2024-02-11

Wooden Toy Truck Martin Motors Antique Car Carrier Build Part 13 The Benefits of Using Shellac on Painted Toy Wheels

Wooden toy car wheels, hand-finished with amber shellac.
Wooden toy car wheels, hand-finished with amber shellac.

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As a toymaker, I always pay attention to the details of my toy collections. One of the essential aspects of toys is the wheels. They contribute to the toy's overall design aesthetic and affect how the toy moves and performs. That's why I'm very particular about the wheels I use on my toys.

I usually purchase most of my wheels as long as the desired style is available. However, I avoid black painted wheels because they don't look quite right, and their flat black color needs to be coated to prevent marring on certain surfaces. That's why I use shellac on the wheels of almost all my painted toys.

Shellac is an excellent option for coating wheels because it's easy to apply, wears well, and is safe even if kids chew on the wheels. It also provides a smooth, glossy finish that enhances the wheels' appearance, making them stand out on any toy.

I first sand the wheels to remove any roughness or unevenness. I then apply two coats of amber shellac, sanding between each coat to ensure a smooth and even finish. The result is a durable, glossy, and attractive wheel that will withstand the test of time and rough play.

In conclusion, using shellac on painted toy wheels is an excellent way to enhance their appearance and durability. It's a cost-effective and efficient way to upgrade your toy collection and ensure your toys look and perform their best. I highly recommend trying shellac on your next toy wheel project.

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