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PostSubject: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:29 am

A guy on the Station Wagon Forum sent me this link. He used two rolls of this to re-wood his Olds Vista Cruiser three years ago and it still looks new. It's the best price I've seen for need wood. I'm about to order two rolls for the '78 Electra wagon that my son and I are doing. Worth considering! http://www.jcwhitney.com/wood-grain-customizing-kit/p2006573.jcwx

We'll see how it works!

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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:36 am

Take plenty of pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:38 am

silverfox103 wrote:
Take plenty of pictures.

Tom

You know I will Tom! Ha!

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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:27 am

if you need a hand send me a one way plane ticket and what you call a clunker to drive home with
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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:06 pm

The key to good “vinyl woodgrain” lies in its ability to resist UV radiation from sunlight. The only product that I’ve found that really holds up well to sunlight is the original 3M DINOC. It’s interesting that the individual you reference says that the “Spartan” has held up well for 3 years. It would be more interesting if this person could provide some detail of the conditions, how much time does the vehicle spend exposed to sunlight and what part of the country is he from? If the car is garaged most of the time and he’s from, say, northern Montana, then his results will be far different from someone in Texas whose car is outside 24/365.

DINOC is still being sold on Ebay, but I don’t know if it is the same product as was originally supplied to GM for our wagons. I recently heard some things that make me think that this might not be the case.

I purchased some 3M vinyl woodgrain from “Stripeman” about 3 years ago (at a high price) and it has performed very poorly. For just over $100 I obtained enough to cover the light wood trim moldings on my ’95 “Roady”. After two years in PA, it started to break down, and now it's disintegrating.

My current solution is to replace it with vinyl from “dcFix”. I’ve used it before; it’s inexpensive and great looking stuff, and easy to apply---but from prior experience—it will not hold up well to sunlight. So I’m going to try spraying it will clear UV protectant, which is available in “rattle cans” from both Krylon and Rustoleum.

We’ll see, I guess!
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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:11 pm

I guess we'll see. The '78 Electra will live under the carport most of the time, so will be shaded...at least until Eddie starts parking the Electra at his high school in a few years. For now, the price on that stuff is attractive. That Electra will never be a show car, but hopefully this will make it less of an eyesore for my wife. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Spartan Woodgrain From JC Whitney   Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:23 pm

I've applied perhaps 10-15 panels of the original DINOC. A unique characteristic is that it doesn't stretch very much, even with a mild application of heat from a heat gun. Supposedly, the current DINOC will stretch, which makes me think that it's not the same.

Have fun and good luck! New woodgrain makes a huge difference!
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