tacked up.. (Dry enough to run your fingers over it LIGHTLY but if you pushed hard on it, it would leave a finger print) Doing the ageing at this time will actually "mix" or "rub" the Under color of the vehicle into the One Shot for a great look.

    Keep searching for Examples. It helps to look at other work, and see what looks good, and what doesn't.

    Street Rodder and R&C have done very detailed articles on it. Check out there Websites.

    ...and remember, It's not Rocket Science.. It's actually hard to screw it up. You'll laugh when it's done at how easy it really is.

    Joshua Shaw
  13. Bman416
    Joined: Nov 4, 2007
    Posts: 180


  14. pullinlines
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 50

    from indy

    the way that i've used is to over reduce the 1-shot more than what you would normally reduce. good luck!
  15. jusjunk
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 3,138

    from Michigan

    Ya but what about Faux you?????? Josh knows his shit and if its done right it can add a lot to a vehicles looks...
    We need less input like yours and more how too's
    Your welcome
    And have a nice day
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  16. RichtersRodz
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 228


    If I paint on my door now, by the time I get around to fixing up my '30.. my letters
    will be faded and wore out for real.... :)
  17. GulfCoastGasser
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 105

    from Gulf Coast

    So true Rodz.
    All my jobs aquire that aged look before I am done with them!:D
  18. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


  19. Dynaflash_8
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 3,023

    from Auburn WA

    scotchbrite and time...

  20. model-a-fan
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 842

    from Kentucky

    Kirby Stafford of Dillahay Street Rods did mine a month or so ago. Used mineral spirits after is started drying. I really dig it, so I guess that's all that matters.

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  21. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,001

    Smokin' Joe
    Member Emeritus

    And in the overall scheme of things...ain't that what it's all about?
  22. model-a-fan
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 842

    from Kentucky

    In the words of Ed McMahon "You are correct, sir!"
  23. ol'chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,283


    Way over reduce...I like laquer thinner, it sets up fast. Then baby powder as a flattener, when dry, wet sand with 800 and up gently, don't leave sand marks. Remember, the sun tends to fade more at the top first. Make it look like it is worn thin, not sanded.

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