Friday, March 1, 2013
From 1900 and into the early 1920’s the wooden bodies and wood-spoke wheels of early cars were painted by hand with a Badger-hair brush. The Badger hair was very fine and left virtually no brush-stroke marks. The paint pigment was very thin and so subsequently up to five coats were required to achieve proper coverage and hiding. This meant that the paint could take weeks to properly dry. Once dry, the paint was buffed by hand. Despite the painstaking work, within a year the paint had dulled and / or cracked or both. The paint was very hard and so was very brittle and subject to cracking. This method was replaced with nitrocellulose lacquer which had its own problems, fading and cracking because of weak pigment. However, it was still better than the old varnishes, and much faster.