Apparently, you can now customize a Land Rover Defender with rust...

Well, it’s definitely a look. Whether it’s good or bad is up to you
by Greg Potts | May 12, 2021
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Dutch company Heritage Customs has developed a new metal spraying and binding technique that allows it to fit pre-rusted panels to your brand-new Land Rover Defender.

Come on, then, who’ll be the first to make the most obvious joke of the day? We can hear the Facebook commenters chuckling to themselves already.

A Land Rover Defender with Heritage Customs custom rust panels

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A front view of a Land Rover Defender with Heritage Customs custom rust panels

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Whisper it, but we don’t actually mind the look that Heritage Customs and sister company Niels van Roij Design have dished out here. Okay, so the 22-inch alloy wheels are a little over the top and the Defender’s interior definitely wasn’t in need of carbon-fiber inserts, but the rusted panels combined with a retrimmed brown leather interior look rather cool. *takes cover*

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Apparently, the technique can be deployed with aluminum, brass, bronze, titanium, zinc, and even gold. Heritage Customs will then apply a thin layer of any of those metals to literally any interior or exterior surface, as long as you ask nicely. Heck, they’ll even do it to an old Defender, too.

The left front tire of a A Land Rover Defender with Heritage Customs custom rust panel

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That metal can then be brushed, polished, sanded, or—as is the case here—oxidized. You can then choose to seal it straight away to protect the look, or you can allow it to corrode naturally and subsequently apply the sealant to stop the process at any point. Very clever.

Real-life rust on a Land Rover Defender—who’d have thought it?

The right panel of a Land Rover Defender with Heritage Customs custom rust panel

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A close up of the Heritage Customs rust panel as installed in a Land Rover Defender

An angled profile view of the Land Rover Defender

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The steering wheel inside a Land Rover Defender

Passenger seats of a Land Rover Defender as seen from the outside

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A profile view of a Land Rover Defender with a Heritage Customs rust panel

The Defender emblem as seen in the Heritage Customs panel

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