Mustang GT Interior Restyle with ColorBond!

Posted on July 18 2019

Mustang GT Interior Restyle with ColorBond!

 

Recently a ColorBond customer, who goes by the handle “Voo Doo Daddy” began an interior restyling project on his 2016 Mustang GT starting with the seats. He tells us about his experience:

“Back in 2012, not long after the Gen 1 Coyote Mustangs began prowling the streets, I saw a pearl White Mustang GT with what I would call kind of an "Ox Blood Red" leather interior. I thought it looked fantastic and I have wanted that color leather interior since then.

I was thinking of going with having my seats re-covered in Katzkins red leather, but that was going to cost me somewhere around $1,500 with materials and labor to have a local shop do it. so I decided to paint my leather seats from black to red using ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint.

First off, I am very pleased with this color choice, but it is not as bright red as the factory 'red showstopper' leather interior, but it is more like the Ox blood red I mentioned above. ColorBond has many different reds/colors to choose from.

First, I removed the seats from the car and cleaned them before applying the car interior paint. Use a clean microfiber towel, first spray the seats liberally with glass cleaner containing ammonia. The ammonia does a great job of removing grease/oils. Do this twice and then let the seats dry thoroughly. Use your heat gun/hair dryer to speed this up if you want.

This part may seem a bit barbaric, but it had to be done. The only part of the front & rear seats of the factory "leather" interiors of the Mustang is the center sections of the FRONT seats. Everything else is vinyl. Now that the seats had been cleaned/degreased, I needed to scuff the leather center sections of the front seats with the Scotch-brite pad to prepare the leather to accept the new color. I didn't worry about this; leather is a very, very tough material that is why it has been in use for thousands of years. I only scuffed the center sections of the seats. I did NOT scuff the vinyl sections of the seats! 

I didn’t need to go crazy with this step, just a good scuffing. You'll notice in the picture, I have already started to re-dye the seat, that is because I forgot to take a pic before I started. After scuffing the seats, I wiped them down again with rubbing alcohol and began masking.

I could not get regular masking tape to stick to the vinyl surfaces that make up the vast majority of the Mustang’s seats. Matter-of-fact, the only tape I could find that would stick to the seats to begin the masking is duct tape, more specifically Gorilla Tape. It does not want to bend around corners, so I had to tear it into many, many, many smaller strips to go around all the corners of the seat seams and headrests. This is a bit tedious and time consuming, but there was no other way.

Once the seat was masked off to my liking, I applied plastic sheeting to the sides/top/bottom of the seats using regular masking tape.

Then I started spraying the LVP Refinisher.

I found painting the black seats to red can take anywhere from 15-20 light coats to achieve the desired results. It is very important to use many, light coats and not over-apply the paint!!!

I held the spray can 7-9 inches from the surface of the seat, and sprayed a light, misting coat onto the leather. I started with all of the seams first, then moved inward to do the entire surface. I let the light coat dry for at least one minute, then did another light coat going in the opposite direction to the first coat. Basically up/down, and then right/left.

As I applied the first 3-4 coats, I was not happy with the results. But I gave it time and kept repeating the process. It took time and repeated coats to cover the much darker black color.

This picture shows my progress after 3-4 light misting coats of dye. Not pretty.

For proper coverage I applied 10-12 light coats of paint and used a heat gun between coats.  

The final result!

I love the look and I love the fact that it took $100-$120 in materials, and only a few hours of my time.”

Congratulations Voo Doo Daddy on such a great job!

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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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