by Mike –
Why do I write about “patina” so much? I think it is because “patina” is an over used and abused concept designed to sell classic cars at a higher price than they would otherwise command. This is not good for the classic car collectors.
Don’t forget that dirt is not patina and rust is not desirable, no matter what the auctioneer or the guy with his own TV car show says.
I am always wary of any auction company or sales guy description of “what a wonderful patina this paint has” or just about any sentence with “patina” in it designed to sell me a car.
The paint patina is the first to go bad naturally because the paint is exposed to the elements much more than the interior. It is quite normal to find a collector car with an original interior and one respray 5 to 10 years ago. Any original paint job that has lasted 40 years or more probably has an ugly patina unless it never went out into the sun or the weather.
The interior, however, can last much longer if cared for and stored properly because it is not exposed to the same damaging elements as the paint.
Below is a video, actually a slide show, about patina.