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Preserving Patina

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Daddiojoe, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. Daddiojoe
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 123

    from Austin, TX

    I've got a 51 Plymouth w/ a lot of surface rust. As I've ground it off, I really like the shading and metal variance, etc: patina.

    So, I'd like to spray something clear over it to preserve and protect, but still let the metal shine through. I need some advice, as I'm getting some very contradictry answers from friends who I know and respect and have experience.

    In a perfect world, Eastwood would still make clear Rust Encapsulator. But it doesn't.

    Here are other things I've heard/considered:

    1. Clear Por-15. Needs a clearcoat because it isn't UV resistant. Friend #1 says it will eventually peel off in sheets if used on car sheetmetal exterior.

    2. Clearcoat. Friend #1 says it's just like paint, but w/o the color. So should go on body fine. Friend #2 says it needs primer--thereby eliminating whole reason for using.

    3. Rustoleum clear. Uncertain--no one has experience.

    Thanks for your expertise and ideas.

  2. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,357


    That's not patina. That is old paint, rust and bare metal.
    Would you sew half your upholstery and call it done?
    Would you weld half the chassis and call it done?
    Never mind.
  3. Preserve it by grinding all the rust and other shit off and painting it properly!

  4. trailer-Ed
    Joined: May 15, 2002
    Posts: 1,793

    from JC, MO

    Boiled linsead oil cut 50% with acetone will give you the look and protection you want. I used it on several cars and currently on my pickup. Fuck what everone else says! if you like it that way run it! Its your car to do as you please. but trust me the linsead oil works great.

  5. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
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  6. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,049


    This is patina: original paint worn a tad thin in a few places from years of polishing by previous owners. No signs of neglect and no rust.
    I knew a long time owner of the car when he was in his 70's or 80's and didn't drive the car out of town because it didn't have a gas gauge 20 years ago when he was a customer. Then one day I saw it headed up the road on a trailer.

    And no it isn't my car.
  7. and here we go again ..........
  8. deanopopino
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 237

    from Troy, MO

    Yay!!! Again, again!

    Attached Files:

  9. bobscogin
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,761


    I see a proclamation like that at least once in damn near every thread where an opinion is asked for. If there's anyone here that didn't already know they can do what they want with their own car without being told, please raise your hand.:D

  10. zep058
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
    Posts: 599


    this is going to go well, I'm just sure of it.
  11. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,678

    from Hypocrisy

    Spray chrome on it
  12. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,988

    Special Ed

    I feel just like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" ....
  13. clockwork31
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 439


    hahaha! Good point! :D


  14. Again ??
  15. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    Only if you belong to that other *cough*killbillit*cough* forum lol
  16. Daddiojoe
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 123

    from Austin, TX

    Trailer-ED--- how do you apply it--spray?

    The rest of y'all: thanks for your constructive criticism. I'm sure you can't imagine how important your opinions are to me.
  17. Bullyboy
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 42


    I did rattle can clear over mine, it has some bare metal spots but no rust. We sanded it with 800 grit for a tooth and sprayed it panel by panel.
    We wanted to preserve the life and times of the car and we already have two cars that spend most of their lives in the garage. This is a driver

  18. True patina is like a fine wine. You can't "preserve" it. You either let it continue, or pop the cork and drink it.
  19. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,716

    Tech Editor

    A Volkswagen on a Drama Thread.

    Two wrongs dont make a right...
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