Today we will be tackling one of the more basic steps in the Customising process but something that I have seen explained 3 or 4 different ways – only helping to confuse the matter really. Today I am here to set the record straight and show you how I personally remove the blisters from the card without doing any damage.

This is a critical step if you are to start customising cars and putting them back into the blister to onsell or perhaps add to your own carded collection.Whatever the reason – it’s kinda important.

So without further ado, let’s get staight into it.

How To Remove Your Hotwheels From the Blister Without Damaging The Card.

First thing’s first. Get yourself the following items:

  • Nail Polish Remover. Acetone also works but Nail Polish remover is far more effective for this process. Trust me.
  • Q-Tips or ear buds if you are not American and wondering WTF I am going on about. (Small cloth or even makeup remover pads also work – although nothing is as effective as the Q-Tip due to it’s rounded end that is the perfect size and holds a lot of nail polish remover
  • A carded Hotwheels mainline*
how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

Yep, that’s pretty much all you’ll need.


*This method is only effective with mainline cars as the back of the card is not laminated and as such allows us to “do our thing” If you wish to remove the car from a Boulevard, Garageย ย or pop culture series Hotwheels car then you will need to use Acetone and NOT Nail Polish Remover – and you need to gently attack the front of the card. More on that after we have looked at the process on the normal mainline card…

Apply The Nail Polish Remover to the Back of the Card.

The first thing you need to realise is that all the nail polish remover is applied to the BACK OF THE CARD. If you apply it to the front then how on earth can it get under the glue holding the blister down? It is possible but requires gently dabbing the line where the blister meets the card – and you risk the Nail polish remover taking off some of the colour from the front – among other things.

  • Take your Nail Polish Remover and fill the cap.
  • Dip the Q-Tip into the solution so that it is well and truly saturated.
  • Take note where on the front of the card the blister meets the card (it’s never perfectly centered) and then gently apply the nail polish to the equivalent place on the back of the card.
  • Remember to ONLY APPLY SOLUTION TO BOTTOM AND EDGES. Leave the top of the blister in place so you can hinge the car out and back in again.
how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

You can literally soak the card. It will dry completely without leaving any residual marks

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

I reckon I do about 20 laps up down and up again (do not do the top edge)

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

You can see here how saturated the card is – watch this space

  • Once the card is well and truly soaked turn it over and make sure it has gone through the card to the right place (underneath the blister edges)
  • It should look something like this:
how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

She is definitely ready for the next step

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

This blister is now literally coming up on its own

  • Now simply wait between 30 seconds and 2 minutes (dependent on temp and conditions etc) and you should notice the blister starting to come up in sections on its own.
  • Gently pry the blister up from the bottom, hinging it gently.
how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

It really does come up as easily as the picture indicates

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

See how soaked the card is? – watch and see what happens when we wait a few minutes…

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

You can see the card already starting to dry without leaving creases or watermarks

  • After about 5 – 10 minutes the card is completely dry again – and because it was a chemical solution and not water it has dried without leaving a single mark.
  • Now simply add your custom car and Bob’s your Uncle. Or Robert, whatever he prefers.
how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

You can see here the card is 95% dry now

how to remove hotwheels from card and blister

OK Now it is 100% dry and ready to be glued back down and displayed… or sold

  • Now you can glue the blister back down again and wait for it to dry
  • I recommend using a PVA Wood Glue as it dries clear and can be applied neatly using a (different) Q-Tip
  • There are other options – so long as you DO NOT USE SUPERGLUE as this will strip the colours and ink from the front of the card….not to mention it dries leaving a white bird-shit type residue on everything! #FuckYouSuperGlue

How To Remove Hotwheels From Garage, Boulevard or Pop Culture Blisters

I will just quickly share how to remove your Hotwheels from the Blister when the card is laminated on the back as well as the front.

First thing you need to do is PUT THE NAIL POLISH REMOVER AWAY. Now grab some ACETONE
*Using Acetone will prevent the colours and ink from running – something the nail polish remover will do.

  • The process is basically the same as above except you will be attacking the blister from the front.
  • You want to get a Q-Tip or similar and apply the Acetone to the section where the blister meets the card.
  • Again, leave the top part of blister so you can use it as a hinge and gently go around the sides and bottom for a few [hundred] laps
  • You will physically see the acetone leaking into and under the blister. This is good ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Keep repeating this process until the blister and card look like the example above and then simply peel it up and remove the car.

That’s it!

Hope this How To Guide helped you sort out the age old problem of how on earth to get the hotwheels out of the blister without doing any noticeable damage. Now go and start putting your kick ass customs back into their homes and displaying them with pride.

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