How to Customize a Hot Wheels Car


A customized Hot Wheels car can be a model of your dream car or a replica of a car you once owned. For a true collectible, consider having your dream Hot Wheels car customized by a professional. If you just want a chance to build your skills and express your creativity, customizing a Hot Wheels car can be a fun and inexpensive hobby.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot Wheels cars
  • Dremel
  • Paint stripper
  • Metal epoxy
  • Metal files
  • Sandpaper
  • Graphics software
  • Laser or inkjet printer
  • Paint
  • Clear coat
  • Tweezers
  • Gather drawings and photographs of the car you want to emulate. Consider merging pieces from the bodies of different cars for a unique customized car. Mix features like headlights, fins and wheels.

  • Purchase Hot Wheels cars that match the body and style of the cars you want to create.

  • Purchase decals with your name, company logo or other images (see Resources below). Alternatively, you can make them with graphics software, like Photoshop. Use a laser or inkjet printer and sticker paper.

  • Dismantle the car. Remove the wheels. Strip the paint. Remove features you don't want by grinding them down or cutting them off.

  • Smooth the surface with sandpaper or a metal file. Dust off the car with a clean cloth. Use a metal epoxy to attach parts of cars together and to fill in spaces. When the epoxy is dry, sand and smooth the car. Wipe clean.

  • Paint the body with the base color or metal flake. Allow it to dry. Apply a second coat or a glaze. When it's dried, add details like flames or stripes. Use tweezers to apply the decals. Apply a clear coat. Allow it to dry overnight.

  • Browse the Internet for skilled artists if you want a more professional job than you can do yourself. Many artists do specialty customizations, ranging from NASCAR cars to branded trucks and farm equipment and emergency services vehicles.

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