Start by removing any ribbons, ornaments or decorations that came with
the sled. If it didn't come with any, well that's even better! I left
the original rope on to give it character.
This sled has seen better days, with the ribbon removed and ornaments
taken off, you can still see what was on it originally.
With your utility knife (or scissors) scrape off the hot glue until
it is completely removed. If there is some glue that just won't come
off, you can use coarse sandpaper to remove the rest.
Make sure to sand the complete wooden sled completely to "rough"
it up for priming. This sled happens to have a light poly varnish on
it. It will all have to be removed.
Wipe the sled with a damp rag/sock to remove dirt, dust and oil build-up.