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Services - Woodgraining & Engine Turning

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Woodgraining

We now offer quality woodgraining services for your restoration project using the latest Grain It Technologies methods. This means that your part will be woodgrained as it was at the factory, using wood graining plates and roller applicators (not hand painted). We use nothing but the best products from the substrate on up to the base and clear coat.

Trained by Grain-It Technologies

What Is Woodgraining?
Woodgraining is a faux finishing technique. A way to make something that is not wood look like wood. Our system is a old system used by many manufacturers from the 1920s until the mid 1950s. With this system you can woodgrain just about anything you can paint. In addition to dashes and garnish moldings, one can make a steel security door have the warm look of mahogany. Make a computer case look like cherry wood to match your cherry desk and office furniture.

The following process is applied to all parts that are to be woodgrained:

  • Media-blast part to bare metal.
  • Apply a zinc-rich etch primer.
  • Apply a primer surfacer.
  • Sand parts to prepare for base coat application.
  • Apply the base coat in the appropriate color for your vehicle - we have a database of correct colors for all vehicles.
  • Apply correct woodgrain for your vehicle per original factory specifications - we have a database for that as well.
  • Apply a high-gloss clear coat by Azko-Nobel
  • Wet sand clear coat.
  • Buff to a high, show-finish gloss using a 3-stage compound system.

Original factory woodgraining colors are shown below:

Actual colors may vary from computer screen colors

Click Here For Available Woodgraining Patterns

Cost Examples for Whole Car Woodgraining
Body Style
Cost
2 door, no rear side windows, (includes dashboard)
$ 990
2 door, with rear side windows, (includes dashboard)
$ 1090
4 door, no rear 1/4 windows, (includes dashboard)
$ 1190
4 door, with rear 1/4 windows, (includes dashboard)
$ 1290

Worldwide shipping is available. Some samples are shown below and more can be seen here.

Engine Turning

Engine turning refers to a fine geometric pattern that can be inscribed onto metal as a finish. Aluminium is often the metal chosen but any metal can be finely machined to produce intricate repetitive patterns that offer reflective interest and fine detail. Perhaps the most recognizable example of engine turning is the engine cowling of Charles Lindbergh's aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. In the 1920s and '30s, automobile parts such as valve covers, which are right on top of the engine, were also engine-turned. Similarly, dashboards or the instrument panel of the same were often engine-turned. Customizers also would decorate their vehicles with engine-turned panels similarly.