|Little Tikes Coupe Makeover - Stamp of approval!|
I have been seeing lots of Little Tikes makeovers on Pinterest lately. I am a bit sceptical about the longevity of this project because of mixed reviews I have read. However, I figure that if it makes for one really good photoshoot with my son it will be money and time well spent.
Budget:Little Tikes Car - bought off local buy/sell site for $17
Blue Krylon Fusion for Plastics Spraypaint $6
Silver Krylon Fusion for Plastics Spraypaint $6
Clearcoat Spraypaint $6
Painters tape - already had from other projects
Newpaper - free - recycled
Drop Cloth - $1 tablecloth from dollar store
T.S.P. - Leftover from another project
Total Cost: $36
Time: 3 evenings plus drying time.
First of all, I have not seen this specific little tikes car before. I am not sure what it is called, maybe it is an older or limited edition of the cozy coupe? I liked it though as I have always been a fan of old cars so I snagged it up, even though it was a little bit more than I would have liked to pay.
1: I took the white part off, but left the rest of the car assembled. I washed the whole thing down with a mix of TSP and water and put it outside to dry for the day.
2: I bagged and taped off the wheels and steering wheel and painted the whole thing with the blue, even the parts I was going to paint silver. Initially I was going to use leftover silver paint from another project which was not specifically for plastic, so I planned to use the blue as a primer of sorts, but then I realized that my other silver was indoor paint, so I ended up buying silver for plastics paint anyways. If I had known that i would have painted all the silver bits first then taped the smaller parts off.
3: I gave the entire second car a second coat of blue. The Krylon for Plastics paint needs to have the second coat either before 24 hours of after 7 days so be sure you have enought time to do the second coat in the same day or you will be waiting a while.
4: I cut a hole in my tablecloth for the steering wheel to pop through, and taped off the wheels and steering column and gave the rims and steering wheel a little bling bling.
I still have not done the clear coat on this, as I now have to wait a full 7 days for the paint to fully clear. I have read some reviews of the clear coat turning white when going over the specific for plastics paint, but also those people didn't wait the full cure time so I will let you all know how that goes next week, as well as how this paint holds up over time.
|Little Tikes Makeover Before/After|
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