Car Door Panel Paint - Big Changes for Little Dollars – Colorbond Paint

Car Door Panel Paint - Big Changes for Little Dollars

Posted on March 31 2022

Car Door Panel Paint - Big Changes for Little Dollars


Car door panels receive a lot of wear and tear and can show signs of damage early in a vehicle’s life. Grabbing at interior door handles and door pulls can scratch the panels and using the top of the panel as an arm rest can create scratches and wear marks. The blemishes are usually cosmetic, and some folks just let it go. Others want to restore the panels and car door panel paint for leather and vinyl can help them achieve this economically.

Car Door Panel Restoration

BMW 3 Series door panel refinished with ColorBond

Brian B. recently repainted the door panels of his E36 BMW with ColorBond LVP Refinisher. Choosing paint from ColorBond’s OEM correct color palette in BMW black, the results were fantastic. Not only did he use the paint as a car door panel paint, but he also refinished the rest of the interior with LVP Refinisher and used our Carpet Refinisher on the carpets. Can you image the cost of replacing all these interior components?

Brian refinished his entire interior with ColorBond!

Door Panel Paint Requirements

Coatings used as a car door panel paint must be designed for use on leather and vinyl. That is; a paint that bonds strongly and is flexible so it doesn’t crack or peel when the leather of vinyl is flexed. As well, it should remain adhered to the painted surface and not come off on skin and clothes. Also, it should dry quickly so the vehicle won’t be out of commission while waiting for the paint to cure. Another important quality is that it presents an attractive appearance and has the sheen of leather and vinyl used in automotive interiors. Shiny paint on leather and vinyl looks cheap and makes it obvious the panel was painted.

ColorBond offers LVP Refinisher that is perfect for use as a car door panel paint. ColorBond LVP Refinisher makes door panel repair and color matching easy. It dries to the touch in 45 seconds and forms a molecular bond within 10 minutes. As ColorBond customers attest, the paint looks fantastic, won’t flake, crack or peel and is durable while still allowing the original texture to show through. LVP Refinisher most often presents a far more economical alternative to replacing the door panel.

Painting Car Interior Door Panels

As with any paint job, preparation is key. Before painting, the removal of dust, dirt, grease, skin oil and other materials that could hinder adhesion is important. ColorBond Prep Cleaner is perfect for this. Of note, LVP Refinisher can also be used on hard plastics. In these instances, we recommend applying ColorBond Adhesion Promoter after cleaning and before painting.

Mercedes door panels painted with LVP Refinisher

Check out another example of car door panel paint. Brian F. sent us some photos when he changed the color of the door panels in his Mercedes 300 SD from tan to black Mercedes Anthracite. He said “Many people have asked me when, and from where, did I buy brand new door panels and molding! Then I tell them it’s ColorBond!” He painted all four door panels and the console with four cans of LVP Refinisher, plus a can of adhesion promoter and Prep Cleaner. The total job cost was under $150. You can’t beat that savings.

Learn more now about ColorBond LVP Refinisher

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Reviewed by: Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson founded and operated ColorBond Paint since 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in the automotive painting industry. ColorBond Paint specializes in leather, vinyl, and plastic specific aerosol paint that is OEM approved for automotive manufacturers.


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