Mike Stoops from Meguiar's Attests to the Importance of Prep Work
Posted on April 25 2016
We just received some more updates after he experienced some difficulties....
I wanted to give you an update on using ColorBond paint on the interior of my car since I had experienced some pretty quick failure the first time around. Thanks for sending the replacement product, by the way!!
So, what I did was to use a bit more of an abrasive cleaning process than originally done to prep for the paint. I did this with a cleaning solution we make for the body shop industry that is lightly abrasive, but a great cleaner for removing silicones, oils, waxes, etc. In the body shop this liquid is coupled with a grey 3M Scotch Brite pad to give it some extra cut, with the end result being roughly equivalent to 1500 grit sandpaper. The nice thing about the cleaner is that it leaves nothing behind and rinses fully with just plain water. It’s what we call “body shop safe” or “paintable” so it’s not only safe for use in an environment where fresh paint is being applied, but it’s also used specifically to prep for paint.
Anyway, after giving the seats a thorough clean, rinse (wipe down) and allowing them to dry fully, I resprayed them with ColorBond. That was mid February and now, two months later, the seats still look like they were sprayed yesterday. The first time around the bond started failing in less than two weeks, with limited use in that time.
I knew it was a user error situation, and I’m really happy that you gave me some pointers and introduced me to some others who could also share their experiences with the product. It’s an absolute, unmitigated success and I love the new color every time I get in the car!
Mike's story is a testament to the importance of proper prep work and we are thrilled to be able to help him out.