Tim Mossman’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

“I took my 67 to a Lanny Hussey at Custom Cars to have him put in a new felt sunroof seal (aftermarket seals don’t quite fit right, so if anybody knows where I can find an NOS sunroof seal, I’m all ears!). Lanny removed the sunroof and taped the roof edge to keep any glue/scratches away. When he pulled off the tape, the paint was much lighter around the edges. He buffed it out to blend in the color. He suggested I give it a good polish, so, I grabbed my Carnu-B car wax when I got home and a couple of microfiber cloths and went to work.

It was magical to see the original Zenith blau paint reappear after all these years, or as our Jay Salser so poetically put it, “… it is amazing when the color leaps from the past and glows once again.” I started with the roof around the sunroof and then started on one side of the roof. I couldn’t believe my eyes at the contrast. On one side, a glass-like, light blue finish, and one the other, a dull, bluish-grey. The next day, I started again, small sections at a time, being careful not to let the wax dry before rubbing it off, as per the instructions. I could see the blue-grey oxidized original paint coming to life again before my eyes, so I kept at it. Six hours later, I had polished the entire car. I even did the metal dash and the doors. Magnificent! Zenith blau is indeed a beautiful color.”

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, 1967beetle.com and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Mark Morelock May 18, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful car! I know waxing the paint back to life was the most fun you’ve had in a long time.

  2. Jeffrey Hicken May 18, 2019 at 9:47 am

    FWIW, I had good luck with the sunroof felts from WolfsburgWest. Fit well and looks good.

  3. Frank Connolly Jr May 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    So good to see her shine again! Patina is nice BUT shine is the original look

  4. Hello! Just curious if Tim Mossmans Zenith Blue Bug is still for sale? Please let me know. Thanks! Stan 408 605 9699

  5. Tim—You have so much time and memories invested into this car I know that you are going to miss it greatly when it sells! jay

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