Restore a Radio Flyer Wagon

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Have an old Radio Flyer Wagon sitting in your garage gathering dust? It only takes a few easy steps to make any wagon ready to conquer the hills or the sandy beaches of the coast.

Step 1: Disassemble the Wagon

Take off all of the main components to the wagon including the drive system, side brackets, and wheels. Gather materials including screwdrivers, sandpaper, spray paint, wood finish, as well as other miscellaneous tools.

Step 2: Sand Parts

Use Sandpaper to make the wood smooth before applying the finish coat.

Steel Wool can be used for the rusted metal parts to prepare the drive system for painting.

Step 3: Paint and Finish

Once the parts have been cleaned and sanded they are ready to be painted. Rustoleum is preferred for the metal parts on the wagon to avoid future rusting. A wood finish can be applied to the deck for an updated look and feel. Be sure to use painters tape to avoid panting unwanted pieces.

Step 4: Assemble and Enjoy

Now start to assemble the wagon when the parts are dried and ready. Don't forget to pump the tires and lube the moving parts. Done!

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matthew.vitale.21

Question 4 months ago on Step 1

Can you be a little more precise on what all tools you need.

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kgregg2

Question 10 months ago on Introduction

Nice. I recently restored one of these, but I couldn't find new wheels. I had to get lawn mower wheels at Home Depot. Do you know where I can get wagon wheels?

Kris.

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thezapman

4 years ago

nicely done. here is one i have restored with a custom frame and one totally made by hand as well.

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tukas

4 years ago on Introduction

Great thing about these wagons is that even when the kids get bigger, you can get SOOO much use out of the wagons if you go camping or picnicking or even to a parade. Do NOT underestimate the power of the Radial Flyer!!!

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neo71665

4 years ago on Introduction

I went crazy on my sons. After one year it started rusting even being stored inside the shed. I sandblasted and powercoated all the metal parts, replaced all the hardware with stainless steel, and used bedliner on the inside of the box. Seven years ago and still looks new.

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