Step 4: Time for paint

Make sure you clean the piece before painting it, I used mineral spirits and a reg to get it all cleaned up.  Once its dry get the paint you want to use and go to work, i used a car aerosol spray can paint at my local auto parts store.  Make sure you spray own a base coat of primer and wait the designated time before you spray on your final coats of color.   A good coat of clear at the end will keep your truck looking good and keep some of the dings off it.  I also choose to add some style by using chrome paint on the wheels, gas tanks, and grills.
Thanks for this my dad left me 6 of these trucks frombwhen he was a child my son is going to be 2 soon and i think we will reatore them and pass them to him
seems like it's been a while since you were last active, just wanted to say really nice job on the instructable.
<p>They don't make Tonka trucks like they use to. My boys had 2 Tonka trucks that turned to pure rust after 30 years of being left outside. I always knew if either of my boys had children of their own I'd be trying to refurbish those old trucks. I didn't think their was much hope for getting them to a point where they were safe to play with but I thought I'd give it a try. I first filled a big plastic container I purchased from Target with vinegar. After the trucks sat a couple days in the vinegar, the rust melted off the truck like butter. I was shocked and surprised that the trucks were in great shape after all. I'm ready for primer and paint. My boys and their kids are going to be so surprised with the end result.</p>
Awesome job, Buzzyman! You did a wonderful job! I'll definitely be referring back to this when I restore some 40+ year old Tonka's this spring. Thanks for sharing!
<p>this helps a bit got a stack of old trucks from my childhood wanted to restore so thanks</p>
<p>ok. do you use original paint? if so, where do you find it? I want to restore a 1970's blue dump truck. thanks for the example!</p>
I used to have on as a kid. I had a big one that my little body could sit in and I would slide from one end of the room to the other.
Thank you for sharing this information on restoring Tonka trucks. My son has a truck just like this. Where can I get the <a href="http://www.99truckparts.com/?page_19=28" rel="nofollow">truck parts for it in vancouver</a>? Thank you for your help!
Very nice! I remember playing with these tough toys as a kid. Come to think of it I may still have it!!! <br>I Will have to give this a shot!
You went all out ! I usually just wirebrush, tape and spray, you got really nice results, I'm sure there's some happy kids around you

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