POLISHING THE PATINA
With the car roadworthy, the last job is to sort the paint. Decades of dirt, tree sap, mould and algae have eaten into the paint surface, fading it badly. I’d already cleaned it with heavy-duty degreaser and a scrubbing brush, which removed the worst of the green fungus, but I was left with ingrained dirt that wouldn’t move easily. I have a great trick for all paintwork which I learnt from my Porsche days, and I thought was worth a try here.
Basically, it involves four stages: washing, cleaning, feeding and finally sealing the paint finish. The work usually takes four to six hours. Sure enough, even on my flat, faded paint, it did the trick, as the pictures show.