I'm doing some repairs to the compartment lid beneath the rear seat on my '12 Touring and have a question:
All of the woodwork under the seats on my car is painted black. I'm pretty sure this is all original wood, but was it originally painted ?
Short answer: Yes (details might vary depending on body manufacturer.) For a longer answer see Trent Bogges and Bruce McAlley's articles in the encyclopedia: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/P-R.htm
Dick, my observations are that the black paint used on model T woodwork was not much more than a stain. I duplicate this by mixing brushing enamel with 50% by volume of mineral turpentine. It is a thin wash and soaks in readily, leaving a non glossy finish.
Others may see things differently.
allan from down under.
OK, thanks guys. What you describe looks very much like what I'm seeing in the way of thin black paint.
Krylon Semi-Flat black paint looks just about right - in my opinion. Just put on a thin coat - just enough to make it black.
I did the same as Allan mentions with my 13 touring, a thinned down enamel wash.