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Technical Firewall Paint for Patina Car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by ghalperin, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. ghalperin
    Joined: Dec 10, 2012
    Posts: 211


    I’ve got my engine out, doing some routine maintenance. My car is pretty crusty, kind of looks like it was done back in the day. Now’s the time to paint the firewall. I just don’t want it to make everything else look worse. I’m concerned that if I paint it, I’ll have to start cleaning and painting everything on the car. I kind of like the crusty look. Maybe I should paint the firewall, then clean and Gibbs everything else. The paint on the firewall wasn’t prepped correctly in the ‘60s or ‘70s and is flaking off.
    Should I paint it or just clean it?
    If painting what color?
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2020
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  2. Can't go wrong with Wimbleton white.
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  3. Spray it with adhesive & throw a couple shovel fulls of glitter at it. It'll look amazing. Promise. :cool:
  4. Scuff it up and match yer wheels.

  5. hammeredt
    Joined: Mar 3, 2006
    Posts: 435


    I would just leave it alone.
  6. rztrike
    Joined: Apr 20, 2009
    Posts: 149


    Clean off the crusty. Rub the oxidation off and put on a coat of wax
  7. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 11,256

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    What car company is Patina ? :rolleyes:
    And where did they build cars ? :D:D
  8. ghalperin
    Joined: Dec 10, 2012
    Posts: 211


    All good suggestions, especially the glitter. Wimbledon White has been a thought. Maybe it’s time to clean everything up...
  9. I would do semi gloss black.
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  10. Uribe
    Joined: Jan 27, 2019
    Posts: 63


    The exterior dosnt look bad at all, i would say a low gloss color that maches the top
  11. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,633


    If it were me, and just saying, an engine compartment on a driven car is going to get all kinds of shit on it. Paint it flat black and then forget about it. It won't make the other stuff look worse being flat black and as opposed to white you won't have to clean the thing every time you go out!
  12. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,703

    Bandit Billy

    I would agree but only if you paint he wheels to match, otherwise there is going to obvious mismatch.
    If your not painting the wheels paint it to match the car and distress it (not as distressed as it currently;), more a fake patina-I wont tell anyone:rolleyes:)
  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,885


    yup, it will stick out like a sore thumb if you paint it.

    I suggest you leave it alone, until you feel like painting the whole care. Then, do it right.
  14. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 5,150

    sloppy jalopies

    cream or antique white... ? White does darken with age... make it look aged...
  15. Lost in the Fifties
    Joined: Feb 25, 2010
    Posts: 446

    Lost in the Fifties

    If it were my car, I would clean and sand firewall first. Then have paint matched and spray firewall. It's under the hood and won't show as being new paint as much as it will look like it has been protected. The other paint still looks good. It's a car to be proud of!
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  16. Find a good quality image online of kidcambell71’s avatar, and have it blown up to fit your firewall.
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  17. ghalperin
    Joined: Dec 10, 2012
    Posts: 211


    Like this?
  18. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,475


    I only painted my firewall.

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  19. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,946

    from Oregon

    :p Best dang tech advice I ever read on here:)
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  20. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,295


    Have someplace scan the body color. Get the matching paint in semi gloss. It will still look newer but not stick out like a herpes rash.
  21. ghalperin
    Joined: Dec 10, 2012
    Posts: 211


    That’s a good idea.
  22. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,993

    anthony myrick

    Clean it up, wet sand er down and shoot some lacquer on it.
    You can control the blend, gloss and overall look super easy.
  23. Be aware that having the paint scanned will only produce a formula for a current colour that is closest to your colour. Lots of people mistakenly believe it produces a unique formula to match your paint. It does not. Depending how old the paint is the "match" may not be close as some of the toners used in paint in the past are no longer available.
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  24. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    Id leave that firewall alone and pop that engine back in. Weathered like an old leather jacket.
  25. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,993

    anthony myrick

    If ya get it matched and can’t source lacquer have it mixed in old school enamel.
    Ya never gonna match that with base clear.
    Flat clear doesn’t like being rubbed on and can be a pain to clean. And getting the gloss level matched can sometimes turn into a crap shoot.
    Friend painted a firewall in a super low mile 55. Those cars are lacquer. The repaired area was primed in a matching factory red oxide then spotted in with lacquer. The gloss level was matched by how it was sanded/polished. The repair area was strategically chipped on purposed. This further helped deceive the repaired area. It looked like well cared for old.
    You can make it do whatever ya want with the right products and immigration.
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  26. I used to work for a guy who would buy old cars off of C/L or Egay. We'd take them into the shop and spiff them up and then he'd flip them at auctions. That firewall is just too unappetizing We would have to deal with it. A base coat color match maybe, with some satin clear. Of course this was just a bit before the grunge era of today.
    There's probably a few guys getting a woodie over that firewall, right now! :eek:
  27. ghalperin
    Joined: Dec 10, 2012
    Posts: 211


    That firewall has always bugged me. I’m not ready to paint everything, so I’ll probably hit it with some semi gloss black just to put a bandaid on it for now.
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  29. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,494

    from ohio

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