There are many weird and bizarre after-market car products, particularly in the off-road and SUV arena. One that comes to mind is spray-on mud, which was seen as the ultimate accessory for the 4×4-driving city driver.
“With spray-on mud, they can make it look like they’ve been off-road instead of just driving to the shops and back,” Colin Dowse, a business consultant in Shropshire who markets the product, told the Guardian in 2005.
If there was one group of 4×4 enthusiasts whose vehicles are plastered in genuine mud, it’s Land Rover Defender owners. In fact, aficionados are more focused on keeping rust away from their trusty Landy. With that in mind, a Dutch company, Heritage Customs, is offering pre-rusted side-vents and bonnet accents for its Valiance and Vintage, the former is the current Defender and the latter the older model.
“Through spraying a thin layer of aluminium, brass, bronze, titanium, zinc or even gold is applied, which then assumes the same flexibility as the parent material and will hold its qualities for 20 years,” a company release said.
The advanced process uses a revolutionary metal-binding technology that sprays a thin layer of different types of metal on the vehicle’s body. Once the spray is applied, the Heritage Customs team oxidizes (rust) the material, and voila the Defender sports a patina look.
Incredibly, a coat can be applied to halt the rusting process any further, alternatively one can decide to “let the natural course of corrosion start”. But don’t fret, as the natural oxidisation process can be stopped at any time and sealed at that point to maintain the look.
The Netherlands-based company says it can feature the rust-look on the wheels, interior and door inlays. It’s certainly one way of having a bespoke Defender and arguably a cheat-code at making the latest Landy look like the original Defender.