Friday, September 4, 2015

Pinterest Fail

I try to make sure that we have plenty of ride-on vehicles at the school. 
The Cozy Coupe is a favorite. 
I try to pick them up when I see them at garage sales or at the thrift store. 
I found this one in my neighbor's trash. 
Even though it is horribly faded, it was in otherwise great shape.

I love Pinterest!
It has been a great source of inspiration for me. 
I'd seen similar cars on the site painted black to look like the Bat Mobile.
I brought it home and coated our car with 2 1/2 cans of spray paint designed for plastic.

Instead of the bat wings, I cut a shield stencil.
That didn't work but more spray paint covered up the mistake.  
A friend of mine was going to make me a vinyl sticker with her Silhouette. 
I'm not sure she needs to bother. 
This is what the car looks like after exactly one week of school. 


One week! 


I'm pretty confident that this will end up looking worse than it did when I started. 
It is too bad because the children love it black.
The spray paint was $6.98 a can. It took a fair amount of paint.  
A new Cozy Coupe runs around $45.00. 
A good used one from the thrift is about $15.00-$20.00.
I have found them for $8.00 at garage sales. 
(The new cars have issues with newly designed tires. 
The wheels split in the center and fall off so I prefer the older cars.)
 I'm not sure this project was worth it financially but it certainly let me know that the spray paint designed for plastic won't hold up with moderate wear and tear. 
Have you used this product?
I used it on a flower pot and it's held up fine. 
Not so the car used by dozens of preschoolers.  
Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. Hey Katie you tried and it looks good in the black. I think the kids will not mind as long as it is drivable and they can have fun with it. I saw one on pinterest painted in Minnie mouse design with black and red and white polka dots. Looked really cute too. Have a great week end.

  2. That's not a fail Katie. That's a raging success...if the objective was to get the kids excited to drive their new Batmobile that is. I feel for you though. A lot of Pinterest projects do not mention the failings of their methodology. I once made a suncatcher from plastic beads melted in a cake tin in the oven. It ruined the cake tin, and nearly asphyxiated us with the fumes in the process! You gotta laugh. Mimi xxx

  3. It looks very cool in black, Katie, battered and all! The kids love it, so it's a win! Maybe you can touch it up with a Sharpie, lol!

  4. The kids will never notice the dings!!! It is so cute!
    I used the VERY expensive spray paint for plastics on a plastic drum and it didn't cover well OR hold up at all. I was VERY displeased and wrote a letter to Rustoleum. They did not my Mom would have said "a guilty conscience needs no accuser". Oh well, live and learn, and I bet the kiddos are enjoying your little car just the same!!