Convertible Top Color Changed with LVP Refinisher
Posted on June 23 2021
Steve Chopko is a believer in ColorBond LVP Refinisher upholstery paint. Steve is owner of The Dye Guy, a company he founded in 2007 which specializes in reconditioning leather, vinyl and plastic repair on automobiles, planes, boats and RV’s. As a family business, The Dye Guy employs Steve, as well as his wife and son. With over 30 years industry experience, Steve knows a lot about recoloring these materials.
About a year ago a customer approached Steve about dying the convertible top of his Jaguar XK8 from tan to black. Wanting to achieve results he could stand behind (reputation is everything), Steve didn’t believe a standard dye procedure or use of waterborne based colorants would get the quality results he demanded, so Steve declined taking on the job. His customer still insisted he do the job and even told Steve he wouldn’t hold him accountable for the results. Steve was still hesitant about taking on the job, but then he discovered ColorBond upholstery paint.
ColorBond LVP Refinisher is a solvent based interior paint that bonds to the surface of the material, rather than having to soak in like a dye. As well, the film thickness of ColorBond is much thinner than a water-based product, so it won’t crack when flexed. After discussing the product with ColorBond, Steve decided to give it a chance.
To avoid “tiger stripes” Steve prefers to use spray guns to apply coatings, so rather than purchasing LVP Refinisher in aerosol can form, he ordered concentrate.
“I was skeptical and thought the convertible top wasn’t going to look right. But it turned out great and made a big difference.” States Steve.
The convertible top was first prepped by scrubbing with an isopropyl alcohol and water solution. It didn’t require much cleaning as the car was always kept clean and stored in a garage. Steve says it dried fast because of the alcohol. Masking off the body with tape was then performed.
“The job took about four hours including prep, cleaning and masking. The ColorBond paint was quick and easy to apply. It dried quickly – so the turnaround time between coats was amazing. I applied three coats, which used about a quart of concentrate. It was so easy and there were literally no challenges with using the LVP Refinisher. After I was done I simply untapped the car and it was ready to go. No other work was required. I’m now totally confident in ColorBond upholstery paint and will use it again!” Steve Concludes.
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