Introduction: Customize Your Matchbox Cars
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.
e)Oil based acrylic paints for touch-ups.
f)Non serrated hobby quality knife.
Step 2: Paint 'er Up!
This is tricky. What you have to do is cut out tape in the general shape of the windows, and then stick it on. Use your knife to cut them to fit perfectly. Do the same with the wheels and the bottom. Now, take it outside and spray it. It's best to do two coats about 10 minutes apart. Then you should let it dry for a long time. Like overnight, then through a day of school. Then touch a piece of the duct tape (because it doesn't matter if the paint comes off of that) and if it's still moist, give it another night.
Now, before you go and spray like crazy, safety precautions:
a)It's best to go outside on a relatively calm day, and then lay down some newspaper in a big box. This way the fumes won't get everywhere.
b)Do not let any acid based spray paint get on your hands! It stings like hell! If you do get any, wash it off with nail polish remover, but don't use too much. The way this works is that the alkaline nail polish remover has a chemical reaction with the acidic paint. It's like vinegar and baking soda.
Step 3: Get Off the Tape
Just peel the tape off slowly. If there's residue, you can sand it off. You may also want the give the car a sand-down with some fine grain sand paper. It gives the car a nice glossy look.
Step 4: Sand Off the Wheels
The picture helps. What you do is hold down a piece of sandpaper with your bad hand and move the car side to side rigorously, so that the wheels don't turn. Pretend you're scrubbing down the counter. Then roll the car forward about 1/5 of a turn and repeat until all of the wheels are sanded completely. This also helps get off any paint that wandered on to the wheels.
But wait, you ask, Why are we sanding the wheels?
And I say, Be cause it makes them really smooth. The car gets faster, the drifting gets sleeker, and it looks more like a audio clip: KA-BOOM!
Step 5: Finished! Concluding Remarks
Alright! We're all done. I've been thinking about what I wish I'd done different. For one, I wish I had put on a layer of scotch tape before the duct tape, be cause the residue was way too much to sand. On the first one of these I made, all I put on was scotch and the acid paint dissolved it. Yeah, it's that acidic. As an alternative you could use masking tape. Another thing I should have done while preparing to do this is sharpened my knife. It was really dull, which made it quite nearly impossible to outline the tape very well.
Okay, so pretty much everything in this instructable is optional. For example, if you really like the coloring that came with the car, you could keep it. But you could also do more. In fact, this is just the bare minimum. Here's a few ideas:
Add LEDs as headlights.
Put in a battery powered motor or a wind up one.
Use stencils to paint words and numbers on the sides.
Build your own wheels.
Add a rocket motor as in this instructable.
Do this to a real car (and that means your car).