Has auto restoration and custom car building “Jumped the shark?” A growing but hopefully short lived trend is the attempt to make a new custom car or completely rebuilt car look old and worn, this is not the same as leaving an original unrestored with scratches, dings and dents as is, fake patina creates new damage and distress where none exists. Is there anything more phony or pointless than introducing holes, rust and faded paint to make a car look like an unrestored original?
Fake patina is an attempt to gain credibility and reputation without time and effort, trying to say you were there or the car was there when, in fact, it’s not true.
Fake patina may be a sign the builder has run out of ideas and would rather be dishonest than creative, it’s like a 20 year old dying his hair gray.
If this trend continues for too long it will be a sign that at least a part of the hot rod community has burned out and perhaps they should move on to something else.
Update: A comment below made me rethink what I wrote here and as I look at it, it’s a bit harsh, I must have been having a very rare (for me) bad day. I think the idea I had in mind as I wrote it was someone who was adding fake patina to a car with the intention of misleading others, motivated by the thought of fast cash. If someone simply wants to finish a car this way because he likes the look, that’s another matter entirely and whether anyone else likes the look really does not matter. Nuff said.