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Great fake patina

I love the way that a properly patinaed truck looks, but obviously rust never sleeps. That said, I don't really like most of the fake patina jobs I've seen, as they look kind of cheesy. This F-100 is perfectly done in my opinion, however, as it won't rust, but it still looks weathered. What do you think? Check out all the details on the patina process here.




 
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First , let me say I don't like the "patina" fad that is so popular lately. To me "patina" means "needs paint". I like nice shiny paint even if it's from a $30 can of hardware store paint and has a few runs. To go through the hassle of making a vehicle to look like crap is stupid IMHO. You asked what I thought.
 
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First , let me say I don't like the "patina" fad that is so popular lately. To me "patina" means "needs paint". I like nice shiny paint even if it's from a $30 can of hardware store paint and has a few runs. To go through the hassle of making a vehicle to look like crap is stupid IMHO. You asked what I thought.
I'm with you Bob .
I don't see why someone would go to the effort of rebuilding a truck , but leave it looking crap with ratty paint and body .
By the way I have seen the red truck is now for sale down here in Aus .
 
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I love it . Exactly the look i'm after for my 56. My wife doesn't understand why I got the body dipped to remove everything only to replace it with an old look. I guess she will never understand.
 
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Thing is, when that paint really does start to age and weather, it will look silly.. Competent body work and paint is very expensive, so the trend or fad of "patina" makes some sense. If the original paint on a truck isn't too bad, it looks OK to me, I like it. The colors are not reproduced today for some reason.

There is also some advantage to not worrying about every dent, scratch or blemish, and just letting it rock with honest wear and tear. It is a truck after all, and not a trailer queen. Right? Every truck is different, especially and particularly "survivors". In some cases original paint and the rest of it will bring a premium at sale. Sometimes original paint, the whole package together, just kinda looks good, sometimes not. It's like what that Justice on the court said about pornography.
 
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It's cheaper but a heck of a lot more work! Some like it, some hate it, but have fun with it!

, it's hot rodding!
 
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If that's what someone likes then great. But if I ever buy one I'd price it as needing a repaint. I actually think that one in particular looks a bit odd.
 
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I get both sides of the argument. For those that can afford it or have the time and skill to make one shine by themselves, my hat is off to you. If it's sprayed well and it's not an off-the-wall crazy color, shiny paint will win the poll of public opinion every time. But at well into 4 figures and maybe 5, a quality paint job is prohibitively expensive for some folks. Even beyond the monetary cost, the quality of body work necessary to justify making that kind of an investment in paint is beyond the skill level of many that enjoy this hobby. Even if they have the ability to do the body work themselves, it could potentially keep their truck off the road for years. Cripes - I don't know how many stories I've read on here about guys who can't even PAY to get it done in a reasonable period of time!

And so as the cost to paint a car reaches farther and farther into the stratosphere, the patina movement grows. Scratches and chips? Oh, well. Rain and bugs on the way to the show? No problem. Forgot the glass cleaner to polish your underbody mirrors? Big deal. They're driving them. They're out there on the road and not stuck in the body shop. Every ding, scrape and wrinkle tells a story. And since the patina look works the best with a stone cold stock body, most of them are being perfectly preserved for the next guy or even the next generation. And here's the real kicker - it seems like the well-worn looking trucks always seem to get more thumbs up on the road and comments at the gas pump.

Paint 'em however you want. Enjoy 'em however you want. But keep them out there. Keep them on the road.
 
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I totally understand the reasoning behind the "patina" fad for some. I painted my truck 25 years ago, I used PPG acrylic urethane red, at the time I think I paid less than $200 for a gallon plus hardener and reducer. about 15 years I scratched one of the rear fenders and a quart cost me something like $100. I would guess a gallon of the same paint now would probably be in the $500+ range. I understand not everyone can afford that, at this point I can't afford it. I also do all my own paint work, I'm an OK painter, so that saves some $$$ there. But, you can pick up a gallon of tractor restoration paint and all the fixings for around $100. And if you don't have the equipment or skill most car guys have buddies who can do it.

Again, I can understand leaving their vehicles in the rough condition is a financial necessity for some and I do agree it's more important to enjoy your ride. I've know many car guys who have had their vehicles sitting for years in their garage because they are looking for NOS exhaust clamps or some other generic part because it had to be completely stock but, for others I think it's goofy to be proud because your vehicle looks like crap, especially the guys who spray clear over the rot, and especially the guys who do the faux patina, to me a lot of wasted time and money to make a crappy looking vehicle. I work like hell to make my vehicle look original in which I remove a lot of what the faux guys are applying. I had an online discussion in group with a few guys who were all into "patina". Their argument was the truck was original only once. This, in my opinion, is a stupid argument since the guys owned trucks that had custom suspension lowered into the weeds, narrowed rear ends with huge tires and super modified Chevy engines stuffed under the hoods. I may be wrong but I don't think Ford originally used any 2000 era Chevy engines in their trucks back in the '50s.
 
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Very good points, Bob!

I loved my truck before I got it painted. I didn't have to wash it. I could haul things in it with out worrying about scratching the bed. I even stood on the front fenders and the bed sides to attach nets to soccer goals!

Just this past week someone, I think it was a former student, said, "I remember that truck. It was painted all different colors." I had to explain that it was a green truck with lots of rust and red primer showing through.

If I had kept it as it was I wouldn't be driving it today. Just before I got it fixed up and painted the garage told me it will not pass inspection anymore due to rust holes. It was literally rusting away to nothing. Something had to be done. Spraying clear over it would not have saved it.

See the rust stains on my concrete driveway!


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I just like the look of patina. My truck is covered in so many rust pits that I had to make the decision to spend the time to fill in all those pits, or do a faux-tina paint job. I decided to go with the faux-tina because of some of the points brought up above. I don't have to worry about driving it in the rain. I dont have to worry abut driving up my parents dirt driveway. I dont have to worry about dents or dings, or leaving tools on the fenders while I am working on the truck. I did all the rust work to get rid of all the rot, so I don't have to worry about the truck falling apart. I get much more thumbs up and comments to leave the truck as it is than I do people asking when I am going to "finish" the truck.
 
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To my mind patina is just original paint & body that while looking a little rough just shows honest wear and age. This is mostly seen in Western states trucks, there's no rust to speak of, just sun baked and surface oxidation.

 
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I like both styles. That fake patina doesn't look too bad although I usually absolutely hate the fake patina. It seems like most of the guys who hate the real patina are the guys who put in time and money to make their trucks shine with a nice paint job.and now patina is popular and they aren't fans. My truck has great patina with all matching fenders and everything and I like how it looks. Since I wanted a truck to drive not to show, I decided to save the money on the exterior paint and body work and blow my budget on updating to a modern suspension and adding a coyote with new trans so I can drive the heck out of it and not worry about it getting dirty. I just always thought it would be sweet to pull onto the freeway in a truck looking like a beater and then hit the gas and surprise some people. To each his own, I just hope I can get mine on the road while patina is still cool
 
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I just like the look of patina. My truck is covered in so many rust pits that I had to make the decision to spend the time to fill in all those pits, or do a faux-tina paint job. I decided to go with the faux-tina because of some of the points brought up above. I don't have to worry about driving it in the rain. I dont have to worry abut driving up my parents dirt driveway. I dont have to worry about dents or dings, or leaving tools on the fenders while I am working on the truck. I did all the rust work to get rid of all the rot, so I don't have to worry about the truck falling apart. I get much more thumbs up and comments to leave the truck as it is than I do people asking when I am going to "finish" the truck.
You make good points, too, Nick. I think your truck is cool. Another point for is that in 98-99 when the truck went to the shop, no one ever heard of faux-tina and real patina wasn't cool.
 
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Nice to see the original patina Abe, and on the truck too. lol
 

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