Flat Clear - "Patina" Job Advice

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by JZRIV, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. JZRIV

    JZRIV Platinum Level Contributor

    I can't believe I am even asking this because anyone who knows me, knows I fix up detail, restore, whatever I have. Never a fan of the crusty patina look but wife tells me I need to think outside the box on these things, live on the edge. So I am really stepping out of my comfort zone here. LOL

    I am looking at a potential candidate (Not Buick) where I might want to do this so am asking anyone who has done it, what is involved to protect the finish yet not change its appearance. Are you happy you did it and any other opinions? The paint is "western" weathered and solid surface rust in places.

    Or is there a better route/treatment to take than clearing it?
    I am a little hesitant because it got like it is because it came from an arid climate. Had it been sitting here in PA it would be a ball of rust hence the reason I feel the need to try and protect what mother nature has took 40 years to create.

    I see Eastwood makes "Patina Preserver". Imagine that. No idea whats in it.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019
  2. Valtalma

    Valtalma Member

    No answers ? I have exactly the same question. My new-to-me 68 Riviera has some solid surface rust throughout the body and I was wandering if some sort of treatment that is NOT a full repaint would work?
  3. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    Clear? All over with many many thin coats?????
  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Rub with Beeswax
  5. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    A lot of guys just clear over it after a really good cleaning, but I don't like it glossy, it looks fake to me. Flat clear would probably work. Me personally, I just keep the good bits waxed and let the rust do what it wants where it is.
  6. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Maybe look into the Eastwood product? Like, what is it chemically? Also look for reviews on the product and do a search - other enthusiats message boards may contain further “reviews”

    Try the Jalopy Journal/the HAMB board as it is full of traditional hot rods and customs. Lots of patina fans there. Likely to find a number of different techniques
  7. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Lot of the hot rod patina guys use satin clear.
    I've also heard numerous recommendations for boiled linseed oil.

    I have a '40 truck, it's only got about 50% paint left on it, rest is surface rust. I've not done anything to it, but I seldom drive it/ never in the rain/ its garaged. I've fallen in love with the textured/mottled appearance.

  8. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    I would leave it alone. It'll get worse but if you keep it out of the slop it won't deteriorate quickly.

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