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How to Repaint Power Wheels

By Heather McDowell ; Updated April 18, 2017
Power Wheels vehicles came out in the 1970s and can be repainted.

Since their inception in the 1970s, Power Wheels battery-powered vehicles have been widely popular toys for children 7-years old and younger. Now manufactured by Fisher Price, these vehicles are available in a number of officially licensed makes, models and paint schemes. Since the bodies of these toys are made of plastic, they may be subject to discoloration after extended use and may require repainting. Repainting a Power Wheels vehicle can be relatively simple and can help revitalize the toy for many more hours of fun.

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Carefully remove the body or part to be repainted from the Power Wheels vehicle according to the instructions in the owner's manual.

Place the body or part of the vehicle in a clean and well-ventilated area free of dirt or debris.

Cover all the decals, windshield and other parts you do not wish to paint with painter's tape, or newspaper for larger pieces.

Spray the spray paint color over the body or piece of the vehicle using short even strokes.

Let the paint dry for at least an hour and apply the clear coat.

Let the clear coat dry for at least an hour.

Allow 24 hours of drying time before reassembling the body or part of the vehicle according to the owner's manual.

Remove any tape or newspaper used to cover decals or larger parts of the vehicle.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic paint
  • Clear plastic paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Newspaper


Always paint in well ventilated areas.

Never let children play with disassembled pieces of the Power Wheels vehicles.

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About the Author

Heather McDowell has been a freelance writer since 2009. Her instructional articles appear online, specializing in topics about cooking, animals and painting. Her major goal is to become a pastry chef and she is planning to pursue a degree in culinary arts at Rend Lake College.

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