Restyling a Motorcycle Seat with ColorBond
Posted on October 10 2019
Dave Moneysmith is the Vice-President of the FreeWheelers Motorcycle Club and wanted a black and red seat for his 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim FLS so that it would be in theme with the motorcycle club colors. However, he didn’t want to give up his current seat because it is so comfortable, and he likes how it looks. Plus, the cost of having it re-upholstered was prohibitive.
While researching ideas for restyling a motorcycle seat he came across ColorBond. After researching, he decided to take a chance and try it. “I could not be more pleased with the results!” Says Dave.
“I would highly recommend the following process to anyone wishing to do a custom look on their current seat. Note that the prep work is extremely important. Take your time and do it right. After cleaning the leather seat with 70% alcohol, I used green Frog Tape for my masking. Making sure edges were burnished down. That part of the prep took the longest. Then I carefully sanded the areas to be painted with 1000 grit sandpaper. Just enough to “grey” the black leather. I then removed the dust and used ColorBond Prep Cleaner on the areas to be painted.” Dave explains.
“I ordered ColorBond LVP Refinisher in Chevrolet: (098) Vette Red) as I loved the color. When painting I used extremely thin coats, (almost a mist), and built the color up in layers until I was satisfied with the color. I applied multiple coats, waiting 10 minutes between coats. Then it was left to dry. It was dry to the touch in a short time but didn’t get put back on the bike for 24 hours. I took a clean white cloth and rubbed the seat vigorously and not a hint of color was on the cloth. The seat is as soft and pliable as it ever was. I am looking forward to seeing how the color holds up after I put some miles on it. But I suspect it’s going to hold up well.” Continues Dave.
I could not be happier with ColorBond products. The guys in my motorcycle club loved the results, and there were no challenges using ColorBond to restyle a motocycle seat. To reupholster the seat would have cost $350, and new seats of lesser quality run about $120 - $400. However, I have only about $50 into it between one can of LVP Refinisher, Prep Cleaner and the Frog Tape. ColorBond is a great product and with my experience so far, I would recommend it. I’m proud of the outcome - I can look at the result and say “I did that!” Dave concludes.
Congratulations to Dave on a job well done!
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