Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pimp that Cozy Ride- Little Tikes Car Makeover


Unless you live in a cave, you've all seen the typical faded Little Tikes cars of various types. You have to admit, Little Tikes toys are kind of like the cockroach on Wall-E. They're made so well, they're going to be around forever no matter what happens to the world around us. However, if they're left outside, the colors fade and they start to look pretty worn out, although they still have lots of life left in them. 

I've had it finished for a bit, but wanted to see how well it held up before I tell everyone how to go do this themselves.
I've read lots about the Krylon Fusion for Plastics spray paint, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it to use. 

Also, if you haven't already seen it, I've completely made over an old bouncing pony with the Krylon Plastics paint, be sure to check it out HERE.


Anyway, back to the car, shall we?
Little Man's car was originally the red and yellow kind that after years, looked more like pink and cream (sorry about the terrible fuzzy pic).


Following the manufactures instructions on the Krylon spray paint, I cleaned the car. Prep work is extremely important on this project. Next, I took it apart, which surprisingly was easy, because only two screws hold it together. Once I did that, I was shocked at how much nastiness hangs out in the cracks and crevices of this toy, and I had to clean the grimey parts again. 



Next, I put plastic bags over the wheels, and taped up all the small parts I didn't want painted blue or green, and went to town. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel, so I'm not going to give a tutorial on how to spray paint without dripping, etc, but I'm sure there's one out there somewhere.



The directions said the paint would be dry in 15 minutes, and ready to use within the hour. I actually let it set overnight before moving to the next step of taping off and painting the smaller details. I taped off the wheels and steering wheel and gave it a coat of Krylon silver. This actually wasn't plastics paint, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. 

*NOTE* If I were ever to do this again, I would do the painting order opposite of what I did. I'd paint all the small parts FIRST, then cover them and paint the bigger parts.




After letting it dry overnight again, I was ready to put it back together. Once it was put back together, I had some finishing touches to take care of. With my white paint pen, I added a pinstripe, a license plate, and some eyes and a grill. Once that dried well, and just for good measure, I covered the entire car with Krylon for plastics Clear Coat. 





I finished this car makeover about a month ago, and it has since been played with, climbed on, driven, and even left outside in the rain. I can honestly say that so far it looks as good as it did the first day. The only part of the paint that has worn off at all is where the door opens and closes. It just rubs too closely I guess. You can't even see it when the door is closed though.

Needless to say, my sons love it! I'm on the lookout now for more cars to makeover. Wouldn't a green and yellow John Deere car be awesome? You never know, one of these days, you just might see one here.




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43 comments:

Jess said...

Awesome! Next time I find one of these faded cars at a yard sale or something, I'm on it.

The Doodler said...

I see these cars at yard sales all the time, now I know not to pass them up! Thanks for sharing!

Brie from darlingdoodles.blogspot.com

Lesley said...

Oh that is so cool! Good for you!

Just Me.... said...

Wow that is pretty darm amazing. I need to start getting alittle bit more crafty..lol
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destined for home said...

We have a yard full of toys that could stand to be spruced up like this. Never even considered painting them. Thx!

Cook Clean Craft said...

That turned out great. Our Cozy Coupe was a hand-me-down from a neighbour, so it could definitely do with a remodel, although keeping my son away from it for a day or two may be a struggle!

Eschelle said...

great idea I should have done this with ours when we had one lol!! We had to give it up though as we moved into an apartment.

malia said...

wow your version is fab! following you via blogger + twitter ( -: happy to meet ya! malia

Jayda said...

New follower from the friday Hop and I have to say I never thought about repainting and now I am wondering why not...its a great frugal way to bring life back to those outdoor toys!!

awesome!

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The Jacobsen Family! said...

Wow! WAY cuter! Great job!
New follower from the hop! Would love a follow back!
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TexaGermaNadian said...

So cute! You did a great job on this. Those cars fade so badly, but you 'pimped' it right up, didn't you Xzibit! Haha. Stopped over from the Friday Blog Hop. Have a great one!
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Natalie said...

Wow!! That's a huge difference! I love this so much! Thank you SO much for sympathizing with me on my contest misery and for voting too! I really appreciate it! And now I get to discover your blog and I love it!! It's so clean and organized and I can't wait to have time to putz around and look at everything! Definitely a new follower! Have a great day!

Good Girl Gone Green said...

WOW, you really pimped u his ride! Great job!

kristen said...

that's awesome!!! I would have never thought that you could pimp a cozy ride. We have basically that same old style Cozy Coupe for our munchkin. It's his favorite toy ever.

new follower via blog hop!

Melanie said...

SOOOO cute

Shiloh said...

Oh boy! What a fun idea! It looks so much better:) I'm a new follower from Hop till you Drop:)

Free Things By Britney said...

Ha! That looks great!

Frazzled Mama said...

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Hope you have a great weekend.

Jess and the boys said...

CUTE!! I'm a new follower! Please follow back if you get the chance! :)

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Tammy in NE said...

I like the colors you chose. We did this with an old Little Tykes car we picked up at a garage sale ($5!) early this summer. DH painted the exterior black, the interior is cherry red, and we stenciled flames on the doors. Now I'm looking for one to do in pink and purple for my young nieces. :o)

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PitterAndGlink said...

I think you may be a magician! Love the transformation! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. :)

Mimi said...

I love this! My kids are grown and I wish that paint had been around when they were little. What a fabulous job!

emily @morefromthemoorefamily said...

We did this with our little Tikes hand-me down table, last year... it works well, but if it's an area that gets used a lot it will wear, but STILL looks better than the faded!!! :)

Shelly Peterson said...

How awesome! You did a great job fixing that up!

Material Girl Green said...

This came out great! Love the new colors! I'm a new follower http://materialgirlgreen.blogspot.com
I also love your baby artwork on your etsy

Mindie Hilton said...

That is amazing, what a great before and after pic. I am going to feature you on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time :)

Abby said...

Wow, great mind think alike...
http://thriftywithtriplets.blogspot.com/2011/09/pimp-my-ride-toddler-edition.html
Although, I must say, you went all they way. I did not think to take it apart :) I just taped the parts I did not want painted.

kpmattingly said...

So cute!!! Great job! :)

allenaim photography and design said...

AWESOME...my boys would DIE!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

This is amazing!! Thanks for linking up to OMTWI!!

Jessica Lucas said...

months later i stumbled upon this...i love it and i'll be trying it soon. how's it holding up?

jess @
tupelocreative.blogspot.com

Megan B said...

I am about to paint my son's playhouse and I too would love to know how it's holding up?
Thanks!
Megan

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

I have never even thought about painting one of these.. I have two grandgirls that will need one in a year or so.. Ill be on the lookout for one now. Yours looks great

Megan said...

Can I ask how many cans of spray paint it took?

karenmed409 said...

Love it.. I am thinking of revamping ours, he has gone throught 9 kids..I got new wheels arriving next week and I like your idea

diane said...

I just found a car similar to this but its a bed I am going to paint it like a ladybug for my granddaughter now I know how thanks for the post

Michelle said...

Thanks for your blog post on this! Gave me the assurance that my project would work out. Here is a link to mine completed!

http://shrunkengiraffe.blogspot.ca/2013/05/little-tikes-coupe-makeover.html

Reiko said...

This is just what I did last summer and had high hopes for it to last but it really didn't. The paint goes on really well and looks great for about 4 months when it just starts peeling and chipping. Hopefully yours will last longer than mine.

scoop said...

impressed, so well done! I have so many outdoor kids toys that have come faded from yard sales- this really dresses something old up, thanks for sharing the great idea!

Anonymous said...

I repainted a battery operated quad for my grandson. After I sanded it I sprayed
on a coat of plastic paint adhesion/
adhesive that I picked up at a paint
store. The product makes the plastic
paint adhere better to the plastic. I
then used a plastic primer and finally
the plastic paint.

It has held up fairly well but it did come off when it got scratched. For the time & money
spent, I would not go to the extent that I did. It doesn't matter to my grandson in the least. He was just happy to have it. The "looks like new" was what I wanted. I need to quit being such a perfectionist! Keep It Simple! Definitely the way to go!

fivepaintedlane.com said...

Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

I just found one of these in someone's trash by the road. Of course I couldn't pass that up! Was thinking of ways to paint it, maybe even a cute little Halloween coupe, but yours is soooo cute. You did an awesome job!

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