I was so excited to get Violet a little car for her first birthday. I could already imagine how cute she would look while pushing her around our neighborhood. But there was only one issue…ALL of the cars were hot pink and super obnoxious. I questioned if I could pull it off but with a little pep talk from my husband, the project was a go.
I always have to start off every project with a mock-up. I’m a very visual person so I quickly did this render in photoshop so I could come up with a plan. I know this isn’t a possibility for everyone, so don’t be discouraged! After I mocked it up, I was ready to step into action.
Since we are social distancing right now due to the pandemic, I ordered all of my materials from Walmart and I was able to pick them up next-day with my grocery order. You could also order your materials off of Amazon.
These are the only materials that we used for our car. Be sure to pick a spray paint that is for plastic!
- Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Rustic Pink
- Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Flat White
- Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Clear Matte Sealer
- Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser II (or similar)
- Vinyl Decals
Start by placing a drop cloth or box under the main part of your car. Since the car already has a rough surface, we did not need to rough it up with sandpaper but be sure to do this step if you’re working with a different car. I would also recommend priming even if your spray paint is a two-in-one (we learned this the hard way). Follow the instructions on your can and apply an even coat of paint to your car.
*Disclaimer: We also removed the trunk but I would recommend leaving it on and covering it instead because it damaged the paint when we later re-attached it.
Once the first coat dries, re-apply until your car is covered. Repeat on the opposite side. Be sure to wear a mask or work in a well-ventilated area!
Once you’re finished painting your pieces, apply the clear sealer for extra protection. Allow the topcoat to completely dry before proceeding to step 4.
Once you finish painting all of your pieces, allow for it to dry for AT LEAST a complete day before attempting to re-assemble. Follow the instructions for assembly that were provided with your car.
Once your car is assembled, you may need to touch up any spots that were scratched during assembly. You can easily accomplish this by spraying paint on to a piece of cardboard and using a brush to touch up those spots.
Apply any additional decorative elements to your car. We opted for vinyl daisies that I printed on my Cricut. You could also use stickers or even hand paint decorative accents. A name on the trunk would also be super cute! The possibilities are really endless!
That’s it! Easy enough, right? I hope this post inspires you to give your car a makeover! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always here to help. 🙂
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