How to Restore Diecast Cars
Diecast car restoration is a great hobby for anyone who already enjoys miniatures or model-building, or focusing on small, detailed tasks for long periods of time. To restore a diecast car, you need to purchase a few supplies first, but this guide can help you figure out what you need and how to use it.
First: The model
You probably already have a diecast model you want to restore. If not, find one! Search at events like garage sales, flea markets, auctions or even online retailers for a used diecast model you like. Since you are restoring it, do not let condition of the paint or tires deter you from buying a model you otherwise like.
Second: The supplies
You need paint, files, precision screwdrivers, sandpaper, wire brushes, drill bits, rivets, a hammer and a pair of safety goggles. A respirator is a good idea as well. If anyone else is in the room with you, give him or her a pair of safety goggles as well.
Third: The restoration
Remove the rivets or screws holding the body of the model together. If the axles are held on by burrs, file them down and remove them. Use chemicals or files, wire brushes and sandpaper to remove any old paint remaining on the model. Repaint the model with your own paints, and replace any damaged or worn parts such as old rubber tires or cloth interiors. Let all the paint dry, and reassemble everything. You can make a new burr for the axle at this point with the end of the file or pound the end of it flat with your hammer.