One of these things is not like the others

One of the things that Mr. C likes doing is painting. Wether it is on a big sheet of paper or a block of wood. Some time ago, he told me that he wanted to try to paint some of his Matchbox cars. ‘They need a fresh coat’ he says.

Since I’m always on the lookout for something new to do I thought ‘Sure, why not, let’s paint some of your Matchbox cars’. We have a set of acrylic paints that are designed for kids, they’re water based and are great for painting on paper. For some reason crazy reason, I thought it would be a good idea to try to find paint that was made for metal. Why I thought this would be a good idea, I have no clue now, but at the time it seemed like a good idea. I guess I thought the water based acrylics would just get scratched off of the little cars since he uses them so often. I had no idea if there was even paint available that was made for metal that was also water based, but I thought it would be worth a look.

So, Mr. C and I took a trip to the local hobby store. This hobby store was one of those stores that specialize in things like radio control airplane kits, plastic car model kits, model train accessories and things like that. Not really a toy store, this is a store for people who know what they’re doing regarding this type of hobby. So I asked if they had any special paint for metal that was water based. To my surprise, the owner was happy to direct us to a large rack of hundreds of tiny bottles of paint. All water based. I picked out seven or eight and off we went. We’ve used them a few times, with great results.

We’ve had great results up until now, though we had not used all of the colors yet. Here are some of the bottles below. Can you see any difference between any of these bottles ?


Ok, so it might be obvious now, but I didn’t see it when I bought them. The bottle on the left, the bottle of red paint, has a different label, it’s a silver label instead of white. Why is it silver instead of white ? That’s because it’s oil based paint, not water based. This is the color that we had not used yet.

I realized the red paint was oil based as Mr. C was painting his ‘Lightning McQueen’ car on the kitchen table. (Yes, this one is not a Matchbox car, as anyone with a toddler will know. This is a somewhat more expensive tie in to the Disney movie ‘Cars’. Mr. C thought he could use a new coat of red paint. He even went so far as to cut out tiny pieces of masking tape to make sure the windshield would not get paint on it)

As he was putting on the finishing touches he says ‘This paint is very sticky’. ‘Ok, well we’ll just wash it off after we’re done’ I say. He’s old enough now that I trust him to be able to wash his hands by his self, so I send him off to the bathroom. After a much longer than usual time in there, he comes back into the kitchen to let me know that the red paint does not come off. He said this as he was rubbing his hands on his shirt and paints.

The bathroom is on the second floor. To get to the bathroom from the kitchen you have to go through the dining room, through the living room, up the stairs, through a hallway, and then into the bathroom. I forget exactly what I said when I suddenly pictured all the things that are on the way to the bathroom. Maybe it was “Yikes”, or “Ackk”, something like that. After he said “Crisis Sakes” a few times a few months ago, I resolved to try not to swear, so I don’t think I swore, I could be wrong though.

I managed to get the paint off his hands after about fifteen minutes of cleaning. His shirt and pants though will just have to have red smears on them.

Here’s what also had red paint spots. This was a few days ago, and we’re still finding more red spots on things.

– Kitchen table

– Kitchen chairs

– Kitchen floor

– Two coffee cups – (these might have been my fault)

– Three plates

– Stairway wall

– Three bathroom towels

– Bathroom sink

Most of the paint comes off, with a rag and some thinner, though we might still have some spots on the towels.

The car looks nice though. That’s some high quality paint, it’s never coming off that little car. You’d think that after all that work to get the car painted that I’d at least have a photo of the car, but no, it has gone missing just like the train. Maybe they’ll both turn up under a radiator some day.

Update: We found the car!



14 thoughts on “One of these things is not like the others

    • Oh, it’s not so bad, it’s been like a scavenger hunt tracking down things that have red spots on them. Or like piecing together the route he took on his way to the bathroom!

  1. This made me chuckle… so something I would do, but kudos to you you pulled it off with nary a “Crisis Sakes” I doubt I would have done as well!

    • I should have also wrote that my hands were also covered in the same red paint too. So I had to run after him with a rag over my hands hoping that I wouldn’t drip anything on the carpet in the living room.

  2. Well, the good thing is, the car looks great! I can’t stand oil paint as it’s such a pain to clean up. Our HOA recently decided to have all the back fencing repainted and of course I put my hand on the fence as the paint was fresh. It was dark red, so it looked like I has bloody hands for a while…

      • We’ve had our dose of paint recently, that’s for sure. I just got the inside of the house repainted and as the painters were taking over the place, we tried to get in and out of the house as quickly as we could, but usually not without rubbing off some of the paint on our skin or clothes. At least, that paint is washable! The best my youngest did was to use a dark red (washable) marker all over his bare legs when he was about 3. The first look I had at him, I screamed, thinking it was blood dripping all over his legs! I may still have that photo. That was a hilarious moment.

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