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ColorBond CLeo Award Presentation!

Posted on Oct 17, 2018. 0 comments

It is time again for the annual ColorBond CLeo Award Presentation! The award recognizes individuals who have shown excellence utilizing ColorBond car interior paint to restore, or restyle, the interior of any type of automobile including, trucks, muscle cars, classics. Award recipients receive the CLeo Crystal trophy, $500 and have their vehicle showcased in the ColorBond booth at the SEMA Show. They’re also provided with a space in the SEMA organized 100-car parade down the Las Vegas Strip!

The CLeo was established in 2014 to honor Mr. Leo Kagan who was responsible for moving the SEMA Show in 1977 from Anaheim, California to its current location in Las Vegas. Leo is 102 years old and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint. Past CLeo Award winners are Ken Bolen, Jay Van Houten, Carlos Medrano and Eddie Black.

ColorBond is pleased to announce Carlos Medrano is once again the winner, having earned the 2018 ColorBond CLeo Award for the amazing transformation of his 2013 Honda Civic Si interior. This incredible show car will be on display in ColorBond’s 2018 SEMA Show booth. Carlos will be presented with the award in a special ceremony taking place on Wednesday October 30th, 2018 at 1:00 PM in ColorBond’s SEMA Show booth #24181, located in the Main Hall. All are invited to attend and congratulate Carlos Medrano on a job well done.

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Refinishing a Motorcycle Seat with ColorBond is Simple and Yields Excellent Results

Posted on Oct 11, 2018. 0 comments

ColorBond customer Paul Allbritton was kind enough to share his Harley Davidson motorcycle seat refinishing project with us. He purchased this Danny Gray Airhawk seat used on e-bay from the original owner who had wrecked his bike. Originally made with black leather and a blue alligator skin inlay, it truly is a functional work of art. Paul had recently restyled his 2006 Harley Davidson Road King Classic, which included replacing the leather saddle bags with fiberglass units and painting the bike and wheels in a custom gray color. He also ran wires inside the handle bars, changed the exhaust to a Vance and Hines Big Radius 2 Into 2 Exhaust, and built the engine up with different cams and pistons. Paul wanted the color of his Danny Gray seat to complement the new gray paint, and decided the blue inlay wasn’t going to work. He felt a re-dye of the seat was necessary.

  
Danny Gray seat – before       

              
After refinishing with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

“I was a bit skeptical re-dying this seat, as I had previously used motorcycle seat dye, and it was a bad experience - it came off on my jeans” Says Paul. “I went online and Googled “Motorcycle Seat Dye” and happened to see ColorBond. I was familiar with them, having seen their Pro Tech Black Tail Lite Color in the past. So, I checked out the website and saw examples of using their interior paint and it looked great. I said to myself “If someone can change the color of the whole inside of a car, I can surely change the color of a motorcycle seat. The product was inexpensive, so I ordered a can and gave it a try.”

For preparation before painting Paul first scrubbed the seat with a solution made up of a small amount of Dawn detergent mixed with water. This was followed by ColorBond Prep Cleaner. Next, he roughed up the alligator skin inlay with 1200 grit sandpaper, and then lightly sanded the rest of the seat. As a final step, he wiped the seat down with a tack cloth before Painting with ColorBond LVP Refinisher.       

“I used only one coat! (of ColorBond LVP Refinisher). It dried fast and came out great!” Said Paul. “After it dried I wiped the seat down with a white cloth to see if there would be any residue. There was none. I used another brand of dye in the past and found it was too thick, which reduced the surface texture. With Colorbond, the grain patterns of the leather and alligator skin were well defined. My next project is masking off the inlay and painting it with ColorBond to match the paint on the motorcycle.” Paul concludes.

Editor’s note: When applying a coat of ColorBond LVP Refinisher on top of an existing coat of ColorBond LVP refinisher of a differing color, first let the existing coat dry for 24 hours. ColorBond won't build up - so the visibility of the texture of the part surface will never be compromised. Even with multiple coats. Preparation is simple – just wipe down the existing coat with ColorBond Prep Cleaner.

We at ColorBond thank Paul for taking time to send us photos and tell us about his project. We’ll share the result of his next project when it becomes available.

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For DIY’ers ColorBond Saves Money While Getting Excellent Results

Posted on Oct 04, 2018. 0 comments

We find those changing the color of their vehicle interior, or correcting cosmetic flaws, are most concerned about expense and whether the results will look great and last. Having a professional do the job usually produces a great result, but often at significant cost. Many realize doing the job themselves would be far less expensive, however, are not confident that it will turn out well.

ColorBond Paint provides an option that lets the vehicle owner recolor their interior themselves, at a cost far lower than having it done by a professional, and while achieving excellent results. ColorBond is a revolutionary molecular bonding paint that penetrates deep into plastic, vinyl and leather. Allowing the user to easily restore or change the color of leather, carpet, plastics or metal with fantastic results.

Consider the cost of having a professional refinish or reupholster an auto interior. Using a 2013 Honda Civic Si as an example we determined the following. For an auto upholstery shop to replace a driver’s leather seat cover, the parts and labor is typically about $950 for an OE cover, and about $550 for an aftermarket cover. For a professional to refinish the seat with interior paint the cost is about $250. Yet, for a Do-It-Yourself vehicle owner to refinish the seat using ColorBond LVP Refinisher in aerosol can form, it would require approximately 1 to 2 cans, with the retail cost being $16.49 to $32.98. Now consider the extended costs when 4 seats are reupholstered or refinished… But, what about the quality and durability of the ColorBond result? To get answers we spoke with Carlos Medrano, and Lilith Garcia, who restyled their own interiors using car interior paint. This was their first experience applying it, as well as their first time using ColorBond Paint. You may have heard of Lilith and Carlos here before – Carlos won the 2016 ColorBond CLeo Award and is hoping the current restyle of his 2013 Honda Civic Si show car will win him the 2018 award. Lilith’s beautiful show car, a 2014 VW Jetta, has been covered here previously and will be a feature vehicle at the 2018 SEMA Show.

Carlos' 2013 Honda Civic Si interior after he painted with ColorBond. He is once again restyling his interior using ColorBond.

Lilith Garcia's refinished the interior of this 2014 Jetta herself using ColorBond. It turned out great!

When asked what her concerns were before repainting her interior, Lilith explained “We decided we were going to do it ourselves. No matter how it turned out, we were going to shoot for it. Though, I was concerned if it was going to stick - if it would it adhere. I was especially wondering how it would bond in sharp folds and creases. It turned out the paint really grabbed in those creases. It is really stuck on. Also, it won’t scratch.” When asked the same question, Carlos said “I was concerned about whether the paint would hold up from the abuse, and if it would get scratched. In the car, I carry everything I need for car shows, including trophies. I was worried these things would scratch up the interior. But the paint didn’t scratch. It’s held up amazingly well. I never thought it would hold up this good.”

When asked what they did for preparation before painting, Lilith said “Using ColorBond made it so much easier. We just had to mask the door panels with tape for overspray, we didn’t have to remove the panels. For preparation we cleaned off the plastic and then let it dry for a day. I used ColorBond Adhesion Promoter #215 before spraying on the ColorBond LVP Refinisher. The paint was easy to apply evenly and dried in 45 seconds. Because the parts I was spraying were black, it made the Burgundy colored ColorBond appear a little dark with just one coat. So, I applied 2-3 coats and it lightened to just the color I wanted.” Carlos said “Preparation was very simple for us. We cleaned the panels with soap and water. We used ColorBond’s Adhesion Promoter on the dash and some panels. Then sprayed on the LVP Refinisher.

When asked about project expense, Lilith said “We had replaced the seats and were going to have the armrests reupholstered to match, which was going to be pricey. Leather was $44.50 per yard and between that and upholstery shop labor (including dismantling the doors) the cost was going to be $500. I decided to use ColorBond Paint, and the armrests came out great. So, I kept going and did the door panel inserts, arm rests, shift knob trim, stereo/ventilation system control panel, center storage compartment, and all protective plastics covers that fit in the cup holders and door recesses. An upholstery shop would have charged thousands to refinish these parts.” Five cans of LVP Refinisher were used to paint these components – a total of $82.45. Add to that $15.95 for a can of Adhesion Promoter (recommended) and the grand total comes to only $98.60 for an incredible transformation!

Carlos was also happy about reduced expenses using ColorBond. “We had pulled 100% of the interior out of the Civic. The only thing left was the handbrake. This was an extensive restyle and everything was going to be professionally wrapped in vinyl - the seats, dash, door panels, hard-plastic trim, and the trunk. As well we were going to replace the carpet and floormats with vinyl. The original estimate from an upholstery shop came to $8,000. That was way too much money. So, we decided to just upholster parts of the console, rear seats, trunk, as well as replace the carpet and floor mats with vinyl. That reduced the price at the upholsterer to about $4,500, which saved us about $3,500. The rest of the interior I painted with ColorBond. I covered a lot of area and went through 30 cans of paint, which is about $495. Originally, I thought I would paint about 30% of the interior. Instead I painted about 85% of it. So, instead of upholstering the panels for $3,500, I painted them for $495!”

ColorBond Paint allows Do-It-Yourself vehicle owners to easily and confidently restyle or restore their interiors at a fraction of the price charged by upholstery shops. We thank Lilith Garcia, and Carlos Medrano for discussing their experience painting their car interiors. We wish Carlos good luck with winning the 2018 ColorBond CLeo Award, and Lilith a success full display of her vehicle at the 2018 SEMA Show.

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From Bland to Wow! Lilith Garcia Restyles her Jetta Interior with ColorBond Paint

Posted on Sep 26, 2018. 0 comments

Lilith Garcia has transformed the interior of her 2014 Volkswagen Jetta from somewhat boring to incredible! Using aerosol ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint in BMW Burgundy #257, she painted the door panel inserts, arm rests, shift knob trim, stereo/ventilation system control panel, center storage compartment, and all protective plastics covers that fit in the cup holders and door recesses.

Five cans of LVP Refinisher were used to paint these components – a total of only $82.45 for an incredible transformation! Since ColorBond is so easy to apply, the work was performed by Lilith, rather than a professional. Saving money in the process. The results were fantastic! We are proud that Lilith trusted ColorBond Paints to restyle the interior of her show car.

Lilith Garcia’s Jetta will be a feature vehicle on display at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. If you are there, check out the results for yourself!

Jetta interior - before refinishing

Jetta door panel - before refinishing

Jetta interior after repainting with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

Jetta door panel after refinishing with ColorBond

Jetta shift knob trim, stereo/ventilation system control panel, and center storage compartment refinished with LVP Refinisher

Jetta cup holder inserts refinished with ColorBond

 
Inserts during refinishing process

 

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An Interview with Eddie Black

Posted on Sep 21, 2018. 0 comments

Eddie Black, owner and operator of the renown Black’s Collision and Repair, and winner of ColorBond’s CLeo Award in 2017, was kind enough to spend time with us discussing his shop and experience with ColorBond Paint.

Eddie Black in 1972 with his project street rod

Eddie Black (left) and Vic Beasley

Black's Collision and Restoration

Q: How long have you been in the automotive industry, and how did your business come to be?
A: I started in the automotive industry 44 years ago. My Dad had started a shop here in town in 1929 doing mechanical repair and bodywork, and that got me interested in doing the same type of thing. So, I went to technical school.

Dad had closed his shop in the 1950’s and went to work for Lockheed. When I graduated from technical school in 1971, Dad and I started this business, which is now Black’s Collision and Restoration.

Q: What types of vehicles do you work on?
A: We work on all kinds. Whatever comes in the door. Whether it is standard collision repair or restoration.

Q: What are some of the more interesting projects you have worked on?
A: Most recently we have restored a ‘68 Camaro, a ’71 Camaro, a ’64 Ford, a ’65 Corvette, and a ’63 Plymouth Convertible that went to the Houston Autorama. Also, there was the restyle of Vic Beasley’s 2012 Camaro convertible.

Editors note: 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 parts were used. All components are original. The exterior is painted orange. The vivid colors honor Mr. Beasley’s alma mater, Clemson University.

Q: Speaking of the Vic Beasley project, how did you come to be involved with that?
A: Vic grew up down the street, and my Grandson and he were best friends in high school. We know all the family.

Q: You used ColorBond LVP Refinisher to transform the interior of Vic’s Camaro. However, did you ever try other brands of interior paints?
A: Yes, I tried them all over the years. ColorBond is the best.

Q: What was your experience with the other brands?
A: They all had problems with peeling. Sometimes before the car even left the shop

Q: How did you hear about ColorBond?
A: I stumbled upon ColorBond while looking for interior paint in the colors I needed for Vic’s car. We bought the base concentrate colors, and using our paint mix system, blended the colors we needed.

Q: What was your experience with ColorBond?
A: The application was easy – it was amazing. It dried nice. The color match was right on point. Even two years after applying it to Vic’s interior, the ColorBond is still holding up well. Wear areas, like where the seat gets rubbed getting in and out of the car, are fine. We were even able to paint the Camaros top, which is unheard of because of the type of PVC material it is made of. Even with the top being folded and unfolded with use – the ColorBond looks great and hasn’t peeled.

We at ColorBond are proud talented craftsmen like Eddie Black find the performance of our products to be better than those of the competition. Again, we would like to thank Eddie for taking time to discuss his experience.

Vic Bealsey's Camaro interior before Eddie worked his magic

 
Vic's Camaro interior restyled by Eddie using ColorBond

1963 Plymouth Fury Max Wedge Eddie built - One of his favorites

For more information go to: www.colorbondpaint.com

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ColorBond Upholstery Paint Provides Detailers and Refurbishers with a Competitive Advantage

Posted on Sep 13, 2018. 0 comments

For those who detail and refurbish vehicles a good cleaning goes a long way, but often permanent stains, discoloration, wear and sun fading of interior surfaces need to be addressed. In this case, ColorBond upholstery paint is a welcome addition to a tool kit. ColorBond is a revolutionary molecular bonding paint that penetrates deep and enables these professionals to correct and restore leather, vinyl, and plastic interior panels, as well as carpet, to their original color and with excellent results. ColorBond won’t flake, crack or peel and is durable while still allowing the original texture to show through. It has been rigorously tested and approved by OEM Manufacturers for proper color and performance. ColorBond enables professionals to provide a higher level of quality and customer satisfaction. For detailers and refurbishers; That’s what’s called a competitive advantage…

Have you noticed services menus among competing detailers and refurbishers often look the same? ColorBond enables detailers and refurbishers to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering recoloring services to not only repair permanent stains, wear, and discoloration, but also to completely change the interior color. If desired, they can offer mild to wild interior restyling services, which is not only a competitive advantage, but also an additional profit center.

Vintage Datsun 240Z door panel discolored with age

Refinished door panel is white and bright – just like new

Before and after – Stained and discolored seat cushion is returned to its former glory

 

ColorBond Paints can be used to totally transform the interior – from mild to wild or anything in between

While many stains can be completely removed with cleaning solvents, some stains, such as ink stains, may remain visible. In this case the stain can be covered, and perfectly color matched with ColorBond interior paint. A bonus for the professional is this service can be performed for an upcharge.

Sometimes, when tough stains are removed the intensive cleaning also removes dye in the material, which can result in the cleaned area appearing lighter or darker than the surrounding area. ColorBond can be used to match the discolored area to that surrounding it. Again, this service can be performed for an upcharge. 

ColorBond LVP Refinisher Aerosol Spray Paint

Many professionals choose to use ColorBond interior paints provided in easy to use aerosol form as it simplifies the application procedure. They can just “spray and go”. Major benefits are the user doesn’t have to set up equipment or mix their own colors before painting. For the professional, the types of projects that make the most sense for aerosol use are the painting of larger panels, rather than small spot repairs, where a slight color contrast might be noticeable. For small spot repairs, professionals often use ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate applied with a spray gun, which is described in the next section.

Of note, ColorBond LVP Refinisher is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors. The correct interior color for a vehicle can be determined by providing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the parts department of a local Ford, GM, Toyota, etc. dealer and they can provide the color name associated with the VIN code. The color name can then be matched to the ColorBond Color Selector to choose the appropriate hue.

ColorBond LVP Refinisher Concentrate Paint

ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate is intended for application by professional and experienced applicators. Rather than being provided in aerosol form, concentrate is offered in quart and gallon size cans and is applied with a spray gun. Using a selection of eleven ColorBond base color concentrates, the user can blend paint to perfectly match the interior color. Whether OEM or custom. To determine OEM correct color formulation, the interior color name can be provided to ColorBond, who will then supply the formula for that color. The process for determining the OEM interior color is described in the preceding section. Concentrates provide the ability to adjust the color tone to compensate for deviations from the OEM correct color caused by age, fading, etc. As well, with concentrates, the user can create any color under the rainbow.

ColorBond LVP Refinisher is available in quart and gallon size cans

Spray equipment is required to apply ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate

Regarding Painting Carpet

To achieve the correct appearance that carpeting requires, ColorBond recommends using the Pro Tech paint line. Pro Tech paints, which were originally designed for exterior trim applications, provide the necessary sheen. This is created by the reflective qualities (sparkle) of being a metallic paint. LVP Refinisher in Light Titanium is also a metallic paint and works well. For black carpeting, Pro Tech Gloss Black, a non-metallic paint, provides the correct sheen.

Proper Preparation

Preparation before painting is very important to achieve the best and most long-lasting results.

Prep Cleaner is a liquid non-solvent, aqueous-based cleaner that removes dirt, grime and oil when readying surfaces for interior auto paint. Works on everything from leather to soft plastics. Engineered to remove compounds and releasing agents that typically spoil most interior paint jobs.

ColorBond Adhesion Promoter Clear Aerosol (215) is essential to use for bond creating a bond between paint and auto plastics like PP & TPO

Leather seat before painting

Proper preparation is key

Refinished seat and another happy customer

With use of ColorBond products, detailers and refurbishers can increase customer satisfaction, offer additional services, and implement new profit centers. Thereby increasing profits and customer retention. ColorBond is good for business.

For more information go to: www.colorbondpaint.com

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Carlos Medrano Interior Restyling Project - Painting the Dash

Posted on Sep 05, 2018. 0 comments

Carlos Medrano continues the restyling of his 2013 Honda Civic Si interior to change it from black and teal to white with a white carbon fiber decal overlay on hard surfaces. First the surfaces are being base coated with a ColorBond white car interior paint and then the decal is applied. Carlos is hoping the results of his interior restyle will earn him his second ColorBond CLeo Award, which is to be presented at the 2018 SEMA Show. Here are videos of Carlos' progress:


Stay tuned for future posts on the progress of Carlos' restyle project using ColorBond products!
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ColorBond Releases New OEM Approved Color Choices

Posted on Aug 26, 2018. 0 comments

Did you know that ColorBond LVP Refinisher is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors? We got into OEM correct colors in 1996. At that time, we began seven years of testing and collaboration with Ford Research Labs to earn two Ford OEM Worldwide Performance Specifications for our LVP Refinisher. One specification is WSS-M99J385-A2; The material defined by this specification is a pigmented one component paint suitable for accent color or low touch areas of interior polypropylene parts. The second specification is WSS-M99J387-A; The material defined by this specification is a pigmented one component paint suitable for repairing first surface application to interior plastic parts. These highly sought-after specifications are accepted by all vehicle manufacturers and are the gold standard for OEM performance and quality.  We’re honored ColorBond LVP Refinisher is used by Ford for interior repairs on the assembly lines. And it’s the same interior paint all our customers can buy.

For 2018, ColorBond has introduced 8 new OEM correct colors for Acura, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche. Bringing our current OEM color choices to 201.

New colors are:

  • Acura – TLX Expresso
  • BMW – Dakota Beige, Dakota Gray
  • Lexus – Nightfall Mica
  • Mercedes – Porcelain, Silk Beige, Crystal Gray
  • Porsche – Magenta Red

As we add new colors, each goes through a highly involved process to be sure they exactly duplicate the OEM correct sample. Sometimes these samples come directly from vehicle manufacturers, or Tier 1 manufacturers like Magna and Johnson Controls. Also, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche corporate car clubs send us OEM correct samples to match. In each case the sample is analyzed, and we then manufacture a duplicate color which is sent back to the source for approval.

To determine the correct interior color for your vehicle, provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the parts department of your local Ford, GM, Toyota, etc. dealer and they will give you the color name associated with the VIN code. The color name can then be matched to the ColorBond Color Selector to choose the appropriate hue. Of note, ColorBond is in the process of developing a new web-based VIN decoder that will provide the color name.

DIY’ers and professionals alike use ColorBond LVP Refinisher with confidence knowing our OEM colors will exactly match the colors used by the auto manufacturers. Being an aerosol spray paint makes LVP Refinisher application simple, and once again, it is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors.

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Carlos Medrano Restyles his Honda Civic in Hopes of Winning the 2018 ColorBond CLeo Award

Posted on Aug 21, 2018. 0 comments

Presented in 2016, Carlos Medrano was the winner of the Third Annual ColorBond CLeo Award for the incredible results he achieved using ColorBond car interior paint to transform the interior of his trophy winning 2013 Honda Civic Si. As part of restyling the stock black interior to a beautiful teal and black combination, Carlos had ColorBond car interior paint color-matched to his teal vinyl seat inserts and then applied it to the hard-plastic interior trim. Including the console, dash and door panels. You can see details about his 2016 CLeo Award win here.

Carlos is one again restyling his Civic and hopes to win his second CLeo Award! Here are some photos of the interior as it appeared when Carlos won the 2016 award.

Interior before current restyle

Carlos is now in the process of changing the complete interior from black and teal to white with a white carbon fiber decal overlay on hard surfaces. First those surfaces are being base coated with a ColorBond white car interior paint and then the decal overlay is applied.

Checkout this video to see how the interior trim turned out!

We’ll be continuing to follow Carlos’ restyle project, and his quest to become the winner of the 2018 Colorbond CLeo Award. We’ll be posting updates periodically. So, check back for the next segment!

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Transforming Cadillac Interiors Using ColorBond

Posted on Aug 13, 2018. 0 comments

Check out these Cadillacs! The interiors of both were transformed by changing the color using ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint. One car was done by a Do-It-Yourself vehicle owner, while the other was refinished by a professional automotive restoration shop. Excellent results were achieved by both!

1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – Refinished by Do-It-Yourself Vehicle Owner

Craig Jensen is an automotive enthusiast who wanted to transform the interior of his 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Low Rider from blue to white. Using ColorBond he changed the color of the seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, sun visors and rear parcel shelf. The results are incredible!

Here is what Craig Jensen had to say:

"All-in-all I used twenty-five cans of ColorBond LVP Refinisher in Cutty White #105, and five cans of ColorBond Carpet Stylin’ in Skid Mark Black for the carpet, headliner and rear parcel shelf. Once I got started I was surprised how easy it was. I spoke with Malcolm at ColorBond first, and he said preparation is the key. I used a 10:1 Isopropyl to water mix to clean everything, then wet-sanded with 1500 grit sandpaper. Then I put a couple of coats of paint on. At first my friends didn’t quite get the interior paint concept – they were skeptical. They were saying “Dude, you can’t paint your seats! That’s not going to work!” But, then they saw it turned out great. I’m really happy with the results and all the compliments I've gotten so far. I can punch and twist the soft panels and the paint just doesn’t come off. It was a fun process. I’d totally do it again.”

We have to say we think this is a fabulous and mind-blowing conversion. It really defies description. We see a lot of vehicles that have been refinished with ColorBond, but this one is right up there with the best!

 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Interior

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1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Restoration Interior

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1977 Cadillac Eldorado – Refinished by a Professional Restoration Shop

Team Witt Customs, an automotive design, custom and restoration shop located in Nashville, TN, has been THE shop to go to for high-end restorations and unique customs since its opening in January 2008. Known for completing the highest quality customs and restorations, Team Witt’s reputation stands strong in the Nashville community.

Team Witt Customs just performed an awesome interior restoration on a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado using ColorBond car interior paint. The car originally had white seats, which the vehicle’s owner transplanted into another El Dorado in his collection. He then provided Team Witt with a donor brown leather interior that he wanted refinished in the same crimson color that was originally used with 1977 Eldorado’s. Using ColorBond LVP Refinisher in GM Crimson #64, an exact match to the OEM color used with the 1977 Eldorado, Team Witt repainted the seats and armrests. As you can see, the results are amazing!

Of note, ColorBond is the only provider of aerosol car interior paints that are OEM color correct; currently there are 188 hues are available for a wide range of import and domestic vehicles. More information on ColorBond’s OEM color selection can be found here.

Here is what Nikki Witt, of Team Witt Customs, had to say about ColorBond:

“We originally saw ColorBond at the SEMA Show. In their booth they did a demonstration where they painted a section of a car seat. It dried in 60 seconds and it looked great! We were sold! Before the Eldorado restoration, we had used ColorBond for painting small interior areas on other projects. With the Eldorado, it was the first time we sprayed all the whole interior. ColorBond was very easy and simple to use. It went on evenly and it turned out beautifully! The color came out pretty good I think. We had painted the interior in our paint booth that was heated to help dry paint. We actually found allowing the ColorBond to cure outside the booth, where the air was about 20 degrees cooler, allowed it to dry more quickly”. 

Kudos to Team Witt for such a wonderful interior restoration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eldorado Interior Before Refinishing

 

After Refinishing with ColorBond

1977 Cadillac Eldorado Restoration Interior

 

Whether applied by professionals, or by the Do-It-Yourself person, ColorBond provides excellent results! Check out all of our products at www.colorbond.com.

For the past twenty-six years ColorBond has been displaying at the SEMA Show and this year will be no exception! Come and see us at SEMA 2018! It would be great to meet you! We will be in the Main Hall at booth #24181. On Wednesday October 30th at 12:00 we will be presenting the ColorBond CLeo Award, which was created to recognize excellent craftsmanship and to honor Leo Kagan, who was responsible for moving the SEMA Show in 1977 from Anaheim, California to its current location in Las Vegas. Stay after the award presentation to celebrate Leo’s 102nd Birthday! We will be serving cake and coffee! Leo’s party starts at 1:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Witt Customs Changes the Color of a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Interior Using ColorBond

Posted on Aug 06, 2018. 0 comments

Team Witt Customs, an automotive design, custom and restoration shop located in Nashville, TN, has been THE shop to go to for high-end restorations and unique customs since its opening in January 2008. Known for completing the highest quality customs and restorations, Team Witt’s reputation stands strong in the Nashville community.

Team Witt Customs just performed an awesome interior restoration on a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado using ColorBond car interior paint. The car originally had white seats, which the vehicle’s owner transplanted into another El Dorado in his collection. The owner then provided Team Witt with a donor brown leather interior to be refinished in the same crimson color that was originally used with the 1977 Eldorado. Using ColorBond LVP Refinisher in GM Crimson #64, an exact match to the OEM color used with the 1977 Eldorado, Team Witt repainted the seats and armrests. As you can see, the results are amazing!

Of note, ColorBond is the only provider of aerosol car interior paints that are OEM color correct; currently there are 196 hues available for a wide range of import and domestic vehicles. More information on ColorBond’s OEM color selection can be found here.

Here is what Nikki Witt, of Team Witt Customs, had to say about ColorBond:

“We originally saw ColorBond at the SEMA Show. In their booth they did a demonstration where they painted a section of a car seat. It dried in 60 seconds and it looked great! We were sold! Before the Eldorado restoration, we had used ColorBond for painting small interior areas on other projects. With the Eldorado, it was the first time we sprayed all the whole interior. ColorBond was very easy and simple to use. It went on evenly and it turned out beautifully! The color came out pretty good I think. We had painted the interior in our paint booth that was heated to help dry paint. We actually found allowing the ColorBond to cure outside the booth, where the air was about 20 degrees cooler, allowed it to dry more quickly”. 

Kudos to Team Witt for such a wonderful interior restoration!

Eldorado Interior Before Refinishing

Eldorado Interior After Refinishing with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

 

 

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The ColorBond CLeo Award for Restored and Restyled Automotive Interiors

Posted on Aug 01, 2018. 0 comments

Annual bestowment of the CLeo Award is an honored tradition at ColorBond. The award recognizes individuals who have shown excellence utilizing ColorBond car interior paint to restore, or restyle, the interior of any type of automobile including, trucks, muscle cars, classics. Award recipients receive the CLeo Crystal trophy, $500 and have their vehicle showcased in the ColorBond booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. They’re also provided with a space in the SEMA organized 100-car parade down the Las Vegas Strip! The CLeo Crystal trophy and $500.00 are presented to the winner in a special award ceremony that takes place in the ColorBond booth during the show.

The CLeo was established in 2014 to honor Mr. Leo Kagan who was responsible for moving the SEMA Show in 1977 from Anaheim, California to its current location in Las Vegas. The SEMA Show is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show. Leo is 102 years old and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint.

Mr. Leo Kagen

“The CLeo Award was not only created to recognize excellent craftsmanship and to honor Leo Kagan” states ColorBond President Malcolm Johnson. “The award also serves to create awareness among Do-It-Yourself people and Professional Automotive Restylers and Automotive Reconditioners as to how truly easy it is to achieve, easy excellent results with ColorBond products. What can be created is only limited by the imagination”.

Maybe you will be the 2018 CLeo Award Winner? To enter the CLeo Award Contest simply send us photos on your ColorBond success story along with a brief testimonial write-up. This can be submitted through our online portal. For more information Click Here.

CLeo Award Winner Hall of Fame

2014 CLeo Award – Ken Bolen

The inaugural CLeo Award was presented in 2014 to Mr. Ken Bolen for his beautiful restoration of a 1969 Cadillac Deville. The 20-foot-long Cadillac Deville convertible was owned by Kay Stevens, a singer, entertainer and celebrity guest host and was frequently seen in the company of the Rat Pack. Ken purchased the vehicle from Miss Stevens for $2,600 in 1994, and the Caddy then sat in a garage until 2013. The vehicle was restored in 2014. Ken spent a total of $350 for ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint and restored the leather seats, door panels, convertible boot and dash panel to the original color, Diamond White. Reskinning the leather interior would have cost between $3,000-$5,000.

Ken Bolen says:

“I am amazed at the transformation that Colorbond was able to achieve”.

Mr. Ken Bolen

Ken's Refinished Cadillac Interior

2015 CLeo Award – Jay Van Houten

Jay Van Houten, from MARS Automotive Reconditioning Center, was the winner of the 2nd Annual CLeo Award for his expert refurbishing of the interior of a 1954 Rolls-Royce. The car was originally built for a Baron and had been purchased by his customer from an estate, where it had sat neglected for many years. This all-aluminum bodied Silver Wraith may be one of only four from this coach builder. The customer wanted the interior restored, but also wanted the original seat covers, door panels and other soft trim retained. So, Jay used ColorBond to refinish those components. The results were excellent and saved hundreds of dollars - which reupholstering would have cost. The car is now used by the customer as a part of his limousine service.

Jay Van Houten says:

“Of course, ColorBond made my customer happy. The results were fantastic. The ease of application, the speed it went on, and the durability of the finish are phenomenal. I now use ColorBond in place of the hand mixed interior paints I used to use. I’m really pleased with the product – it has done a great job.”

To learn more about the 1954 Rolls-Royce interior restoration project Click Here.

Jay Van Houten Receiving the 2015 CLeo Award $500 Check


 Rolls-Royce Seat Cushions - Before Refinishing

Rolls-Royce Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

Rolls Royce Sitting Pretty

2016 CLeo Award – Carlos Medrano

 Mr. Carlos Medrano Accepting the 2016 CLeo Crystal trophy

Honda Civic Si Interior – Before (representation)

Carlos’ Honda Civic Si Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

Carlos’ Restyled Honda Civic Si 

2017 CLeo Award – Eddie Black

The Third Annual CLeo Award was earned by 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. The interior was painted Lamborghini Orange, and Purple with ColorBond LVP and no interior replacements part were used. All components are original. The vivid colors honor Mr. Beasley’s alma mater, Clemson University. The three hundred and fifty man-hours that were needed to complete the exterior and interior reflect the artistry and dedication of Mr. Black and his staff.

Eddie Black says:

“ColorBond is extremely easy to apply. It’s a great product, and holds up well. Other brands of interior paint we have used peel-up. For example, we painted a convertible top and it’s gone up and down many many times. There is no wear showing on the ColorBond finish. Same with the interior panels we painted – where they get rubbed by getting in and out, there is no signs of wear. We will use ColorBond from now on.”

To learn more about the Vic Beasley Camaro build Click Here


 Mr. Eddie Black Accepting the 2017 CLeo Award

 Camaro Interior – Before

Camaro Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

 

Vic Beasley and His Transformed Camaro

ColorBond Paint makes it simple to restore, or restyle, automotive interiors. Knowing the product is easy to use and provides excellent, durable and long-lasting results inspires confidence and peace-of-mind for those tackling projects. We would love to see the results of your ColorBond project! Who knows – maybe you’ll be the 2018 CLeo Award winner!

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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.

Tammy

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:

Wednesday

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

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

Thursday

  • 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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