QOTD: Patina?


Yes, I believe it’s about time that I express my true feelings about patina and ask about yours. It was a pleasure meeting you all and sharing my stories.

Patina, for those of you coming for the edutainment, is usually used to define a layer that forms on the surface of certain metals through age and exposure. The most notorious case is the statue of liberty, which acquired its shade of green around 1900 or so due to the magic of chemistry and nobody bothering to polish the thing. This may actually be a good thing as patina provides a protective coating to metals. For our purposes we’ll use the more modern and general definition of the word, which refers to any signs of age and wear and tear.


We don’t shun vehicles that carry their age proudly here at CC, we even had a whole week dedicated to patina (Finale here) Indeed, if anything patina is a badge of honor here. Something cars carry proudly as a badge of their time on this planet and all the stories they’ve been a part of through the years. But…


Unlike copper, run of the mill steel doesn’t just turn green and gets a protective layer, remove the paint of a car and it’ll leave it’s primer and bare metal exposed to corrosion and water and all those nasty things that are detrimental for vehicle survival in the first place. It’s not that they don’t look interesting, patina can create an entire array of interesting shapes and colors on the car’s surface. But I can’t help but think just how cool would the car look in its original color. A patina’d 1940’s Pontiac can look good, but one resprayed in period correct black would look even better.

But that’s just like…my opinion man, what do you think?