Kids toys are expensive, and sometimes sentimental. We’ve owned Bouncing Pony since my oldest kids were young, but at some point he was retired to live outdoors. Being outside over time, his original beautiful shiny coat completely faded and washed off, and was replaced with mildew, grime, and dirt. The hardware rusted out, and my younger boys wanted nothing to do with him. So sad. When Toy Story 3 came out, my littlest boy became obsessed with Bullseye and Woody, and has had his eye on a pony at Toys R Us for a while now. Well, while weighing my options, the light bulb came on in my mind that perhaps I could give Bouncing Pony a new lease on life, and save some money in the meantime. Other than a bit of rusty hardware, Pony was still in sound shape, so I knew he’d still be safe to use.
Hello Krylon Fusion for plastics paint! I bought brown, black, red, and the outdoors clear coat.
First things first, I had to take Pony apart, and give him a good scrub down. First, I washed him in bleachy water to remove all the mildew. The metal frame was in great shape, no flaky rusty pieces, so I gave it a good once-over with a steel grill brush. Then, I followed the instructions on the Krylon paint for prepping the plastic surface, and I was good to start painting.
I decided I’d spray paint the smaller areas first, beginning with red, and then tape them off as they dried, and continue on with my next color. I also sprayed the metal frame with a new coat of red.
After I painted my reds, I changed my mind about what color to use on the metal frame and went with black instead.
Next, I covered everything I didn’t want to be brown with blue tape a clear plastic kitchen wrap, and gave Pony his color and dignity back. I let him dry several hours, just to be on the safe side before removing the tape. Then, I brought him inside and gave him some finer details with my paint pens.
Once that was dry, I took him back outside and gave him a few coats of the Krylon Fustion for plastics clear coat. In my opinion, this is the most important part of preventing scratches and wear.
Finally, after replacing the hardware that had rusted out, I reassembled Pony and painted a new name on the side of his metal frame. Pony is now Bullseye, Woody’s trusty horse.
This isn’t the first project I’ve used the Krylon Fusion for plastics, remember my Little Tikes Cozy Coupe makeover? I’ve been extremely pleased with the results each time.
So, maybe you don’t have a bouncing horse, but don’t overlook what a new coat of paint can do with any of your kids plastic toys. And, if you do have a pony who needs a makeover, just think of the possibilities! Krylon has a huge assortment of colors available that would be great for little girls or little boys, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination and creativity.
This project is a Week One finalist in the
One Month to Win It competition