How to Fix the Headlights on your Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe
How to Fix the Headlights on your Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe. This model originally came with plastic push in discs for the headlights and tail lights. They can get pulled off, or broken, so I designed a couple of choices for decal replacements. I can also change the colors as well, so if you have a custom coupe you have in mind, just send me an email. These can even help you to customize your coupe to suit a particular look you are wanting. It still may be possible to contact Little Tikes for replacement plastic parts, but at the time of writing this, it was not possible. To check, call the 1-800 number on your toy.
These can be easily resized to suit any car, I have this listing for most diameters, but I can custom size it for any project. Just send me an email.
How to Fix the Headlights on your Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe. Headlights and Tail lights decals regular set.
Reinventit Reinvent It to keep it out of the landfill
Reinventit Reinvent It to keep it out of the landfill. I don’t bother painting my kids toys anymore… Honestly, I am too busy for that. But I interchange the parts, or I just use the colors that are with it…..
I like to design things around what is given to me. So my son LOVES Scooby, and we have an older blue Little Tikes Cozy Coupe II Patrol Car, and I just made him some stickers. No paint involved. He’s happy, and I can use it for a Police car again in the future.
Even some of the more popular mods, you could just buy two cars, and swap out the parts to get different color schemes.
For example the Little Tikes 30th Anniversary police car, with the red 30th Anniversary Cozy Coupe. Then you would have two yellow columns, yellow roof, grey columns, and a white roof, and a red body, and a black body. So you would have yellow and black for one car, and red, grey and white for the other…. Minnie mouse? Batman? Princess? VW? The possibilites are endless… And they would be brand new. You could resell them, without wasting anything. Or mixing these parts with older coupes, and making them new again… #outofthelandfill.
#reinvent I like that… I want my customers to be able to sell their toys again after their kids are done with them. I want families, to pass these toys on to the next generation. I am tired of wasting, I am tired off seeing things thrown away, because we had too much.
I will try to add posts, where I change around my kids toys, without painting. I got a lot of them…..
DIY Kids Play Kitchen using a Plastic Tote. For a quick and simple play kitchen, try using a plastic tote, along with some decals. We have decals to make a regular Plastic tote into a child’s play kitchen with room to store all the food, dishes and pans. All you have to do is peel and stick. Custom sizes are available, just email for details. You can also use these for entertainment unit and cupboard remakes. Any thrift store find can be converted into a play kitchen using paint, and some decals.
DIY Kids Play Kitchen using a Plastic Tote: Decal Sets
Our decals have a strong adhesion, so they will stick to most surfaces, including wood, plastic, and metal. Even painted plastic surfaces, just be sure the paint adheres to the plastic. Most paint that is intended for plastic will adhere strong enough.
This set, which consists of four burners, can be found here:
There is two 3 3/4 inch burners, and two 5 inch burners with this set, plus a dial decal, and an oven panel. All are high quality decals, along with high quality graphics.
There are many more designs to come. All the colors can be changed, and all the decals can be resized. This service is only available if we have the time, and a fee may apply. As the size increases, so will the price. Please email us for further information.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Why does it turn yellow?
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : From my research, which was a while ago, the yellow color is the bromine in the plastic, that migrates to the surface over time. It helps the plastic to be more flexible, and if it is removed, the plastic will become more brittle. Heat will help the bromine migrate faster. So a window display toy, will yellow quickly in the window of the store, because the heat, from the sunlight, will move the bromine faster to the surface. Or a toy that was too close to a heater, will yellow on the heater side. This particular yellowing is not from cigarette smoke. I have seen things stained from smoking, but the smell is really the over whelming thing you notice, not the yellow color.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : My personal experience with doing it.
This is a narrative of my journey into using, sunlight, bleach, and peroxide to remove the yellow color in the aging plastic toys. I have heard of other people doing this too, and I would love to hear from them as well on their experiences.
If you decide to try these techniques, know that it is at your own risk. Each toy is different, and requires different approaches to restoring them. Also please take the necessary safety measures, such as eye protection, and be careful, as bleach, and peroxide can hurt your skin. I always start a new unknown project slowly, and then as I know how it works out, I can make it go faster with stronger peroxides.
I found hydrogen peroxide, with bleach, along with a lot of sun, works the best. And really, the best, for preserving toys, is just the sunlight method only. If time is an issue, then I carefully use the peroxide, and bleach method to whiten up older toys. Most decals will not survive being bleached, so try to avoid getting bleach on them. I do sell a lot of replacement decals, and you can check out my store to see if I have what you need,
You can find peroxide pretty much anywhere, but in Canada, we are not allowed to buy it from a beauty store, so I just used over the counter hair color peroxide, and Oxi clean from the cleaning isle. I do think that the cream bleach or fine powder bleach would work better, but I had to use what I had. I might try to grind up the Oxi Clean next time, or even just do a good soak in a water solution with just Oxi Clean first.
If you make your solution too thick in any area, that area gets whiter faster, so it is very important you have an even coat. One of my featured projects is this Playskool Victorian Dollhouse Restore.
I used a hair color brush, to as evenly as possible, paste the bleach on. And I avoided the areas that were not discolored.
Then I put the dollhouse in a clear plastic recycling bag.
And I watched it closely for the entire day. Making sure it was wet, and that it was in constant sunlight.
I noticed the yellow color was not lifting evenly. For this Dollhouse, it would have been much better to take it apart, and bleach each piece out flat, so the bleach stayed on it evenly. But I really didn’t have 60 hours to put into the project. I do have a green house. I quickly cleaned off the bleach, and dried it out. There was discoloration, in blotches. Therefore the best I could do at that point, was slow…. I just put the dollhouse in my green house for about a month. I kept watching it, seeing how much it changed, but I was able to turn it as I needed to, and it didn’t get over done, and having all the color washed out.
Eventually, the color, including the blotches evened out as best as it could. There is still a lot more work needed on this dollhouse, but I am too afraid to continue with bleaching it. The plastic has already become brittle.
The pink on the finished project is more pink now, than orange / salmon color, the blue is more blue, rather than greeny blue, and the yellow, is more like the original pastel yellow, rather than the bright yellow.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Whitening Vintage Fisher Price Toys
I have done this whitening process, with tones of Fisher Price Fun With food toys.
The sunlight gets the yellow out nicely. But adding the bleach and peroxide, speeds up the process. I just make sure I only used it on the white areas, and watch it like a hawk. I make sure it is spread evenly, so that it doesn’t look blotchy.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Sunlight also quickly removes markers, and most pen marks.
I have picked up quite a few large plastic furniture items for kids, that have marker on them. The thrift store usually sells them cheap. The best way to get rid of the marker, is to put the chair in the sunlight. That’s it, and it usually goes away quickly depending on the time of year it is.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Does it matter what time of the year it is, for the sunlight?
Here in Canada, in July we get a lot stronger sun, and more hours a day for it. So I do all my whitening in July / Aug. The heat of the summer will help the chemicals along faster.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Yes, you can over do it! Color can fade.
Pink, and purple, seem to be colors that fade quickly. Red, will fade to pink… etc.. I got my daughter this beautiful Vintage Little Tikes Beauty Salon. We played with it for a long time. I put it outside in the shade when she didn’t play with it anymore. It is now white. And it was in the shady spot in my yard for maybe six months. It wasn’t long.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Yes, you can over do it! Plastic become brittle.
I tried removing the yellow from some clear Fisher Price Fun with Food glasses, and I got busy and forgot about them.
When I came out to look at them, they were very brittle, and they crumbled along the edges. I do have some pictures of my older work, but I can’t find them at the moment. Here is an example of just a little bit too much bleaching, the plastic will crack easily.
When you bleach them, you are removing the bromine that migrated to the outside. When the bromine is gone, the plastic looses its flexibility.
The same can be said about play kitchens that are left outside. The knobs particularly from the Vintage Little Tikes ones, will become very brittle if they are left outside. So be careful if you have to remove them.
How to bleach Whiten Yellow Plastic Toys : Yes, you can over do it! Colored Plastic becomes White
When you forget about colored plastic, it can get bleached out to white, and if it is not evenly put on, the white will be blotchy as well. Here is an example of a Fisher Price Fun With Food cupcake tray, that I forgot about too.
I realize here I am showing mostly my mistakes, but I do have lots of examples of successful projects. You wouldn’t even think it was bleached. For me, I learn from mistakes, and I hope that my readers will be able to learn from them as well.
My knowledge of chemistry is limited, so if I have made errors, please let me know.
Customize Childs Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Coupe with Eye Color
I came up with three designs, all of which can be changed in many ways. It is a fun way to personalize your child’s cozy coupe. All decals are 100% waterproof, UV proof for 4-5 years, and are machine cut for accuracy. I also stand behind all my decals. If you have any problems with them, within a year or two of purchase, I will gladly ensure you are happy with your purchase. I want to keep these awesome toys out of our landfills, so I want my decals to last.
Customize Childs Little Tikes 30th Anniversary Coupe with Eye Color : Blue Eyes
Here is my design for the blue eyes decal to be placed right over top of the pupil, on the molded plastic screw in eyes, which came factory with this model.
I am happy to announce that we are offering our products on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime membership you will also be able to get free shipping as well on most of the products I have offered.
Most of the products in my online store, and with my shopify store, will also link to Amazon, so you can be assured that you will get fast professional shipping with your Amazon prime membership.
The Toy Restore is now on Amazon : Contact Me for Special Requests.
The Toy Restore is now on Amazon. If you are looking for a specific item, please feel free to contact me to see if I can add it to Amazon. I will be adding more and more products to my stores over the next few months, but if you are looking for something in particular I will do my best to help you out.
The Toy Restore is now on Amazon : Custom Orders will be Available Soon.
The Toy Restore is now on Amazon. I will also be able to offer custom designs in the future, on Amazon. I currently offer custom license plates on Ebay, and Etsy, in your child’s name sized for most of the popular ride-on toys available. If I don’t have your child’s toy listed, I can easily resize any of my custom license plates to fit your toy. Just send me an email with the needed size. Here is one of my custom plates you can order on Amazon:
Upcycling: Ice Cream Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover. What kids doesn’t love icecream, and what kids doesn’t love the idea of driving thier own car! Put those two ideas together and you have the Icecream Cozy Coupe Truck. For this Cozy Coupe Redo I used a Princess model of the Cozy Coupe II, so I didn’t have to paint it.
Upcycling: Ice Cream Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover: Find a Second Hand Coupe
An Icecream Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover: Remove the Old Decal, and Throughly Wash it.
Removing the old decals is a bit of work, but well worth the effort. I have a more detailed instructions on removing decals here. Once the old ones are going you can do so much to change the car. You can repaint it, or add new decals. I sell new decals for most of the Little Tikes foot to floor cars on Ebay, and Etsy. For this particular Cozy Coupe Makeover, I used my set here. But I have lots of other styles that would look nice on this cozy coupe without having to repaint it.
Upcycling: Ice Cream Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover : Apply the New Decals
My kits contain everything that you need to make your coupe look like an ice cream truck. The front grill, the license plate, the dash, mirror, tail lights, door logos, front logo, and 2 logos for the back pillars, and some extra ice cream decals.
Here is a quick overview of how to replace a steering wheel on the Little Tikes Cozy Coupes. For the purposes of this post, I am using a 1990s Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. I will add measurements in the future to be sure that this can be used for other car replacments.
The basic set-up is simple. There is the steering wheel, a washer, and a steering wheel clip. All your car needs is the right size of hole, both in diameter, and in depth. I am pretty sure you could modify the replacement parts to fit different dimensions though. That will have to wait for another post. 🙂
So the steering wheel clip slides into the bottom of the steering wheel, with the “Y” end up. Push it up until the clip ends pop out of the holes in the tube.
Put the steering wheel into the hole, and underneath, before it goes through the other side, hold the washer on the underside of the hole, and thread the washer and the otherside of the hole onto the bottom tube of the steering wheel. The washer will slide upwards and over the two nobs that are expsoed from the steering wheel clip inside the steering wheel. If you need to take it off again, push in the two exposed clips and let the washer slide back down the tube again.
I will get the dimensions and add to this post as soon as I can.