The 7A windows frames are painted with dark brown colour and finished with wood graining
The wood graining effect on the 7A is a type similar to the briar wood.
On the 7A 1030, no more wood graining finishing was present at the purchase, but only the
brown original colour.
No clear and coloured pictures taken during the year 1934 were known to me to take as
reference for the execution of the job.
Also in the 7 not jet restored that I had the opportunity to watch, the wood graining was
no more present so that no sample was taken.
The reference was taken from three sources existing at present:
- The wood graining made on the restored Mr Friry 7A
- The wood grainig made on the restored Citroen Collection 7A
- The very good quality pictures present on the Collignon book Guide at page
How to make the wood graining effect.
This painting method is generally called in italian language spugnatura, by
employing a proper sponge or similar tool, put the sponge a bit inside the
paint, then lay down the sponge on the surface and apply the paint obtaining the proper
The result depends on the type of sponge or proper tool employed.
In our case, it is necessary to find a sponge or graining tool that reproduces the design
of the briar wood.
A specialist in this procedure was contacted and the frames were painted by him: the
result was good but not enough acceptable so that I decided to try myself a new execution.
I visited restorers of old furnitures and portraits but nobody gave me the solution how to
obtain the design of the briar wood; anyhow I understood the principles of the graining. .