1952 Mercury Woodie Station Wagon - Where's the Wood?

Side view of wagon with wood grain paint.

In the 50's, car builders moved away from the use of actual wood when making "woodies". People still liked the looks, though. To save money, wood grain decals were used in conjuction with real wood panels. Eventually the wood "trim" would be replaced by plastic or fiberglass substitutes, and then phased out altogether in the early 70s. Since they don't make those decals anymore, we have to rely on the skills of people like Lyle Fisk, who is skilled in re-creating fake woodrain with a brush. Ans as you can see in these pictures, he's a real master. The folks at Mercury could only wish the originals looked this good.

Wood grain paint scheme by Lyle Fisk.

Close up of door window posts. Close up of right rear window post.

Lyle Fisk is a true artist. The wood grain looks very natural and far better than the decals used in the 50's.

Close up of wood grain paint on sides.

Close up of faux wood-grain paint on sides.

Real wood pieces. Wood trim being installed.

The "real" wood trim pieces were restored/fabricated by Iron Mountain Woodworks in Gardena, California.

Real wood trim over faux wood grain paint.

Real wood trim over faux wood-grain paint.

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