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Old 01-05-2018, 02:56 AM   #1
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How to restore patina?

Rather than leaving my 1950 truck alone for 6 months to figure which direction I wanted to go I started removing the paint off of all the fenders. Looking back at the pictures when I first picked it up I am now kicking myself for doing this. The cab, hood, bed and doors are untouched and I have been wondering if there is a way to match decades old paint with a faux patina or do I just keep moving on? I dont want to have a pristine looking paint job so I am leaning to either a complete paint job that looks aged or do I try to match the old?
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 01-05-2018, 09:33 AM   #2
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Re: How to restore patina?

It is definitely possible to match old patina, but you have to make sure to match the original process as much as possible. It looks to me that your truck was painted before with a custom color which you will have to match. Compounding the difficulty is that it appears to have some metallic in it. That will make it really hard to get the new paint to look the same as the old faded metallic paint.

On my truck, I repainted one part to match the original paint. Can you tell which part? I hope not Essentially what I did was match the original paint process as close as possible. As in, using black sealer/primer and then color matched single stage paint. Once the paint was new and shiny like it came, I started weathering it by slowly sanding it down with various sandpaper and steel wool grades. Many have scoffed at me for this, but it's how I wanted it to look! The result was a very close match to the original faded paint.

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Old 01-05-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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I like it. It looks all original to me.
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Old 01-05-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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Re: How to restore patina?

Park it in the back yard for 50 years, that will do it.

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Old 01-05-2018, 03:51 PM   #5
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Re: How to restore patina?

I think it looks great. I prefer the old look primarily because your not going to focus on minor waviness or dings and I wont be paranoid of someone scratching it in the parking lot.Perhaps I will practice on some bare sheet metal and see how that works out. If not I will go with a matte or dull finish anyways.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:52 PM   #6
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Brian, I only wish I had 50 more years I might take you up on it but I will probably be taking the long dirt nap by then, LOL.
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:25 PM   #7
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Hewitt...im gonna take a stab at it and say the bed........did I win?...............................confession time[I cheated]...do I still win? hahaha..I actually thought maybe the door at first...it has a little different sheen to it...truck looks great btw
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Old 01-05-2018, 04:51 PM   #8
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Re: How to restore patina?

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I think it looks great. I prefer the old look primarily because your not going to focus on minor waviness or dings and I wont be paranoid of someone scratching it in the parking lot.Perhaps I will practice on some bare sheet metal and see how that works out. If not I will go with a matte or dull finish anyways.
Thanks for the input.
That's how I feel. I also use my truck for truck things and this way I really don't care if it gets the occasional bump or scratch. I do try to be careful, but it doesn't bother me if it does happen.

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Hewitt...im gonna take a stab at it and say the bed........did I win?...............................confession time[I cheated]...do I still win? hahaha..I actually thought maybe the door at first...it has a little different sheen to it...truck looks great btw
Haha, yes you win 5 internets. Oh sorry, that's an old joke. After looking at the pic again, you are right the door does look slightly different. I've noticed in person too that each panel kinda has its own character. Sometimes I think the bed doesn't look like it matches at all, and other times I think the whole truck looks mismatched and the bed looks fine.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:19 PM   #9
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Park it in the back yard for 50 years, that will do it.

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I just knew you'd have a funny remark Brian!

One doesn't have to linger here on this forum long to learn how much you (me too for that matter) hate faux-tina!

No disrespect to Dongray. We understand that you are only trying to right a wrong by your own admission.

I hope you find an acceptable solution.... just don't clear it!!
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #10
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Re: How to restore patina?

Patina can be matched, and faux-tina doesn't have to be ugly. I had to replace the rear cross sill under the tailgate and fix the door bottoms, fender bottoms, and hood edges on my dad's '66. I bought a kit at Hobby Lobby that uses paint with iron particles to add real rust, and layered the paint/primer the same way the old paint was. Used a rolled up rag soaked in lacquer thinner to work through the top layer of paint without sanding, then did a very thin brown "wash coat" on top of that to help match the grungy look. The whole truck was cleared with flattened SPI Universal clear after thoroughly scuffing it to get the oxidized paint and primer off.


Before- holes in doors, hood, the rear bed sill was rotted through, and the paint looked really "dry".








Shot with brown primer, then red paint, "mopped" with a thinner soaked rag. Before spraying with the over-thinned brown wash coat.




After the wash coat.






After doing this piece I figured out to used over-thinned black paint to darken the rust spots to make them match better.


After scuffing and clearing.









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