Rick’s Collector Car Tips – Patina is an art form

Cars and trucks with patina continue to grow in popularity. Per Wikipedia, patina refers to accumulated changes in surface texture and color that result from normal use of an object.   Hot rodding adds style to the patina trend. Faded paint, surface rust, and exposed primer are all part of the allure.

Instead of having a $10,000-$20,000 custom paint job, the money is spent on performance, handling, and reliability.

photo courtesy of Car-from-UK.com

How do you find a classic car with the right amount of patina? Sometimes it’s not that easy. You need to find a car or truck that is weathered but not completely deteriorated.  If that can’t be found with the type of  vehicle you want, make your own patina. Creating it consists of sanding down and dulling the paint, creating weathered looking door lettering, and other tactics.   There are a lot of videos and articles out there to help you accomplish this look.

patina pick-up truck

Some of these patina cars and trucks are sold for a significant amount of money.   It’s all about what is cool.  And right now, a well-done patina hot rod is bringing the same passion as a full-blown custom car.

patina coupe

What is your take?   Do you like them?  Would you want to build or own one?   What is the coolest patina car you have seen? Share it on our Facebook page!

patina pickup truck

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Rick Drewry

Collector Car Senior Specialist at American Modern Insurance Group
Rick Drewry is the senior claims specialist, Collector Vehicle & Motorcycle, at American Modern Insurance Group. He has been passionate about collector cars since he was a kid. He has owned and restored collector cars for 30 years.

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