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Sealing Patina

Patina is the new found happy place of old vehicle owners that don’t want to spring for an expensive paint job that can get scratched or ruined by normal wear and tear.

Some need to make patina, some need to learn how to faux paint patina, and some need a quick and effective way to preserve an 80 plus year old patina on the fly.

On the RodRides Community Built Opa truck, we still are working on many of the future deciding factors of the build. However, we do know that we are keeping the cab, so we want to go ahead and seal it the best we can to prevent any future corrosion.


Sealing Patina

With a little elbow grease, you can preserve the patina you have and ensure that the elements don’t go deeper than the surface rust that already exists.

This project will take you about 5 hours for a scrub down and coat and it’s recommended that you repeat it until water beads on the surface. Also, this is a process that will need to be repeated every 6 months or so as the elements degrade the polish. Another approach to sealing patina is to flat coat it.



1. Spray the surface down first. Soak a Brillo pad in water for a few seconds and start scrubbing the surface. The goal is it flatten out the surface rust to the best of your ability.

2. Sprinkle the surface with Bar Keepers Friend, this will help remove some of the rust and flatten it out by scrubbing it.

3. Continue to scrub it with your Brillo Pad, spray with water, and move to the rough (green side) of the sponge.

4. Rinse off the Bar Keepers Friend, this will take a couple of sprays and wipes with the yellow part of the sponge.

5. Allow it to air dry until it’s completely dry BEFORE applying High Gloss Floor Polish.

6. Liberally pour High Gloss Floor Polish on cotton knit rags, spread generously, but evenly on surface.

6. Repeat process every 24-48 hours until surface is smooth and water is beading on it. Once the water stops beading on it after 3-6 months (depending on how harsh the elements are), it’s time to do it again!