9-Year Patina

In recent years, classic cars that have faded paint and surface rust from decades of exposure to the environment have become more accepted instead of only cars with showroom-quality paint. I’m not sure if that applies to cars that aren’t even a decade old, though.


This 2011 Honda Accord was in the shop recently, and it has had the worst paint failure I’ve seen. There have been cars from several manufacturers over the last 20 years with clearcoat failures, but this is so bad even the paint seems to have gone and the whole hood is showing rust. If this car was 4 times as old this might be desirable, but this just looks bad.

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