Trends in the automotive scene change over time. Paint schemes, engine options, tubbed or not tubbed, and so much more. In the last decade the Rat Rod scene has become huge, so much so the new choice of paint color isn’t even a color per say, it’s patina. Patina is technically a film that develops on the surface of a metal or other substance over time. In the automotive world patina is basically naturally worn paint and depending on the person, it could include rust (not patina to me). Patina has become so popular some show winning cars have been repainted with faux patina. These cars are still pristine inside and out, but they look like they have been sitting in a field for years thanks to excellent paint and airbrush work. The faux patina look isn’t my idea of excellence, I prefer the real deal, but to each their own. Below you will find a picture of a faux patina rod and a Beetle with real patina. The faux patina car is one which was covered by Hot Rod Magazine and has won tons of awards before the faux patina was applied.
People have their own opinions about Rat Rods and the patina look, but no matter how you look at it, most people are putting just as much work in to their Rat Rods and patina as people who do full restorations. Yes, they don’t look as pretty to some, but they are amazing pieces of work for the most part. It is obvious when you see a so-called Rat Rod which hasn’t had work done, they just don’t look right and don’t really represent the trend very well. I refer to them as Crap Rods not Rat Rods, mostly because they look terrible even for a Rat Rod. The Crap Rod is rarely seen, but you’ll know one when you see it.
So please if you are going to build a Rat Rod, take your time and do it right. Do your homework and make it awesome. It won’t necessarily take money, but it will take time, but it’ll be worth it. Everyone’s interpretation of a Rat Rod is different and these are just my thoughts. Thanks for reading.