My First “Power Wheel” Restore
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
A little, semi-classic fire truck, YES!
Earlier this summer my neighbor approached me about a new hobby that we should do together... fixing up power wheels. We both have two kids and our kids love to ride them.
At the time, we had a 12V Kid Trax Police Charger that I repainted. It was super faded, so a fresh new coat of paint, decals, battery and charger later, it was all good.
One rainy morning, I was searching around for a good deal on a new project car, and I found a listing on Criagslist for two cars, FREE! My neighbor and I hopped in the truck and snagged them! I took the fire truck and my neighbor took the John Deere.
What it looked like in its prime:
Next step: my husband power-washed the fire tuck...
Next step: The next thing I did was take it apart the best I could and remove the stickers. WHAT A PAIN the stickers were.
Next step: I started to tape off and paint. Please keep in mind this was my first project, many mistakes were made and lessons were learned.
I was able to find sticker decals from a newer model of this truck by visiting the website of the manufacturer. Always do this in advance to see what you're in for.
Check that the vehicle works before putting any work into it.
Visit YouTube on how to wire up a generic battery instead of using the stock ones (MONEY SAVER!)
Use a spray paint can holder.
Follow these steps... remove stickers, wash with dawn, disassemble as much as you can, rewash, lightly sand, use de-greaser, let completely dry, PRIME, paint, put back together, add decals, add clear enamel for extra protection.
Disassemble as much as you can.
Always prime, it is a lot more tolerant with taping and paint on it.
Do a light sand on anything you intend to paint.
Remove all sticker goo, the paint will not stick properly if you don’t.
Paint in a well lit area to ensure you’re getting full coverage.
Allow a week of drying before adding a clear coat.