What is this craze of people leaving their truck or cars rusty and crusty looking?  Is it a fad or is it something hear to stay? I am certain the patina trend started with the “rat rod” folks. Rat rods where cars or trucks pieced together with whatever spare parts you had laying around the garage or stuff you could purchase cheaply in a junkyard. Rat rods have been around since the 50’s when GI’s came back from war, they wanted to build a hot rod inexpensively and focus on going fast not necessarily worried about the looks of the vehicle. As time progressed the rat rod craze took hold with people that didn’t have the money to spend on body and paintjobs but preferred to just build something on their own and focus on function over form.

1954 Chevy with killer patina

The patina trend was born from that and naturally like anything has progressed to what you see today. A typical Patina truck will wear the same original body but be completely transformed into a modern riding and driving vehicle underneath.  The more original the body with tons of faded paint, oxidized sheet metal, and even battle wounds like bullet holes and dents and dings the better!  The appeal for most is they love the nostalgic look of something that is 60 or 70 years old. Also, every truck is going to rust and fade differently. So, your truck is unique to you and no one else on the planet will have the same identical truck. For people that like to be different and stand apart from the crowd, a Patina car or truck is perfect. 

Colonel Mustard

The actual patina creation comes from a plethora of different things. Most often from sitting in field or by a barn for years in the elements. Mother nature is the most responsible for how patina takes shape and is born.  Typically, when sitting out in the elements and with the wind, snow, rain, etc. it takes it’s tool on the paint. The clear coat begins to fade and paint chips or wears off. Once that happens you expose the sheet metal below which then begins to oxide and create those rusty reds and browns. These rusty reds and browns then mix in with the faded original color to get what you call “Patina”. In addition to mother nature us humans help when we scratch, dent, or ding the vehicle and expose the metal to the elements thus expediting the patina process. Another way we help the process is by installing after market lights, bedrails, antenna’s, mirrors. As those pieces age the coating and metal from those start to bleed off into the paint leaving marks on the already exposed paint. Generally, you can tell how or where a truck had been sitting based on where the rust and patina is concentrated. Typically, the horizontal surfaces see more patina than the vertical surfaces. 

So wanting to have something unique, being able to spend your money on the drivetrain and suspension and the carefree notion of driving something that you aren’t worried about dents or dings (the more you give it the more character it has) are the main reasons why the Patina trend is here to stay.