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Before & After – How a Freshly Painted Farmboat Got its Wicked Patina

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on March 31, 2022

For most folks who are thinking about upgrading their car visually, they’re probably hoping that the end result shines and looks pretty much flawless. Anything less from a new paint job would frankly be a disappointment.

However, there are other styles that have been pretty popular over the years that don’t involve keeping the machine as clean as humanly possible. In fact, this style seems a lot less stressful.

The alternative to a shiny fresh coat of paint is trying to make the most of something that looks weathered and used. These rides showcase a little bit of rust, trying to preserve the perfect patina. While, to the untrained eye, a patina might look like a junky old finish, having something that looks like it has been weathered in just the right way is something that’s highly sought after by the right enthusiast.

For example, if we take a look at the one and only Farmtruck, we notice that the bright orange Chevrolet C10 has made no bones about embracing the weathering. In fact, it even sports a decal that says “please touch but do not clean.”

Therefore, when making replicas of the Farmtruck as the crew did when they built the Farmboat, they decided to try and copy the same patina from the OG Farmtruck. While the original truck sports a natural finish, the replica would need some artistic assistance.

At the end of the day, this “assistance” ended up being more of a challenge than executing a typical show-quality finish! In this particular project, the build started off with a freshly painted set of panels from a Chevrolet C10. When wanting this machine to look more like the original truck, patina had to be applied on top of the brand new paint job. This is definitely something that is a lot easier said than done.

While it might sound like creating a patina is as simple as leaving paint out in the weather, it goes so much deeper than that.

Down in the video below, we check in with a sight that might make some people’s stomachs crawl as a new paint job is “destroyed.” When it really comes down to it, though, being able to create a patina like this, especially when starting with a very fresh finish is very much an art that’s worth watching and one that has earned our respect.

Photo credit –  405 Photo / instagram 



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