Auto Trim Paint Used to Restore GM Square Body
Posted on January 06 2022
Jay McFarland always liked GM Square Body trucks. His dad had a ‘77 Chevy K5 Blazer when he was growing up and those warm memories led to the purchase of a ’77 Chevy pickup. Jay began restoring the truck with the original intent that it would be more of a basic restoration. However, it soon turned into a full-blown nut and bolt restoration. Knowing the ’77 would be too nice to use on a regular basis, Jay wanted a Chevy Square Body pickup that could be used as a daily driver. Last July he found that truck, the ’85 Chevy Silverado C10 that you see here. Once the C10 was home, Jay got busy fixing it up; a project that he completed over the Christmas holiday. We’re honored that ColorBond LVP Refinisher auto trim paint was a big part of that.
Jay’s project included media blasting the body, spraying new paint, changing the engine to a 350 V8, suspension work and an interior restoration. Impressively, all work was done by Jay himself. Being the Director of Business Development for Holley Classic Trucks simplified identifying and procuring the parts and supplies that would be best for his project. While discussing interior restoration with Scott Drake, one of the companies under the Holley Performance Products corporate umbrella, use of ColorBond LVP Refinisher auto trim paint was recommended.
When asked what he did to prep the interior parts before application of the auto trim paint, Jay responded “Clean, clean, clean!”. He started by removing the interior components and then cleaning off the hard and soft plastic parts with wax and grease remover. He followed up with Sprayway glass cleaner, a product he chose as it doesn’t leave residue which could interfere with paint adhesion and finished with a wipe down with rubbing alcohol. Interestingly, Jay said using rubbing alcohol ensures all chemical residue is removed and helps to avoid static electricity build up that could attract dirt and dust. Jay also recommends wearing latex gloves when handling components so that body oil doesn’t compromise paint adhesion.
Due to damage from long term use, Jay replaced the door panels, dash pad, and seat covers with reproduction units. Otherwise, the original plastic interior trim pieces were retained. After applying adhesion promoter on the hard plastic components, Jay used ColorBond LVP Refinisher auto trim paint in GM Graphite (651) to paint the interior plastics including the door panels, map pockets, armrests, dash pad, windshield header panel, and the A and B pillar trim.
According to Jay, the paint job, including preparation, took a weekend to complete. Six cans of ColorBond were used at a cost of $114.00; not much money considering replacing the original pieces he painted would have cost at least $500.00.
“ColorBond works great.” Says Jay. “If you’re looking for an easy way to refurbish your interior, ColorBond lays down good and is easy to apply. It makes a big difference in how your interior appears and is an affordable and durable alternative to replacing your interior.”
Thanks to Jay for his kind words. We congratulate him on a job well done and finding the vehicle of his dreams!
Learn more about ColorBond LVP Refinisher auto trim paint here.
If you’re interested in seeing another GM Square Body interior restoration check out this ’74 Chevy Blazer project.