If you have an older van that you would like to convert to reflect your love for the 70's, consider adding some color and special effects to make your very own hippie-mobile. It is not that difficult to change the appearance of a plain van to one that shows your love and appreciation for the 70's decade. Here are some instructions you can use to convert your own van into a groovy work of art.
Start With The Paint
The best way to get the result you are looking for is to hire a professional painting contractor to do the job for you. You can specify the colors you are looking for, and they will be able to pattern your van in a way that will give striking results. Professional painters can easily do tie-dye jobs by placing each color on the van in a series of steps. One color would dry before another would be added so the result is not a washed out color of mixed paint.
Buy some shaggy carpeting from a carpet store to install inside your van. If there is existing carpet, vacuum, shampoo and dry it thoroughly before covering it up with the new carpet. This will keep bad smells or mold from forming underneath. If you are installing it over bare metal, use a carpet glue to keep it in place. Look for a color that was popular in the 70's decade, such as lime green, bright orange, or a sunny yellow.
Use Some Decals
Place some decals on the exterior of your van after it has come back from the painting service. If you would rather, keep the decals on the windows and bumper so they are easily seen instead of getting lost in the colors of the paint job. Decals can be ordered online or bought in auto and novelty stores. Look for peace symbols, large flowers or wording such as "groovy".
Decorate The Inside
Tape posters from the era inside the bed of your van. You can start collecting these from yard sales or auctions to put inside your van when you find them. Place some bright rugs over the back windows so they can be seen from the outside. Look for tapestries or woven tie-dyed wall hangings. These can be placed using magnets to hold them over the windows, making it easy to take them down when desired. String some beads on your rear view mirror, as well.
Making sure that your ride looks good is almost as important it is to ensure that it drives well. After all, the way your car looks says something about how well you take care of it. If there are dings in the body or chips in the paint, chances are that your vehicle's eye appeal leaves something to be desired. Luckily, there are some things you can do at home to make your car look better so that you don't have to pay an auto shop to do everything for you. Sure, you can let your service technician take care of all the heavy lifting for you, but consider using the tips and tricks found on this blog to take care of some of the minor stuff yourself.