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Refinishing Mercedes Door Panels for Under $100

Posted on May 21, 2018. 0 comments

Our friend Brian Feiden sent us some really great photos when he refurbished his Mercedes door panels.

ColorBond worked wonders on these 1985 Mercedes 300 SD panels!!  Many people have asked me when (and from where) did I buy brand new door panels and molding.  Fantastic product!! I will be using in many more applications in the coming months. Your product will be a game changer in our new auto restoration business.

Brian took his door panels from tan to black Mercedes Anthracite. He did this with 4 cans plus a can of adhesion promoter and prep 09 cleaner.

The total job cost was under $100! You can’t beat that savings!

Mercedes Door Panel - Tan

Mercedes Door Panel - Black

Mercedes Door Panel - Black

Mercedes Door Panel - Black

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4 New ColorBond Colors Coming in June

Posted on May 17, 2018. 0 comments

We are proud to announce we are adding 4 new colors to our catalog in June - bringing our inventory to 197!

The four colors added are....

3195 Lexus Night Fall Mica

3196 Mercedes Porcelain

3197 Mercedes Crystal Gray

3198 Magenta Red

All four colors will be added to our Color Chart June 1.

Headed to the PBES Conference May 16-18? Stop by and say hello! The Paint, Body, and Equipment Specialists Conference showcases leaders in innovating paint technology. ColorBond will be there demoing our products and answering your questions.

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Level 7 MotorSports 1992 Camero Project

Posted on Apr 23, 2018. 0 comments

 Our friends at Level 7 MotorSports are redoing the interior of a Camero and sent us a few shots. The brighter red color is BMW Coral Red and they used about 5 cans of it. You can really see the difference from the old GM color.


Hopefully we can get some completed interior pictures soon.

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Roger saves over $700 using ColorBond on 2 door Tahoe

Posted on Apr 17, 2018. 0 comments

Our latest customer success story comes by way of our friend Roger, who saved a bunch refurbishing his SUV. In what would've cost $850 to replace professionally cost Roger less than $100 to do himself:
This was a "utility, plain Jane, vehicle" no carpets, no center console, no rear panels, Blue cloth door panels with wing up windows.It took almost a year to locate all the necessary interior parts from various junk yards as the 2 door Tahoe was only built for 5 years, and most of the 4 door version panels will not fit. Power leather front seats, came from NJ, the rears from Tampa and were covered in mold. the front door panels from Plant City FL and were electric windows. The complete interior was stripped out, treated any signs of rust, applied dynamat. adapted new seat belts, as direct replacement are not available. Worked over a year in my garage spraying each and every part gray. Looks like a new SUV now.






Roger used four cans of # 329 Ford Light Flint, one can of # 215 clear ad pro, and a bottle of prep cleaner.

Shop what Roger used: ColorBond LVP Refinsher, Prep Cleaner

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2018 CLeo Contest is Underway! Enter to Win $500 and a Trip to SEMA

Posted on Mar 23, 2018. 0 comments

It is time again for our annual CLeo Award Contest!

Show us your best work using ColorBond for a chance to head to Las Vegas for the 2018 SEMA Show and win a cool $500.

The rules are simple: Send us photos on your ColorBond success story through or our online portal and write up a brief testimonial. The best restoration will win the 2018 CLeo Award, $500, and their car or truck showcased at the SEMA Show in Vegas. Your auto will be featured in the ColorBond booth and have a space in a 100-car parade down the strip!

Last year, Eddie Black won the Cleo for completely redoing the paint scheme of NFL star Vic Beasley’s Camaro from black and grey to a complete Clemson color scheme.

Ken Bolen won our 1st CLeo award in 2014 for his expert restoration of a 1969 Cadillac that used to be owned by Kay Stevens (of Rat Pack fame).

In 2015, Jay Van Houten won the 2nd Annual CLeo Award for an amazing job restoring a 1954 Rolls-Royce to glory.

Carlos Medrano won in 2016 for his stunning work on his 2013 Honda Civic SI.

Will you win the CLeo this year? Send us your story and give it a shot!

Eddie Black CLeo

Eddie Black & Vic Beasley


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We had a blast at Mobile Tech Expo

Posted on Feb 03, 2018. 0 comments

We had a great time at this year's Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando, FL! We met some new friends and caught up with some old friends as we demo'd our products. Special thanks to our friends of ColorBond who joined us for dinner including Jacob Ramirez of Ramirez Interior and his wife and two children, Ben and Joe Wanda of Masters Touch with their wives, Hana and Gwynn, Carol Talley and her partner of Colorite Interior, Steven and Alex Bird of New Life Australia, and friend of Colorbond, Mike Stoopes of Meguiars Wax.

The Mobile Tech Expo is the original show for all Mobile Automotive Professionals including PDR, Mobile Detailing and home to the PDR Dent Olympics.


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Vic Beasley's Camaro a Hit at SEMA 2017

Posted on Nov 22, 2017. 0 comments

We were so honored to be able to showcase Vic Beasley’s 2012 Camero at SEMA 2017. It was a huge hit with convention attendees.

Beasley Car


We’ve shared the amazing before and after photos of Vic Beasley’s car before. Our friend Eddie Black completely redid the black car in Clemson colors. He gave us background on the project: 

"When the 2012 Camaro came in to us, it was pretty bad shape body-wise. There were no major parts replaced with the exception of the convertible top at a cost of $2000 plus the cost of ColorBond dye. The interior was done with ColorBond dye at a cost of $280. Cost for 24" Forgiato Wheels, paint and tires was about $10,000. From start to finish, a conservative estimate is 350 man hours to complete the project."

The final product was so great that we presented Mr. Black with the 2017 CLeo Award (given for expert use of ColorBond products).

2017 CLeo Award Presentation

We were also happy to give away a Beasley signed football to a very big Clemson fan. The winner, Tammy, is also a huge fan of Beasley himself and was overjoyed at winning.


As a thank you to Mr. Beasley for allowing us to showcase his vehicle, ColorBond made a generous donation to the Vic Beasley 44 Tackle & Sack Challenge, which fights childhood cancers through the Rally Foundation.

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SEMA 2017 Recap

Posted on Nov 10, 2017. 0 comments

We had a blast at SEMA 2017. We've seen old friends, made some new ones, and had an overall great time. Vic Beasley's camero looked great as the centerpiece of the ColorBond booth and everyone loved the work that Eddie Black did on it. We were honored to present Eddie Black with his 2017 CLeo Award as well as $500 prize for his expert work.

We also hung out with the Demented crew from NFL Network's Tackle My Ride. They were so excited to meet some fans and sign some autographs. We celebrated Leo Kagen's 101st birthday with an awesome cake. The winner of the Vic Beasley signed football was a nice woman named Tammy who is a huge Clemson/Vic Beasley fan! 

In addition to all that fun, ColorBond has also made a generous donation to the Vic Beasley 44 Tackle & Sack Challenge where monies raised go toward fighting childhood cancers through the Rally Foundation.

Malcolm and Demented Crew

Leo Kagen and Miss Christy Lee

Malcolm and Vic Beasley

Malcolm and Tammy

Malcolm and Tammy

Tammy in Vic Beasley's Car

Malcolm and Tammy

CLeo Presentation

CLeo Presentation

CLeo Presentation

Leo's Birthday Cake


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Join ColorBond at SEMA 2017 (Listing of Events)

Posted on Oct 23, 2017. 0 comments

ColorBond SEMA Events

If you're headed to SEMA 2017, be sure to stop by the ColorBond booth. Here's what we have planned during the week:


  • 12pm - Meet Jaime Torrez from NFL Network's Tackle My Ride

  • 1:30-1:45 - Celebrating Leo Kagan's 101 birthday!


  • 1pm - CLeo Award Presentation - Come see Eddie Black, this year's CLeo award winner, for his expert work on transforming Atlanta Falcon's star Vic Beasley's Camero into a Clemson University lover's dream ride.

  • Right after the CLeo Award - Drawing to win a NFL football signed by Vic Beasley.
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Tackle My Ride's Jaime Torrez to Appear at SEMA

Posted on Oct 06, 2017. 0 comments

Tackle My Ride

We're proud to announce that Jaime Torrez of the NFL Network's Tackle My Ride will be signing autographs at the ColorBond booth during SEMA.

Mr. Torrez and family will be available Wednesday, Nov 1 at 12pm and Thursday, Nov 2 at 1pm. They will also participate in the 2017 CLeo Award presentation as well as announcing the winner of our Vic Beasley Signed Football contest immediately following the CLeo presentation.

A regular series on the NFL Network, Tackle My Ride features NFL fans getting their cars the makeover of their dreams with a surprise visit from their favorite NFL player. This season, Vic Beasley - the same Vic Beasley who redid his camero in Clemson colors - will be surprising a fan.

NFL Network


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Win a Signed Vic Beasley Football at SEMA 2017

Posted on Aug 23, 2017. 0 comments

One lucky person at SEMA will win an authentic NFL football signed by Vic Beasley!

Vic Beasley Signed Football

How can I enter?

Drop off your business card at the ColorBond booth during SEMA for your chance.

When can I win?

The drawing will commence 1pm, Wednesday, Nov 1st after we present the CLeo award to Eddie Black, this year's winner for his expert work on transforming Vic Beasley's car to a Clemson lover's dream ride. 

The winner must be present to win the award. 

Mark it in your calendars:
11/1 1:00 PM
Booth 23889 Main Hall 

Good luck!

Vic Beasley's Signed Football and Car

Vic Beasley Signed Football Interior

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Vic Beasley’s Camaro wins the 2017 Cleo Award

Posted on Jul 28, 2017. 0 comments

Malcolm Johnson, CEO of ColorBond Automotive Paint is pleased to announce the fourth annual recipient of the Cleo Interior Restoration Trophy. This year’s winner of the prestigious award is Mr. Eddie Black, owner of Blacks Body Shop located in Adairville, Georgia. Eddie customized a 2012 Camaro for Vic Beasley, an NFL All Star outside Linebacker who plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

Eddie Black painted the interior Lamborghini Orange and Purple with ColorBond LVP and no interior replacements part  were used . All components are original.  The exterior is painted with Tri Color  Diamont  Systems,  donated by Southeastern P&B, The vivid colors  honor   Mr. Beasley’s alma mater, Clemson University  350-man hours that were spent on this project and reflect the artistry and dedication of Mr. Black and his staff.

The Cleo was established in 2012 to honor SEMA hall of famer and longtime SEMA member Leo Kagan. Leo was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim to Las Vegas. Leo is 101 years young, has participated in 51 SEMA shows and will present the trophy in the ColorBond Booth, at SEMA. Booth 23889 Main Hall.

The Cleo Crystal Trophy and a $500 check is awarded to the individual who best utilizes ColorBond paint to restore the interior of an automobile.  Past vehicles include a 1967 Cadillac Deville that was owned by associate of the Las Vegas “Rat Pack “, and a 1953 Rolls Royce. Last year’s winner, Carlos Medaro tuned his 2013 wide body Honda and will also be present to award the trophy.

This year’s award will take place at SEMA on Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 in the ColorBond Booth, 23889 Main Hall at 1:00 PM A birthday celebration for Mr. Kagan will immediately follow the presentation. All are invited.

For more information contact ColorBond at 877-882-6567.

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20 Years Later: Revisiting the Yellow Submarine

Posted on Jul 20, 2017. 0 comments

Our friend Rich Pleimling in New Buffalo, Michigan wanted to share his story.

In 1997, he was at his wits end for changing the color of his leather seats of his chopped 16' 1966 suburban Yellow Submarine from brown to black.

Rich Purchased six cans of Molecubond (what ColorBond was named then). They were packaged in 6 oz cans at the time. He spent $24.00.

He was extremely skeptical that an aerosol could achieve magic.

After completing the job he could not believe the softness and durability of ColorBond on the leather and hard plastic.

"Today these seats are as soft and cushy as they were 20 years ago," said Rich. "And the girls really love to squeeze them at all the car shows."

An interior  replacement of this magnitude today would cost over $5000. It would cost about $112 to do this job today with ColorBond. 

Rich kept the Molecubond aerosol can all these years to remind him of the quality of ColorBond.




He has just purchased four cans of Sea Ray Cutty white to restore his first automobile that he ever owned, a 1953 Stubebaker (pictured).

Can't wait to see that restoration.

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Vic Beasley Painted His Car Clemson Colors and it's Awesome

Posted on Jun 22, 2017. 76 comments

Most of you know Vic Beasley as the star middle linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted 8th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons out of Clemson University. He led the league in sacks in the 2016 season. You probably even bought a Vic Beasley jersey.

But what you probably didn't know is how deep his love for Clemson goes. So much so that when it was time to customize his 2012 Camaro, there was only one way to do it.

Our friend Eddie Black from Eddie Black’s Restoration explains it:

"When the 2012 Camaro came in to us, it was pretty bad shape body-wise. There were no major parts replaced with the exception of the convertible top at a cost of $2000 plus the cost of ColorBond dye. The interior was done with ColorBond dye at a cost of $280. Cost for 24" Forgiato Wheels, paint and tires was about $10,000. From start to finish, a conservative estimate is 350 man hours to complete the project."

The exterior color used is 2015 Lamborghini Orange Tricolor paint by R&M Diamont Systems, donated by Southeast PBE, 59 Maple Ridge Drive Cartersville GA.

As for the ColorBond, they purchased quarts of black, white, red, and orange, mixed them, and then shot the color through a LVHP gun. This is a much more efficient way to paint and allows for a bigger coverage area. Everything was able to be sprayed evenly: convertible top, dash, and seats.

This is one of the best customization jobs we’ve seen. It sure is a great way to show off pride for your alma mater.



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Stacey David’s 1984 Pickup Rehab Using Colorbond Paint

Posted on Jun 20, 2017. 0 comments

We have been big fans of Stacey David for a long time, which is why we decided to partner with him on his show. His knowledge and genuine joy about rehab projects is infectious. He recently showed how to use our interior paint during a renovation of a 1984 pickup:

As seen in this episode: LVP Refinisher


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1960 Chris Craft 17' Sportsman Restoration

Posted on Jun 01, 2017. 1 comment

We never pass up an opportunity to spotlight a boat refinishing project - especially when it involves a vintage 1960 Chris Craft 17-foot Sportsman.

The owner of the boat, Robert Larsen, used six total cans of Vette Red and Sea Ray Cutty white to restore the dash and cushions. Red is especially prone to fading so this is perfect to show how ColorBond can bring the material back to pristine condition.

He spent under $100 for what normally would cost thousands!

As a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and Chris Craft Boat Club, Mr. Larsen has received many compliments on the boat. People can't believe that everything on his boat is still 100% original and that ColorBond helped him restore the original glory. They all assume he bought replacement parts!

Take a look for yourself on the great work...

Before Restoration:

Chris Craft Before

Chris Craft Before

Chris Craft After


After Restoration

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After


Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After



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Painting the Inside of a 2017 Freightliner - Before and After

Posted on Apr 28, 2017. 1 comment

We love getting photos that show off the interior restorations of Freightliners. These type of commercial trucks see a lot of use and their upholstery definitely start showing wear and tear rather quickly. Other times, a customer just wants to add a different color to create a new feel.

ColorBond can take the interior of Freightliners and make them like new. Our friend Michael Greene, who is an expert at Freightliner interior work, was able to give this interior a make-over using only 4 cans of ColorBond. The customer wanted a complete color change from tan to black. To do this type of replacement would have cost $4200. The savings was through the roof. Check out these great before and after photos.


Before the job, the interior of the truck was a standard tan color, which lacked any personality.






Pro Tip: Removing panels and elements makes the painting (and cleanup) much quicker.



The after photos are simply stunning. This looks like a completely new truck interior. The black gives the truck a bold personality.


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Painting Boat Bolsters - Before and After

Posted on Apr 03, 2017. 0 comments

We've written before about the effectiveness of ColorBond in restoring life into your boat upholstery. Using only one can of Sea Ray white boat refinishing paint, our friend Inez Tate really put some new life into his boat bolsters. Check out these before/after photos. What normally would cost about $350 to replace now looks new for only $15.95. Amazing savings!





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Lucy's BMW Interior Restoration from Cream to Cinnamon

Posted on Mar 07, 2017. 1 comment

It's not often that we get to share a woman's expert use of ColorBond Interior Paint so we were really excited to get these great photos from Lucy.

She used only 2 cans of BMW Cinnamon to paint over the original cream color of her seats. She also used some grey carpet color for her floor mats. The results were fantastic!

"It was a last ditch effort to renew the interior because I was so unhappy with the drab colors inside" she writes. "It literally has given me a new love for the car all over again. All in all is it GORGEOUS."






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2014 Freightliner Cascadia Commercial Truck Restoration

Posted on Feb 03, 2017. 2 comments

Commercial trucks see a lot of use. The daily beating causes wear and tear that most residential cars never experience. Even for these heavy-duty restorations, ColorBond can help.

Steve Sheetz was tasked with restoring the interior of a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck. The inside was in dire need of TLC. 

Caustic chemicals had been applied in an attempt to clean the vehicle. It made only made things worse. Not wanting to dispose of the interior, he decided to try ColorBond's LVP Refinisher.

Steve used 3 cans of each Volvo color (total of 6 cans) and spent 7.5 hours of labor. The results are night and day!

Total cost of the project was $900. The replacement cost would have been $3,800-$4,000. That's 73% in savings. That's not even including the disposal fee the old interior. Disposal fee’s have become a significant bottom line cost to doing business with large companies. Being able to restore the old interior saved money (and is much better for the environment).

The  facility manager, Mark Greene was quite impressed. "I would recommend LVP to any shop that faces these kinds of issues," he said. "The cost savings were obvious, the job was fairly simple and note the excellent OEM appearance."

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Marcus Wilson's 2012 Honda Accord Sedan Build

Posted on Jan 10, 2017. 1 comment

Our friend Marcus Wilson from Cali Coalition Car Club recently shared his experience with ColorBond on his 2012 Honda Accord. 

His 8th Generation build was sponsored by JDM Sport and was featured at SEMA's 50th Anniversary.

Mr. Wilson explains how he saved time and money by using ColorBond to change the interior from grey to black:

"I actually sprayed the interior door caps and trim to black because the replacement parts would've ran me about 400 or so. Also, to have a shop do the work, it would've been around 500 for prep, removal and install. With ColorBond, I shaved off a lot of time at the shop and saved hundreds on the job by doing it in the garage properly and following the steps as instructed on how to make it look OEM. A lot of people were shocked. The interior trim was originally grey like the seats. I ran out of time so the seats were not completed. Thinking of doing them as well but will need to get more cans to complete those."






Bonus Engine Shots


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ColorBond Hits 20 Years With Very Active 2016

Posted on Dec 19, 2016. 0 comments

2016 has been a very active year for ColorBond. This year we celebrated 20 years in business! And not only have we launched 17 new colors, we are set to release three more by the end of the year:

  • #3008 Hyundai Tuscon Black

  • #3009 Nissan Dark Trim Gray

  • #3010 Chevy Jet black.

That gives us a total of 188 colors - a truly industry-leading selection.

Also launched this year was our new Industrial Paint line - specially designed for heavy-duty jobs like frames, outdoor equipment, and more.

SEMA 2016 came and will go down in the books as one of our best years! We were honored to present Carlos Medrano with the 2016 CLeo award and $500 for his outstanding work using ColorBond. We were also blessed from visits by AZN from Street Outlaws and Reggie Jackson! SEMA 2016 was all the more special as we were able to celebrate Leo Kagen’s 100th birthday.

Our trip to Australia was a blast and gave us much needed information to lay the groundwork for possible more expansion internationally (a top customer question). We are beyond excited for this new market.

Thank you to all who help our business succeed. This includes our vendors, BDI staff, and, most importantly, our customers.

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SEMA 2016 Recap With Pictures: Reggie Jackson, Carlos Wins CLEO, and Leo Turns 100

Posted on Nov 15, 2016. 0 comments

We couldn't wait for the 2016 SEMA show. In addition to presenting the 3rd annual CLeo award winner, Carlos Medrano, with his trophy and check for an amazing work on his Honda Civic, the SEMA show brings together hundreds of car enthusiasts to check out the latest products. We were honored to have some great conversations with professionals and DIYers about their restoration projects.
We also celebrated Leo Kagen's 100 year birthday! Leo Kagen is a SEMA member and was responsible for moving the SEMA show to Vegas in 1977. He continues to work for ColorBond and the CLeo award was made in his honor.
We also enjoyed a couple visitors. AZN from Street Outlaws came by to view Mr. Medrano's award winning work. And also "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson stopped by. He took time out to learn about ColorBond and also to chat with Leo Kagen about baseball.
Below is a collection of photos from the SEMA show. You can view more on our facebook page.

Carlos Medrano wins 2016 CLeo Award


Leo Kagen celebrates 100 years!


Mr. October Reggie Jackson Stops by the ColorBond Booth 

Reggie Jackson meets Leo
Reggie Jackson Talks Baseball with Leo
Reggie Jackson talks ColorBond with Sarah
Sarah Johnson, who's also a great licensed acupuncturist in South Austin, shows Reggie Jackson how ColorBond works.

AZN from Street Outlaws Stopped by

AZN of Street Outlaws Visit


AZN Visit 2

Stephanie Blanco Shows Off Her ColorBond Success

Stephanie Blanco Interior
Stephanie Blanco Exterior
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Turning a Ford Mustang's Leather Seats from Charcoal Grey to Cinnamon Brown

Posted on Nov 01, 2016. 0 comments

Our friend Nicholas Lentini's Mustang had an interior that was all charcoal grey. One day, he decided to change it up to be a two-tone scheme. He chose a warm cinnamon brown to contrast with the grey and the results are simply outstanding.....

 BMW Interior Before

BMW Interior Before

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Carlos Medrano is Our 2016 CLeo Award Winner!

Posted on Oct 07, 2016. 0 comments

Congratulations to Carlos Medrano for winning the 2016 CLeo Award for his expert use of ColorBond products on his 2013 Honda Civic SI!

For only $150, Carlos was able to completely redo and update his interior to have a sharp color scheme throughout the vehicle.

For a job as extensive as this, Carlos would have to spend thousands of dollars going to a professional. Instead, he did the whole job himself ColorBond Paints for massive savings and incredible results.

"There are only 3 wide body civics in the US," he says. "There are no other companies making a wide body so to me this is what sets my civic apart from the rest of the pack. I'm always looking for ways to go above and beyond expectations."

Carlos is no stranger to custom builds. He's an avid auto rebuilder (4 cars at once!) and has previously won awards for his work. We are glad that ColorBond was able to meet Carlos' high standards and are proud to present him with another award for his trophy case!

Carlos will be presented with the CLeo Award at the 2016 SEMA Show. He will receive his trophy and a check for $500 on Wednesday, November 2nd at 1:00 pm in the ColorBond Booth #23978. His car will also be there so you can see the awesome job up close!

2016 CLeo Winner Exterior

 2016 CLeo Winner Interior

2016 CLeo Winner Interior 2

2016 CLeo Winner Interior 3

Carlos Medrano



The 2016 SEMA Show takes place November 1 - November 4, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las, NV 89109.

Be sure and stop by and meet the staff of ColorBond Paint. See our New Industrial Coatings at our display at Booth #23978 Central Hall.
The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. The 2015 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers
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