Giving New Parts an Antique Finish

Rob Skinner's goal in restoring gas engines is to make them look as original as possible. To that end, he needs to paint the parts and then age them to the tune of a hundred years, giving new parts an antique finish.

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Rob Skinner uses a torch with a carburizing flame to deposit soot on freshly painted parts, then heats the parts up with a neutralized flame, baking the soot into the paint. The process will add many years to the look of a piece.
Photo courtsey Rob Skinner