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ColorBond Pro Tech Auto Trim Paint for DIY’ers and Professionals

Posted on Feb 14, 2019. 0 comments

ColorBond’s Pro Tech Line was created to restore and customize automotive components like trim, wheels and engine compartments, and are great for the DIY or Professional. ColorBond Pro Tech Trim Color auto trim paint is great for wheel flairs, mirrors, window trim, door trim, and bumpers. Primarily metallic paints, they have been created to match OEM finishes on a wide range of exterior components and can also be used on interior hard plastic metallic finished trim. Of note, Black #622 is often used since it’s the perfect choice for plastic mirror, door and bumper trim.

ColorBond Pro Tech Trim Color auto trim paint provides a beautiful, durable and long-lasting finish, and is perfect for cars, boats, motorcycles and other power sports vehicles. Users can enjoy easily refurbishing and restyling vehicle trim with excellent results.

Professionals will especially benefit from ColorBond’s OEM correct colors, as well as ease of use over water-based systems, which don’t work as well for refinishing trim and can be particularly difficult to use in cold weather.

For best appearance and long-lasting results, we recommend:

  • Clean the component with soap & water
  • Lightly sand with 1200 grit wet dry sandpaper
  • Apply Clear Adhesion Promoter (we recommend ColorBond # 215)
  • Apply ProTech Trim Paint in light mist coats
  • Use multiple coats as necessary
  • Allow to dry 5 minutes between applications

Whether for the Professional refurbishing used cars, or the DIY vehicle owner customizing a show car, ColorBond Pro Tech Trim Color auto trim paint provides a correct, easy and economical method for painting interior and exterior plastic trim. For more information Click Here.

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Toyota Supra Interior Restoration with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

Posted on Jan 24, 2019. 0 comments

Trey Farris is currently restoring the interior of his Toyota Supra with ColorBond car interior paint, and recently shared his story with us. This is a project in progress, so we are presenting what Trey has so far completed. The results are great! Once Trey is finished, we’ll show you the grand finale!

“I found the car in a field in Jacksonville, FL when I wasn’t even looking for one. Over the past two years I’ve been building it as a street/strip car. All that’s left is the interior, and having my front bumper painted and mounted. The street tune is 920RWHP and 785ft/lbs. of torque, depending on ethanol content (runs on e85). My interior as is, is a beat up and boring grey. I went out and found a full dark blue leather interior. So, I bought ColorBond LVP Refinisher to paint everything a nice neutral Black/Grey two tone. I’m doing a little bit every week.” Says Trey.

Trey prepared the interior surfaces by roughing them up with a Scotchbrite pad, and then wiped the leather components with alcohol (of note, hard plastics should not be wiped down with alcohol. ColorBond Prep Cleaner should be used). Trey also used ColorBond Adhesion Promoter before painting. This is Trey’s first-time using car interior paint.

Important point: The majority of plastics today used for replacement and OEM trim are generally TPO/PP and this material actually inhibits bonding. TPO/PP was introduced widely in the industry around 2000 and should not be cleaned with a solvent, but rather with ColorBond Prep Cleaner. If the plastic is ABS/PC, then a solvent cleaner can be used.  ABS/PC was used primarily in vehicles manufactured throughout the 70’s 80’s and 90’s.

“I had good luck with the adhesion promoter. This morning I tested an inconspicuous part of the large plastic pieces I painted and could NOT scratch it with reasonable force. I heated the plastic surfaces to 100 degrees F and then applied a light coat of adhesion promoter. The car interior paint took VERY well.” Trey concludes.

Congratulations to Trey on a job well done. We can’t wait to show you the final result! Stay tuned!

For more information on ColorBond LVP Refinisher Click Here

Interior - Before

Rear Trim Panel - Before

Rear Trim Panel - After

Rear Seat Cushion - Before

Rear Seat Cushion - After

Rear Window Trim - Before (note the heat gun Trey used to warm the parts)

Rear Window Trim - After

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Jaguar Interior Restyle with ColorBond LVP Refinisher Car Interior Paint

Posted on Jan 03, 2019. 0 comments

Car Interior Paint

Robert Theis recently transformed the interior of his 1969 Jaguar XKE with ColorBond LVP Refinisher. As you can see the results are amazing! “Back when I was playing Minor League baseball one of my team mates came home with an XKE, and I loved that car. Now I finally have one of my own!” Bob says. He bought the car three years ago from the third owner, a professor at the University of Oregon.

Originally, the car was yellow with a black interior but had been repainted British Racing Green. Since British Racing Green XKE’s were never fitted with black interiors, but only tan, Bob decided it would be best to change the color using car interior paint.  Bob says he’s a Do-It-Yourself kind of person, so he did the restyle himself.

“I had previous experience recoloring the interior of a 1962 MGA using another product. It didn’t work very well the way I tried to use it. It was meant to be a dye, not a car interior paint. I wanted to test the appearance and durability of ColorBond before I applied it to the Jaguar’s interior, so, I first sprayed it on a piece of leather. I left the leather out in the sunlight, soaked it in water, twisted it, and tried to destroy it. The ColorBond held up incredibly. Friends tried too. They were amazed!” says Bob.

Bob said it took about two weeks of working on and off to get the job done, and he used about $230.00 of LVP Refinisher. Three coats of car interior paint were required to go from black to tan. Of note, a professional recolor of the interior would have cost thousands.

“To prep the interior I wiped it down with acetone, and then masked the side upholstery. The ColorBond was very easy to use and was not challenging at all. It’s easy to use for sure – as advertised. The most complicated part was masking the interior. The car turned out great. People can’t believe I did it myself, and it’s holding up great!” Bob concludes.

Congratulations to Bob on his beautiful car!

For more information on ColorBond LVP Refinisher Click Here.

Before Refinishing 

After Painting with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

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