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Old 11-27-2018, 09:27 PM   #1
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I am mechanically restoring our '29 Tudor but would like to keep the body with the "barn fresh" look that it now has. That said, I would like to brighten it up a bit, but not too much. For example, I do not wish to put a satin clear coat on it, which is what I have seen on some hot rods. I may just put nothing on it, but if there's something I could put on it that would brighten it up just a little bit and also protect the metal I would do so. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:40 PM   #2
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Gibbs Brand oil.Only place I have found it is on Ebay.Not the Joe Gibbs motor oil but Gibbs oil in a spray can.I have cleaned and brightened a few items with this stuff and it does not have silicones in it to screw up any painting later on.Lots of uses for it like gun oil rust preventive.
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:29 PM   #3
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A good coat of wax will stop further decay and keep it looking weathered.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:51 AM   #4
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light 4 ought steel wool in any badly rusted spots and a nice coat of carnuba wax by hand to finish.
I also use carnuba on old tin and porcelain signs. gives a dull sheen and preserves.


whether using oil or wax, must do this a couple of times a year.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:09 AM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestions, gentlemen. Bj
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:45 AM   #6
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A good coat of wax will stop further decay and keep it looking weathered.
That's what I used on my 1950 Studebaker with original paint. It helped a lot to shine up the good paint, and to remove the light rust showing on the tops of the hood and front fenders.
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:46 AM   #7
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When you decide what you want to try, try it 1st on a very small inconspicuous spot, see if you get the desired results. If you have rust, make sure to try a rusty area, waxing/coating can turn the area dark brown, paste type waxes may look white/powdery - difficult to remove.


I tried using lemon pledge applied to a cotton or microfiber cloth, and rubbed into the paint by hand, no power tools. Since my paint is lacquer from the early 60s, did not want a high gloss. The downside is that it only lasted a few weeks, and it does not hold up to washing.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:13 AM   #8
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Tom, What wax did you use? I have the same situation with my 29 Roadster that I want to leave the original paint on.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:32 AM   #9
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Light steel wool or lightly buff the rusty areas with fine sandpaper, then lightly rub down the whole thing with a cloth dampened with kerosene, let dry in the open before putting away. Not permanent and you can rewipe down whenever you want. Throw away any old oil soaked rags...DO NOT store them! Fire hazard!
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:46 AM   #10
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Here are a few of many previous posts/strings on this subject, hope they are helpful.


If you want more info, and are willing to wade through tons of info, you can try using usining advanced search and try searching on patena, was, wax, etc.


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=252150


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ghlight=patina


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...=patina&page=2


Eastwood Patina preserver http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11621575.htm


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ghlight=patina
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Old 11-28-2018, 12:25 PM   #11
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Good Morning all...I have known several 'Old Car' guys who have used Johnson and Johnson paste furniture wax on their Model 'A's and Packards and such and it gives a nice dull but shiny appearance and preserves...does not seem to turn white in the corners...pretty good stuff...Ernie in Arizona
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Old 11-28-2018, 01:01 PM   #12
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Good Morning all...I have known several 'Old Car' guys who have used Johnson and Johnson paste furniture wax on their Model 'A's and Packards and such and it gives a nice dull but shiny appearance and preserves...does not seem to turn white in the corners...pretty good stuff...Ernie in Arizona
I second that. After discovering that SC Johnson stuff I use in on just about everything.
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To easily keep that "barn" fresh look, just leave the car parked in the "barn"!
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Old 11-28-2018, 03:43 PM   #14
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Lemon pledge works real good or as I saw at Harrahs auto collection 35 years ago Endust
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:18 PM   #15
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I use Johnson paste wax works good need to do yearly
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:10 AM   #16
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Linseed oil will stop it getting worse, but it darkens the finish over time.
I've not used gibs oil but it might be just the thing you're looking for.
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Old 11-29-2018, 07:56 AM   #17
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That's what I used on my 1950 Studebaker with original paint. It helped a lot to shine up the good paint, and to remove the light rust showing on the tops of the hood and front fenders.
What’s going on with the blue tires?

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What’s going on with the blue tires?

Very nice looking car.

Is that your date waiting for you?
That blue looks like the water based ink they used to put on new tires to protect the whitewalls.
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:09 PM   #19
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Tom, What wax did you use? I have the same situation with my 29 Roadster that I want to leave the original paint on.
It was the standard can of Turtle paste wax.


The blue is the protective coating on my new radial tires. Soap and warm water didn't remove it, and I still haven't found my Westley's whitewall cleaner. I kind of like the blue.


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SOS pads (with the soap in them) have been the whitewall cleaner for years.
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