The interiors above are from Hot Wheels ’63 Split-Windows. You’ll notice that the interiors differ in color; tan, black and white. There is also a gray version. You can see that the look of your custom may be altered simply by using different colored interiors. Which is a good reason to pick up several extras of the current hot castings… windows and interiors change over time and you may desire a white interior when all of the ’70 Chevelles currently shipping are using a black one, for example.

Painting Interiors – Contrary to popular belief, plastic parts may indeed be painted, the process is pretty straightforward:

  • 1) Do not attempt to strip or sand the soft plastic interiors!
  • 2) Spray the interior (top & bottom) with some sort of primer designer for plastic/resin..
  • 3) After the primer has dried thoroughly, shoot your color coat.
  • 4) And finally, as an option, you may want to detail the interior and then top coat the entire thing with a semi-gloss or dull-cote.

Interiors can also be cut or trimmed for wild applications, using a rotary tool, jeweler’s saw, or X-Acto knife (or a combination of all three). This is often necessary when lowering cars or adding big drag slicks. And some of the pliable plastic welders can be used when you wish to bond two or more interior pieces together (Power Poxy’s “Super Poxy,” for example).

Interiors can also be tu-toned or even detailed with silver or gray or even wood finishes depending upon your creativity.  Even foils can be used to highlight aspects of the interior.  Some even use tiny decals for instruments and other features. 

The plastic interiors may be the easiest part of a custom to work with and, usually, are easily replaced when an error does occur.


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