Changing the Car Interior Color from Tan to Black with ColorBond – Colorbond Paint

Changing the Car Interior Color from Tan to Black with ColorBond

April 16, 2020


Chad Lemmon is into Panther platform Ford’s and Mercury’s and the family actually races Ford Crown Victoria’s in a circle dirt track series. So, when Chad came across a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis with only 76,000 miles, he couldn’t pass it up. Especially with a sales price of only $300.00. It wasn’t running but only needed a catalytic converter replaced for it to be ready to drive. Chad began making modifications to the car and soon found himself considering changing the car interior color.

“The car came with a bench seat and the shifter was on the steering column. I had another Grand Marquis donor car with a leather interior and a console with a floor shifter. I decided to swap that and the carpet into my new Grand Marquis. The problem was it was tan, and I wanted black” says Chad. “I heard of people using Rustoleum, to change the interior color, but the results weren’t good and appeared glossy. Not like a factory finish.” He explains. Chad started researching what paint would work best for changing the car interior color and was impressed by the ColorBond LVP Refinisher demonstration videos he found on YouTube. So, he decided to give ColorBond a try.

“I was excited and nervous as I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. My dad doubted that it would look good. But it turned out great! He couldn’t get over how good it looked! My buddies couldn’t believe it was painted. The finish looks like it came from the factory.” Enthuses Chad.

The ColorBond LVP Refinisher Process

“To prepare the interior I washed the smaller plastic parts off in the sink with dishwashing detergent and cleaned off the seats and larger parts with Simple Green. I then wiped everything down with mineral spirits. Later I saw ColorBond has Prep Cleaner. I could have just used that.”  Chad laughs.

When Chad started painting the interior, he found the paint wasn’t adhering well to some of the plastics. A friend asked if he was applying an adhesive promoter before painting, which he wasn’t. Looking on the ColorBond website he found Adhesion Promoter and ordered it. That solved his problem.

Chad says the ColorBond was easy to use and there were no runs in the paint. Overall, he used 16 cans of LVP Refinisher to change the car interior color at a total cost of $264.00. To professionally refinish the interior, it would have cost over $1,500. Chad says it took about 8 hours to spray all the interior components.

“ColorBond is the way to go if you want to spray paint your interior. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for!” Chad concludes.

Congratulations to Chad Lemmon on a job well done.

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Chad painting door panel



Carpet partially painted