Toy Car Paint Jobs

Sometimes as a mummy we must learn new skills (very quickly) and this week I had the pleasure of learning how to detail cars! 

Toy cars that is! – at 3 (almost 4) Spencer is a petrol head and loves cars (just like his father) but being a toddler he prefers the crashing as opposed to the:

“Speed and Aeromatics” – Mater, Cars

Because of this all of the paint has started chipping off of his cars leading to a very sad little boy who thinks he can no longer race them without a decent paint job (all the other cars would definitely laugh at poor lightning)

"The Rear Wing is Ruined" *profuse crying* - Spencer
“The Rear Wing is Ruined” *profuse crying* – Spencer

So I set to work!

I have an array of nail varnishes so I was hoping a little of my  “hooker red” somewhere or another would do the trick!

Turns out the perfect lightning Mcqueen red is also “030 Double Decker Red” by “Rimmel London”


As you can see the nail varnish detailing has meant Mcqueen looks great and ready to race!

Before and After McQueen's Paint Job
Before and After McQueen’s Paint Job


When I don’t have the right colours, I test out new “Paint jobs” and Spencer brings his cars to “Ramone’s (mummy’s) Body art” for a new lick of paint ready for race day!

"Race Day" & One Happy Chap
“Race Day” & One Happy Chap


Job Done!

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Jenny (#)
    January 6th, 2016

    He looks great and a good reason to buy more nail varnish for painting other cars with! Lol! Thanks for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

    • Charlotte (#)
      January 6th, 2016

      haha i’ll take any justification! Thanks for commenting xx

  • Sara at Handy Herbs (#)
    January 3rd, 2016

    What a fab way to fix the cars! Very creative! I’ve used nail polishes for a few random things but never that.Great tip 🙂 #HowtoSundays

  • Crummy Mummy (#)
    January 3rd, 2016

    Brilliant post – isn’t nail varnish amazing?! #howtosunday

  • Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows (#)
    December 8th, 2015

    Nice save! You lad looks thrilled with a very professional looking patch up! Thanks for sharing this tip on #fartglitter x

  • Jenny Eaves (#)
    November 29th, 2015

    It looks great! Well done for fixing the cars for him, I’m impressed you had just the right colour nail grinch for the job!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

    • Charlotte (#)
      November 29th, 2015

      haha i was just as suprised as everyone else that i had the right colour! – not sure if lightning mcqueen red is a good or a bad thing to be wearing :p thanks for commenting x

  • Tracey Abrahams (#)
    November 26th, 2015

    I have never used nail varnish to repaint toy cars, but I have got a wonderful wooden dragon mobile that I was toying with decorsting the other day. I was going to buy some tester pots of paint, but nail varnish could be just the job too.Thank you for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

    • Charlotte (#)
      November 26th, 2015

      ooo if you give it a go let me know how it goes 🙂 xx

  • Random Musings (#)
    November 24th, 2015

    I use nail varnish for touching things up all the time! I haven’t tried anything as fiddly as a toy car though! #TwinklyTuesday

  • Lady Nym (#)
    November 24th, 2015

    Oh, this is great! My three year old is autistic so tends to prefer to line up his cars than play with them but when he does play with them there are certainly a lot of crashes. Good to know a handy little trick for when any of them need a paint job.


  • Coombe Mill - Fiona (#)
    November 24th, 2015

    I love this, I may have to restore some of our tired looking cars in the property play rooms here. I have 5 petrol heads just like their father too, it’s just in them I think! #TwinklyTtuesday

  • Rachel (#)
    November 24th, 2015

    Love love love this! We also have a Lightening looking a tad tired, off to get the nail varnish out! #twinklytuesday xx

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