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1947 Chevy Stylemaster: Patina Potential

1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster

We’ve been quite busy lately working on all of our projects and lately my attention has mostly been on polishing and waxing our Torino (update coming soon!). As I’ve watched the paint come back to life, it’s made me realize just how much potential old paint can have. I’m not sure why so many people jump to repainting a car when they might be able to save what’s there with some elbow grease and a little polish. As I look at this all original 1947 Chevy Stylemaster, I see so much potential in the original paint. Sure it won’t be even or as perfect as new paint will be, but the patina this car has would be impossible to replicate and could look so amazing with a little work! You can find this survivor here on eBay in Defuniak Springs, Florida with bidding just over $2k. The seller claims to have bought it as a restoration project off of a farm in Alabama, but doesn’t have time for it, so they are selling it. They’ve already done the work to get it running and driving, so the next owner can focus on making it look good! So would you polish the original paint or just skip straight to repainting this Chevy?


  1. Bill Gillooly

    People don’t want to use any elbow grease!

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  2. Rovinman

    All depends on what kind of paint was used originally.
    In UK we used Cellulose until it was banned and 2 Pack became “De-rigeur”, then Acrylic water based.
    Cellulose could ALWAYS be refreshed, Brasso / Silver polish, was better than T-cut !

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  3. Scott Allison

    I’d repaint. This old girl deserves some major TLC.

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  4. Rocco

    Cool old car.

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  5. DENIS

    I love patina…it’s fun cleaning n polishing with primer showing through. I had a ’50 Plymouth coupe, all original paint-dark blue with red primer showing through…I waxed the hell out of it, kept the chrome polished and it got waaay more attention than the trailer queens…cost of repaint now outweighs the upside value of this little honey…just TLC….

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  6. don

    cool old car! bid up to $2700, and reserve not met. little out of my price range.

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  7. jim s

    sound like the seller is just testing to see what kind of interest there is. i hope the reserve is not to high as this car needs a good home. .

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  8. Matt Tritt

    Where does “patina” end and rust-through start? This car will soon be over that divide if something isn’t done to reverse the process, and I’m not referring to rubbing it out. The chrome is headed for irreversible pitting in several places and enough body metal has disolved into rust streaks to warrant serious restoration; before it goes too far.

    It’s a neat car that diserves proper attention.

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  9. Ed P

    Now this car has patina and some rust. Fix the rust and shine up the rest. I wish the seller had more interior and some engine pictures.

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  10. blindmarc

    At 3k now. I’d drive it & fix when needed. Needs more interior and engine pics.

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  11. oldnash

    Unless the grill has been swapped out, this is a 1948 not a 47. Makes me wonder what the title says.

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