How to stop rubbing of plastic door?


Picture attached. I started doing this hobby in July. When I repaint a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe I use only products made for plastic. 1st I scrub the Cozy with Dawn & water. I lightly sand it, I spray primer on it, spray with paint, then spray it with a clear coat. On all of them I've done the door always rubs & starts right away to wear the paint off. I was told to use adhesive vinyl but for some reason nothing is sticking well for me. Others don't seem to have this problem. The picture attached shows Gorilla Tape I tried, thinking that would hold. I've also tried various tapes, even tried a dresser drawer tape to make them slide. Last thing someone told me was put candle wax on it. So I ask for your help in protecting the paint by having something that will slid the door easily.

Thank you.

q how to stop rubbing of plastic door
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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Dec 08, 2018

    If the door rubs, before you paint it, sand it down. The layers of paint, etc. are making it too large for that area. This is just like a door in a house - if it rubs against the frame - sand that area of the door so it doesn't rub.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 08, 2018

    Hi. Have you tried heating up where it rubs and pulling it wider so that the door doesn't rub? Plastic can be remolded.

    If you do sand instead, use warmed vinegar to smooth. Sanding using the wet sanding method will help with plastic feathering.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Dec 08, 2018

    Debbie, Try some duct tape, it comes in several colors, or paint tape. It's used for cover places where you don't want to get paint, and I believe it comes in yellow. Aloha!

  • Judy Kennedy Judy Kennedy on Dec 08, 2018

    Rub a bar of soap or a candle on the spot where it rubs.

  • Sam Sam on Dec 08, 2018

    if this is just a kids toy, why bother too much as long as the door closes.

    it will get banged up and scratched anyway. don't sweat the small stuff.

    just let the child play w it and be done w it.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 08, 2018

    Kids will enjoy this toy whether or not the door is perfect, as long as it is they can play with it. More than likely they will outgrow it before you know.

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Dec 08, 2018

    Does the paint you are using recommend a clear coat? The for plastic paints I've used should be enough for that area. As others have said, too many layers may make it too thick. Plus, in my opinion, shiny coats have a tendency to stick to each other unless they are cured for a very lengthy time. I'd go with just the main color coat and let it cure. Nothing else. See if that works.

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Dec 09, 2018

    If that’s all that’s wrong with the car, it still looks good. If that is where kids are swinging their legs and feet to get in and out, then it will scratch and wear down in no time. At lest the door closes and stays there. But you know, that I do understand your frustration at the glitch you encountered.

    What If you sanded that area down as much as possible. Then using a strong duct tape, perhaps black, and place the tape to make it looking like a running board just like all cars have. Good luck! 😀

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