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    I finished my build to the point of inspection this spring, washed, and wiped the entire thing down with an oily rag to protect the finish, well my love of gravel roads and living 4 miles from the highway with an oily ray rod steered me to try and find a better solution.

    I considered putting linseed oil on it, dad said it may not harden... since it's oil. So I applied a liberal coat of out to am old patina'd sign I had... and low and behold after a few days it did indeed *mostly dry (I'd say like 95% cure)
    heres the sign coated..
    well, that gave me the proof I needed to take the dive and slop it all over my rat rod in an attempt at natural preservation.

    After wash:
    I just grabbed a clean shop rag, saturated it in linseed oil and liberally applied it to every part of the body... it does look good so far. It is a little oily being fresh, a few bugs landed in it and are maybe stuck... I'm hoping they can be wiped away after it cures up.

    ps.. I dunno what happened here it wont let me put the last 2 pics full size.

    Anyway, I coated it and am going on vacation for a few days and I'm leaving it outside in the sun. Hopefully when we get home after a few days its cured up nicely.
    I wanted to avoid giving it a spray on clear coat as I'm worried if it ever started to lift or bubble... what would you do?? Its such a permanent step to take.​​
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    Dumped a few pics I took... it hasn't spent much of its completcompleted life this clean and shiny, so I grabbed some pics... last three taken just before dark (everything looks better at night 😎)

    What do you do to protect your patina??
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    • #3
      Honestly, it took decades to make the patina. If you really want to leave it looking like original patina, I wouldn't do a thing with it. Just let it be. 10, 20, or 30 years will go by before it changes significantly.


      • #4
        I ended up liking the linseed oil treatment, an original patina is dull in my opinion, and i dont like the idea of a clear coat treatment as i feel it's too risky and permanent. Linseed is a good happy medium.
        but each to their own :)

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            What an incredible difference. Looks super.
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