Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pimp My Cozy Coupe

Recently somewhere along the Interwebs, I came across a website where someone described how they "pimped" their chid's Cozy Coupe. If you are not familiar with the concept of "pimping" one's ride, MTV had a show a few years back in which people would write in about their clunker cars and ask MTV to, pimp their ride. MTV would then make over-the-top adjustments to these hideous autos including crazy paint jobs and add ons that you would never normally find in a car.

Now my son does not own a Cozy Coupe, and honestly I never even thought of purchasing one for him since they're a little pricy as kids' toys go, but every time we are at a playground that has them he focuses on nothing but the car for the entire time. When I found this project inspiration I knew I needed to take a look at Craigslist to find a car for my soon to be 2 year old. Lo and behold several people were selling the used cars. I was on a bit of a time crunch as I wanted to do this project in time for his Birthday so I didn't have time to search for the deal of the century, but I was fine with paying $20 for his new to him wheels.

He is on a Lightening McQueen kick these days so we decided to model our design after the character. After a bit of research I found that the best type of paint to use would be Krylon Fusion spray paint. The car was only done a week ago, so I can't really say for sure how well this type of paint will hold up, but we have already had a few chipped spots, which needless to say, is disappointing. For the fine detail work, like the license plate and the face, I used paint pens that I had on hand already. They were one of the few non-spray paint items I could find that said they would work on plastic.

We hosed the car down, gave it a good scrubbing, and prepped it for paint. There are two screws holding the car together, so it was easy to dismantle, which was helpful in spray painting. We started with a few coats of red before going in for the detail work.

To do the lightening bolt I cut a stencil out of poster board. What we found though was that that due to the curves in the car, the cardboard wouldn't lie flat enough to get a clean line with the spray paint. So my husband painstakingly laid painters tape down and used a razor blade to cut out the lightening shape. Kudos to him for coming up with that idea! With a nice flat stencil stuck on we were able to spray paint about the lightening bolt, also about 3-4 coats. After removing the tape, I used paint pens to trace around them for the black and silver detail work. Then I did the face details as well as the license plate and taillights. Finally I sprayed on a coat of clear UV protection, by Krylon and the car was complete.





My son loves this car so much; he didn't really get out of the car at all for two days! This was a fun project for us too and there is already talk of whether or not we will give our next child a car with a custom paint job.

5 comments:

  1. This is so cute! It turned out great! We've bought our 16 month old a Step2 buggy for Christmas and I'm plotting what I can do to personalize it for him. This is great inspiration! :)

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  2. Thanks Andi! We had such fun making it! Good luck with your creation!

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  3. You mentioned the paint had already chipped in a couple places by the time you wrote the blog. How did it hold up over longer time?

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  4. It has actually held up great! Hasn't really chipped anymore. And my son is certainly not gentle with it when he rides/pushes it around! Overall I'm happy with the results!

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  5. for paint prep, did you do a light sanding?

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