Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The original layered automotive paint slag "rough" was made incidentally, years ago, by the now largely extinct practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars in big automotive factories. The paint over-spray in the painting bays gradually built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colorful layers built up there.
“RECYCLE IT!” seemed to be the resounding sentiment. And so it was ... As word got around about this remarkable material, it's been said that rock hounds started showing up at auto factories, offering to help remove that problematic paint!
Sadly, the techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in common use. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little overspray. The old factory methods that created a bounty of this incredible material are long gone.
The Fordite “mines” are pretty dry, so get some while you still can!
Our use of the descriptive term "fordite" in no way implies any relation to The Ford Motor Company. We are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Ford or any of it's subsidiaries. We express no desire, nor do we attempt to represent our items as Ford Motor Company products. Our "fordite" inventories have been cultivated from many different manufacturers. "Motor Agate" is our registered trade name for this automotive enamel product.
~ Due to high profile publicity about us in the New York Times, InStyle, Road & Track, Muscle Machines and Classic Car magazines, we are a little behind in keeping up with the rising demand for our works. Our apologies, as we are a small operation and all of our pieces are unique, hand made items.
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