This shows how to take an ordinary cheap matchbox car and mod it to beat hell out of its old self. They drift really well, too.

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Step 1: What You Need

This is one of very few instructables that doesn't really require anything advanced. No soldering, no drilling, no hot gluing. All you need is:

a)A matchbox or hot wheels car. I recommend matchbox.
b)Some lead based spray paint.
c)Duct tape.
d)Sand paper.
e)Oil based acrylic paints for touch-ups.
f)Non serrated hobby quality knife.
nice job, looks good. <br>some added advice from a professional.... <br>do not use duct tape! a big no-no, the residue from the duct tape can bind to the paint itself, also sanding the glue off will fog any plastic parts and create visible scuff marks. instead use your local painters tape of, better yet good ole automotive painters tape available at pep boys. <br>when you spray it, make sure your can is at least 8-12 inches away and do multiple very light coats, also make sure you prep it properly by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol before you begin taping or spraying. use gloves to handle the model....handling it after prep with your bare hands will allow the oil from your fingers onto the car ...this will cause the paint to not adhere to oil areas. also go light with multiple coats to avoid fish eyes...those are little round vortexes in the paint where you can see the metal, they look like little fish eyes, if this happens grasp your blow dryer and hit the area till its very warm, continue blow drying while coating, this usually melts the fish eyes and creates a smooth coating. also, light coats prevent build up where the top layer dries before the bottom, which will cause cracking.
I love doing this. I did this many years ago when I was a kid. I have one I'm doing now. It's a 64 Buick riv. I drilled out the rivets you don't have to go far. Just take the top of them off. I gave it a bath in paint thinner and wiped off the paint with a rag. That way when I repaint I won't have any bad sanding marks and my windows and tires would be interested good shape. I decided to take a monster truck and combine them so I will have a 64 riv monster instead. I have to trim the safety cage on the truck frame but it is going to work great. After I paid the it is will use hot glue to put it back together.
seriously.you need drill for the rivet under the car and drill it and disassemble it.(if it is a screw.you will need screwdriver and unscrew it.)
What kind of paint did you use to get such a fine silver finish?
it's called rust-oleum: bright coat: metallic finish. see the pic. i also used it for my rocket, in the second photo
do u colect rockets? i do. i have 10 difrent rockets!!!:-)
I have 4, the Quark, the Alpha III, the Wizard (I think, something like that), and Baby Bertha (not yet built). But I haven't launched any yet even though I have all the equip.
i launch mine but cant find them if they even came down but its fun
This is awesome. I dont know why these people even look at these kind of instructables if they are going to talk crap about them. Though its not perfect, its far better than my first attempt. I taped a string to the bottom and dunked it in wall paint lol. That was a loooong time ago. Now I paint lexan models. Use masking tape and just cover the whole window next time. Then cut arround the frame with the knife. If you know what a scotch bright is, you may want to run it over the whole car b4 u paint. Nice work, keep at it.
Not a bad Instructable. I recently want to Wal-Mart and found (only one!) 2010 Camaro- My favorite car of all time. But, the colors suck (Red with white racing stripes). So, my favorite movie being Transformers, I'm going for that Awesome Bumblebee look. Any tips?<br />
I would have used Masking tape or painters tape as it is designed not to leave residue behind and it is much easier to cut into precise shapes.
Or you could have just removed the rivets so you ONLY have the metal body.
oh cool...ive been sanding down one of my hotwheels just to see what it looks like with no paint... and i think i might custom paint it now...thanks
....it would look a LOT better if you: -sanded the old paint off first (much smoother and the paint sticks better) -used regular masking tape or painters/artists tape (no residue) -used an airbrush (if you have one, thats great......if not, regular spray paint would still be fine) -used a better knife to cut out the tape (you can get single blade razor blades in a 100 pack for under $5) .....just some suggestions.....
it looks cool
no votes...*sniff*
great idea and there are alot of magazine articles and web posts about this sort of thing. i definitely agree that masking or painters tape is a much better choice. also an airbrush would come in handy for better paint jobs!! good work
That's awesome, it actually looks pretty cool! Masking tape is also a good idea, agreeing with the others. Nice job, for the Pocket-Sized, I have a couple of things up my sleeve. :D<br/><br/><sub>Wait. I'm not wearing a shirt with sleeves! Noooo!</sub><br/>
rather than using duct-tape.. why don't you use masking tape?
yeah, i put that as a suggestion at the end. i just couldn't find any

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