View single post by William Dunlap
 Posted: Thu May 15th, 2014 04:26 am
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William Dunlap

Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
What's to understand? Either you have the type of personality that appreciates the original untouched state of an object or you don't. I don't think this is a learned trait.
I had a friend with a 1951 Jaguar sedan that was nearly 100% original. Hard to find in that condition. It had the paint so thin from repeated waxings you could see the primer underneath. In my opinion, it had NO patina whatsoever on it. Rather it had the signs of an owner who cared about it as more than just a car and lavished love and attention on it for it's entire life. Something like this needs to find another owner with the same love of the car when it gets passed on. Can you imagine the sacrilege of someone taking something like that and chopping the roof and lowering it, dropping a Chevvy V8 in in it with spoolies?Yeesh....Something like that applies to fans although some get carried away with it.For me, I'm simply not interested in perfectly unrestored original anything and I won't own anything I think is too historically important that I shouldn't restore it.Restoring is what I do, not collecting. For me it's about the work and the finished product.I will respect the historically significant pieces and maybe pass them on to Steve or someone who appreciates them more appropriately.
Patina is a frequently mis-used word, but for me it's what happens when you're too busy to take care of something properly.

I just wanted to add that most of the objects we collect will not last forever, and in fact if they are NOT restored will likely just patina away into uselessness. So just something to think about. Those who are preserving a piece for posterity maybe only just delaying the eventual restoration.B.

Last edited on Thu May 15th, 2014 04:31 am by William Dunlap