DIY Dad Pimps Ride From Old Banger To Incredible Van For £68
- Wayne Mulholland, 38, was fed up with his Vauxhall Vivaro’s tired appearance
- He bought paint cans from B&M and car seat covers from ebay
- His van looks like it’s been on Pimp My Ride - but on a budget
If your car or van has seen better days but you can’t bring yourself to spend a fortune on revamping it professionally, take inspiration from this budget transformation.
Wayne Mulholland, 38, a father of three and diamond driller from Coventry, wanted to transform his old banger into a cool, modern van, but wanted to stick to a tight budget.
By buying cans of paint from B&M and some simple ebay car seat covers, his van looks unrecognisable from its formerly tired appearance.
Wayne told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “In my spare time, while I’m not working, I’m very creative in the way of creating many unique items from wood.
“In the past, I’ve made beds, wardrobes, playhouses and much more, so I thought I’d try something new.
"I decided to spray paint the dashboard and doors of my 2009 Vauxhall Vivaro.
“My van was looking tired and I wanted to give it a modern look but on a budget.
"I sprayed mine red and black. The first thing I did was strip all the parts that can be removed, cleaned it all down then gave it two coats of plasti-coat primer.
“Once it was dry, it was ready to be sprayed black, which I did. The parts I took off, I took to my shed, cleaned them, primed them and sprayed them red.
“Once everything was sprayed I put it all back on the van and once it was complete I must say I was happy with the finished result.
“The overall project took me about a week to do and the cost was around £68.
"The sugar soap cost about £2, and I also bought three cans of plasti-coat primer, three cans of plasti-coat high gloss black and one can of plasti-coat high gloss red from B&M for £51.
"Once I finished doing the dashboard and cleaned the floor, I thought to myself 'a new set of seat covers would complete the van’, so I purchased a set of seat covers off eBay for around £15."
Wayne was delighted with the outcome of his cool new van, especially considering the bargain price of his refurbishment.
“When it was done, I felt so pleased with the results and was sure I had saved hundreds of pounds compared to what a garage would have charged me,” Wayne adds.
"If I were to take my van to a garage, at a guess I think I would be looking a few hundred pounds at least.
"I would say this is a project that many people could take on themselves - the important thing is to make sure everything is well cleaned and protected and you wear a mask!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “So many of us have old, tired vehicles which are in serious need of TLC, but a facelift at a garage can cost hundreds or even thousands.
“Wayne’s amazing van transformation just shows that you don’t need to spend a fortune on revamping your car: some cheap cans of paint and some affordable car seat covers can work wonders!"
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