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How to restore old HotWheels

Discussion in 'Collectables, Literature, & Models' started by WILLIAM H, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. WILLIAM H

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    Does any1 know of some1 who repaints old HotWheels ?
     
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  3. 308geo

    308geo F1 Rookie

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    William,
    I have done this before on many old Hot Wheels cars; especially the really old & hard to find ones. I mainly do this as a hobby, but if you have a certain one in mind, I might be able to help you. If you want to do it yourself, here;s what I do:

    I drill the rivits from the bottom & separate the car halves. I use a mild acid paint remover to strip the old paint & throughly wash them afterwards. after drying, I use a Dremel Tool with one of the mini wire brush bits & polish the body (especially if I am wanting to restore the car to a "Spectra-flame" color). I have found many of the old Spectra-flame colors available in small spray cans at your local hobby store (damn close matches to the original colors). Carefully re-spray the body. For Enamel colors, hit the body with a flat dove-grey ot white primer before respraying. To re-attach the car halves, I usually just use a dab of clear silicone seal...the cars are just for my display purposes only anyway. I have seen some other that do WAY more porfessional jobs of restoring old Hot Wheels than my method, but their's end up looking way too perfect...kind of like an over perfect 1957 pontoon-fendered Testarossa that ends up nicer than the day it was originally built.
    The wheels? One guy I know uses a special chrome sticker carefully applied to each rim with the black areas cut out with an Xacto knife. I have sent the wheels out to be (plastic) chrome plated (with the black sidewalls masked off) then I delicatly paint the black spaces back in with a 10/0 bruch & flat black paint. My favorite quick way is to just 10?0 brush paint the mags with as "chrome silver" of silver paint as you can find. Each looks nice. You decide.

    I hope this helps....
    George
     
  4. WILLIAM H

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    Hi George, thanks, once I get a few I'll see if I can send you some if you have some free time :)
     
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    Are you guys talking about 1:64 Hot Wheels...?
     
  6. WILLIAM H

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    Yes, the little ones
     
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  8. 308geo

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    William,
    No problem. What ones are you looking to get restored? Real old ones (Redlines) or ??? LMK

    George

    PS: NNO, you can use this same method to repaint the 1:18th one that you were asking about in another thread. What car & color are you trying to do?
     

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