How to Age Automotive Paint Guide

Fri, 07/03/2009 - 16:26

These days the big look in car paint is known as ‘patina’ and a car with a quality patina is one that still has the factory paint but has sat outside in poor shape for decades and currently has a mix of corrosion, wind damage, water stains and dull paint which creates an old and weather-beaten look of the vehicle. But you can create a fake patina on your own by aging your paint. For this reason, you have to know about how to age automotive paint. Here we will describe this procedure with a 1951 Chevrolet pickup but it is applicable for almost all types of vehicles.

Things you’ll need:

You will require following things to start:

  • Airbrush
  • Automotive paint in white, brown, red and orange
  • Automotive reducer
  • Mixing cup
  • Red scuffing pad
  • 200-grit sandpaper

Step 1:

Now take a red scuffing pad and use it to rub your entire car.

Step 2:

Now sand the higher portion of the driver’s door panel with the help of 200-grit sandpaper. At this step you are supposed make your car look similar to the factory paint it had before the driver hanging his arm out the car window, if possible then sit in the vehicle and hang your arm out to make out where it would sit. After that sand properly

Step 3:

Now use the reducer and a mixing cup to diminish the white paint nearly 50 percent.

Step 4:

When you find any bolt or crevice on the vehicle, airbrush the white paint in streaks. Usually water stains come from a bolt, create a pale tint to the paint. Airbrush near the door handle, the tailgate, the moldings on the top of the cab, and any other trimmings. If you find it too much then make use of a red scuffing pad after to sand it.

Step 5:

Now make two mixtures where one with a 50-percent mix of reducer and brown paint and other mixture with reducer of same quantity with orange color paint.

Step 6:

Next airbrush the reduced brown on areas that are usually rusted for instance seam

Step 7:

Use airbrush to apply the reduced orange to the brown areas.


Step 8:

Now it is time to observe your work. In case if you feel to add more white or rust, then do it. Otherwise if you feel it heavy then sand down the paint you did.

These simple steps let you enable to age automotive paint your vehicle in an easy way with least effort at all.

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