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How To Restore Old Children's Toys?

Have you cleared your attic out recently and discovered some of your old children's toys you would like to pass on to the kids? Or maybe you want to restore it for sentimental reasons alone. Whichever the case may be, Spotlight provides you with everything you need to make and restore children's toys.

Since there are a lot of children's toys that can be restored, we will focus on some of the most popular toys we get asked about. If you are interested in restoring toys from your childhood, be sure to check out some of the details below.

How Do I Restore An Old Teddy Bear?

Old teddy bears are popular when it comes to restorations, as we all had a favourite teddy bear as a kid that we cannot get rid of. Fortunately, restoring a teddy bear is relatively easy.

To restore an old bear, you will need some new stuffing material, some accessories to replace old eyes, and some basic sewing skills. However, before you do any sewing, always remove the old stuffing from the teddy bear and wash the remaining shell in a cold handwash.

How Do I Restore Old Toy Cars?

The restoration of old toy cars is a little more complicated than the restoration process of old stuffed toys. The reason for that is that certain toy cars can be worth a lot in their original condition, which stops many people from restoring their toy cars at all. Before you start restoring an old toy car, it can, therefore, be a good idea to look up its current value.

One of the most common types of cars that is being restored these days is the old diecast toy car. To restore this type of toy car, you will need to strip the paint. You can take the toy car apart, but this makes the restoration process far more complicated than it needs to be.

Once the paint has been stripped, make sure you remove any leftover paint stripper. Then, add a new primer. You can apply primer with a small paintbrush, but a spray primer tends to be more effective and precise.

If there are any missing parts on the diecast toy car, you may have to replace them. Of course, it is not that easy to find original parts, so in some cases you may have to purchase a new part to go on.

Before you spray paint the new colour on your restoration, do not forget to put some light masking tape on the windows of the car, this will shield it from the paint. In most cases, you will need two layers of spray paint for the best result.

Please note that the paint may take a considerable amount of time to dry. Some restorations can take up to two weeks to fully dry. Therefore, make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions before use.

How Do I Restore Old Plastic Toys?

Plastic toys have been around for some time and they are still counted among the most popular. Fortunately, it is possible to restore such old plastic toys. However, always check for structural problems and possible dangers if you intend on giving these toys to your little ones.

Before you can restore old plastic toys, you must ensure they are as clean as possible. Use some hot soapy water to remove any dirt and grime. You want to use a good sponge to remove dirt and grime. For any serious stains, use a craft knife to scrape it off. During this, be careful not to damage the plastic further.

Once the toy is clean, you will need to prime the plastic for a new paint job. When the toy is primed, cover your craft room in some newspaper and start painting. Please note, if you are restoring large plastic toys such as a plastic car your kids will ride along in, use spray paint for an even application and more convenience. When using spray paint, please make sure you have adequate protection and keep the room well-ventilated.

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