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Roger saves over $700 using ColorBond on 2 door Tahoe

Posted on Apr 17, 2018. 0 comments

Our latest customer success story comes by way of our friend Roger, who saved a bunch refurbishing his SUV. In what would've cost $850 to replace professionally cost Roger less than $100 to do himself:
This was a "utility, plain Jane, vehicle" no carpets, no center console, no rear panels, Blue cloth door panels with wing up windows.It took almost a year to locate all the necessary interior parts from various junk yards as the 2 door Tahoe was only built for 5 years, and most of the 4 door version panels will not fit. Power leather front seats, came from NJ, the rears from Tampa and were covered in mold. the front door panels from Plant City FL and were electric windows. The complete interior was stripped out, treated any signs of rust, applied dynamat. adapted new seat belts, as direct replacement are not available. Worked over a year in my garage spraying each and every part gray. Looks like a new SUV now.

 

 

 

 

 

Roger used four cans of # 329 Ford Light Flint, one can of # 215 clear ad pro, and a bottle of prep cleaner.

Shop what Roger used: ColorBond LVP Refinsher, Prep Cleaner

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Vic Beasley Painted His Car Clemson Colors and it's Awesome

Posted on Jun 22, 2017. 76 comments

Most of you know Vic Beasley as the star middle linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted 8th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons out of Clemson University. He led the league in sacks in the 2016 season. You probably even bought a Vic Beasley jersey.

But what you probably didn't know is how deep his love for Clemson goes. So much so that when it was time to customize his 2012 Camaro, there was only one way to do it.

Our friend Eddie Black from Eddie Black’s Restoration explains it:

"When the 2012 Camaro came in to us, it was pretty bad shape body-wise. There were no major parts replaced with the exception of the convertible top at a cost of $2000 plus the cost of ColorBond dye. The interior was done with ColorBond dye at a cost of $280. Cost for 24" Forgiato Wheels, paint and tires was about $10,000. From start to finish, a conservative estimate is 350 man hours to complete the project."

The exterior color used is 2015 Lamborghini Orange Tricolor paint by R&M Diamont Systems, donated by Southeast PBE, 59 Maple Ridge Drive Cartersville GA.

As for the ColorBond, they purchased quarts of black, white, red, and orange, mixed them, and then shot the color through a LVHP gun. This is a much more efficient way to paint and allows for a bigger coverage area. Everything was able to be sprayed evenly: convertible top, dash, and seats.

This is one of the best customization jobs we’ve seen. It sure is a great way to show off pride for your alma mater.

 

 

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1960 Chris Craft 17' Sportsman Restoration

Posted on Jun 01, 2017. 1 comment

We never pass up an opportunity to spotlight a boat refinishing project - especially when it involves a vintage 1960 Chris Craft 17-foot Sportsman.

The owner of the boat, Robert Larsen, used six total cans of Vette Red and Sea Ray Cutty white to restore the dash and cushions. Red is especially prone to fading so this is perfect to show how ColorBond can bring the material back to pristine condition.

He spent under $100 for what normally would cost thousands!

As a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and Chris Craft Boat Club, Mr. Larsen has received many compliments on the boat. People can't believe that everything on his boat is still 100% original and that ColorBond helped him restore the original glory. They all assume he bought replacement parts!

Take a look for yourself on the great work...

Before Restoration:

Chris Craft Before

Chris Craft Before

Chris Craft After

 

After Restoration

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

 

Chris Craft After

Chris Craft After

 

 

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Painting Boat Bolsters - Before and After

Posted on Apr 03, 2017. 0 comments

We've written before about the effectiveness of ColorBond in restoring life into your boat upholstery. Using only one can of Sea Ray white boat refinishing paint, our friend Inez Tate really put some new life into his boat bolsters. Check out these before/after photos. What normally would cost about $350 to replace now looks new for only $15.95. Amazing savings!

 

 

 

 

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Lucy's BMW Interior Restoration from Cream to Cinnamon

Posted on Mar 07, 2017. 1 comment

It's not often that we get to share a woman's expert use of ColorBond Interior Paint so we were really excited to get these great photos from Lucy.

She used only 2 cans of BMW Cinnamon to paint over the original cream color of her seats. She also used some grey carpet color for her floor mats. The results were fantastic!

"It was a last ditch effort to renew the interior because I was so unhappy with the drab colors inside" she writes. "It literally has given me a new love for the car all over again. All in all is it GORGEOUS."

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Customer Success Story: Truck Door Panel Restoration

Posted on Apr 02, 2016. 1 comment

Take a look at this awesome transformation of a plain black HD truck door panel to a Harley Davidson paint scheme. The custom paint job would have normally cost about $350 per panel at a shop. Our friend did it using only 3 cans of our high quality car interior LVP refinishing paint. Significant money saved and a job well done!

 

Truck Panel Before

 

Truck Panel After

Truck Panel After

Truck Panel After

Truck Panel After

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From the Inbox

Posted on Feb 19, 2016. 0 comments

Another satisfied customer! Check out this note we just received...
 
It is common to get less than we pay for in goods or services. At times we do get what we pay for. And then there are the much less common experiences when we get a great value, that the product or service is just exceptional and that is what happened to me on my first time using ColorBond products!

About 18 months ago I bought a used vehicle that required both front seats be replaced.  They were used, in great shape and out of the same year vehicle.  But they were several shades different than the existing upholstery.  So with that dilemma, I did a search and came up with ColorBond and I'm sure glad I did!  Following their instructions I refinished both seats and they matched perfectly and looked great.  Now 18 months later and daily use, THEY STILL LOOK GREAT!

We are going to buy another used vehicle this weekend and the pictures show some wear and "scuffing" as the current owner described the damage, mostly the drivers seat.  I have no doubt that with a bit of effort on my part and the correct ColorBond product, I'll be able to make that seat near new again.

Michael Lawrence
VERY satisfied customer
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Customer Success Story: Dennis K from Florida

Posted on Sep 30, 2015. 0 comments

Dennis K from Florida writes in:

"These are just a few pics of my 02 truck. The whole interior was an old dismal grey. With your product I'm making a total improvement to my old interior. I'm already thinking about more improvements I'm going to do. Thanks for your help. It was nice talking with you the day I started it, you don't usually get that kind of opportunity. Thanks again. Dennis K from Florida. Ps, I'm telling everyone about your product."
 

Thanks for the love, Dennis! If the rest of your truck turns out as half as good as this door panel and seat, you will have one sharp ride.


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Jay Van Houten Wins the 2nd Annual CLeo Award!

Posted on Sep 11, 2015. 1 comment

ColorBond is proud to announce that Jay Van Houten from MARS Automotive Reconditioning Center is the winner of the 2nd Annual CLeo Award for his expert refurbishing of the interior of a 1954 Rolls-Royce

 

 

The CLeo Award was created to recognize expert use of ColorBond paints for restoring autos. Jay will also have this car transported to Las Vegas for 2015 SEMA where it will be showcased at our table and we will also present him with the trophy and $500 cash after a press conference. We got a bunch of great submissions for this year's CLeo award, but Jay's Rolls Story really stood out.

 

Here's his story:

The Rolls project started when one of my favorite customers brought in a 1954 Rolls-Royce that he had acquired for his Limousine Company. The car is an all aluminum (eat your heart out Ford!) bodied Silver Wraith and may be one of only four from this coach builder.  The car is to be chauffer driven for weddings, proms,  and other special occasions.   The car was purchased from an estate and had been neglected for many years. 
 
My customer wanted to retain the original interior if possible and I agreed that with the tools I use for interior repair and the help of Colorbond, it could be possible.  Both of us understood it would not look new, but would be consistent with the age of the vehicle, and save hundreds of dollars that a reupholster job would cost.  This is, after all, a working vehicle!
 
After lots of work and help from both my interior restoration supplier and Colorbond, the car has been put in service and is a hit with the customers.
The owner and I decided on a slightly lighter color and it makes the interior look bright and inviting.  So far, it has been well received and in great demand.
  
As the car is used, there are more areas to work on, but overall, it looks great. 
 
The car does look stunning and Jay is definitely deserving of the award. Check out some more before and after shots.
 
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The Rolls Project

Posted on Jun 02, 2015. 0 comments

 
Our friend Jay from MARS of Boise has the pleasure of restoring the interior of this historic 60 yr old Rolls Royce and is entering the project into our CLeo Contest. Read his story and check out these before and after photos.
 
"I have spent most of the first week in preparing and restoring the leather and surprisingly it is in pretty fair shape. I first cleaned a washed with alcohol, and acetone to 'melt' the original finish as much as possible and then used my various repair compounds from Superior Restoration the fill and strengthen weak areas and remove major cracks. I started with the back seat (a bit easier) to test the color.  The owner and I selected Ford Sand. It's a bit lighter and will brighten up the inside."
 

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Do you have your own success story using ColorBond? Want to be featured on our website and have a chance for $500 cash? Submit your story and photos for our 2nd Annual CLeo award!
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Transforming the Interior in a 2012 Ram 1500 Express - Customer Testimonial

Posted on Feb 02, 2015. 0 comments

Our latest customer success story is from our friend, Chris Karpinec. He used ColorBond to transform the interior of his new truck from an undesirable tan to a dark slate!

My truck is a 2012 Ram 1500 Express.  All the Express models in 2011-2012 came with Dark Slate interior, however Ram decided to finish the top of the dash in Tan, and all the dash trim pieces in an ugly khaki color, still don't know why!  I loved my truck the first time I saw it on the dealer lot, but seriously considered not buying it because of the tan dash and khaki trim!  In the end the deal was just too good to pass up...

As soon as it warmed up, I started searching for options to "colormatch" the tan dash.  I knew I wanted to do the trim pieces in Silver to match my truck color, but I had to do something about the Dash.  I first called automotive interior shops, but they all wanted an exorbitant amount to colormatch the dash, so I took to Google and searched for a DIY option.  I heard of your product on a forum and checked it out after looking into Duplicolor's interior paint.  They only had a few color choices, and I knew a basic black would not match or do it for me!  I was pleasantly surprised to see the ColorBond color chart and see my Dark Slate listed under the Chrysler options! I read through the website and decided to give it a try.  I ordered 2 cans of #160 Dk Slate, and one bottle of the prep cleaner.

When I decided to order your product, I also ordered an upper glove box kit to get rid of the stock pocket that came on the Express models.  I ordered a black kit since I knew I had the ColorBond paint coming, it saved me over $100 by buying the black glove box kit instead of the DK Slate kit which was for whatever reason like $112 more...

I first tried the ColorBond on the glove box kit and was very happy with not only the results, but the color match as well.  I wouldn't say it was a 100% match, but was extremely close!  After tackling the glove box, I set out to do the ugly Tan Dash!  The top dash cap in my truck is all one piece molded into the whole dash, so to take it out of the truck to paint it, the entire dash would have to come out!  This was not something I wanted to do, so I went and bought about 8 painters tarps from Home Depot and some masking tape and one Saturday got up early and got to work!  I taped off the entire dash area to prevent over spray, and used all 8 tarps to completely cover every single inch of my interior except the tan parts I wanted to paint.  I honestly wish I had taken pictures of it, however I didn't.  That's what everyone always asks about though is how I didn't get over spray on everything...I think it took me about 3 hours to tape and tarp everything off!  After everything was taped, I proceeded to the next step.

I followed the instructions on the prep cleaner and wiped down my dash to get ready for the ColorBond paint.  I did the entire dash with about 1 1/2 cans using another half of a can on the glove box kit.  I found many light even coats worked best.  I think laid down somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 coats on the dash.  After letting dry, I wanted a little more shine to the dash, since the finish was extremely flat.  I applied a couple of very light coats of gloss clear on top.  When I started pulling off all the tape and tarps, I couldn't believe how great it came out and how very close the color was to matching!  When I apply a gloss interior protectant to the doors and the rest of the dash, you can't even tell the slightest difference!   After numerous people riding in my truck and several car shows, not one has ever said it doesn't match. In fact, most people think it is stock and just came that way!!!  

In the 1 1/2 years I have had the product on, only once has it came off in any way, and that was when my dog was riding with me and got excited.  He scratched the top of the dash with his nails, removing 2 small spots of the ColorBond.  I easily repaired it with a Q tip and a bit of the left over paint I had.  I really think you have a great product!  I recommend it to everyone that asks what I did to mine.

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Ken Bolen Wins 1st Annual CLeo Award 2014!

Posted on Dec 11, 2014. 0 comments

Malcolm Johnson, CEO of ColorBond Automotive Paint is pleased to announce the first annual CLeo Interior Restoration Trophy. This year’s winner is Mr. Ken Bolen for his beautiful restoration of a 1969 Cadillac Deville

Ken Bolen

2014 ColorBond CLeo Award

The CLeo Crystal trophy is awarded to an individual who has shown excellence utilizing ColorBond paints to restore the interior of any type of automobile including, trucks, muscle cars, classics and antiques.

The 20 foot long Cadillac Deville convertible was owned by Kay Stevens, a singer, entertainer and celebrity guest host and was frequently seen in the company of the Rat Pack. Mr. Bolen purchased the vehicle from Miss Stevens for $2,600 in 1994. The Caddy sat in a garage until 2013 and was restored this past year. Ken spent a total of $350 for ColorBond Paint and restored the leather seats, door panels, convertible boot and dash panel to the original color, Diamond White. Reskinning the leather interior would have cost between $3,000-$5,000.

This year’s award will be presented on Jan 15, 2015 at the Mobile Tech Trade show in Orlando, Florida. The Caddy will also be displayed in the ColorBond booth in Orlando.

The CLeo was established to honor Mr. Leo Kagan.

Mr. Kagan was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim California to its current location in Las Vegas. SEMA is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show.  Leo is 98 years old, and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint.

Next year Leo will be celebrating his 99th birthday and 50Th anniversary as a member of SEMA. The 2015 CLeo award will be presented at the SEMA show in November. Next year’s winner will receive a $500 check and the opportunity to display their car at the SEMA show.

For more information contact ColorBond at 877-882-6567.

 

Leo Kagen

Mr. Leo Kagen

 

 

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1969 Rat Pack Cadillac Restoration

Posted on Nov 04, 2014. 1 comment

 

One of our friends came into his possession a 1969 Cadillac owned by the Kay Stevens. He then went on to completely restore it to its original luster and charm.

 

He writes:

 

I purchased the Cadillac in 1994 from original owner Kay Stevens. She was a singer, entertainer, movie star and TV game show celebrity guest. Kay Stevens also ran with “The Rat Pack.”
My employer at the time owned a fine collection of antique and classic cars in south Florida. Kay Stevens was a family friend of his. She offer the Cadillac to my employer. Kay lived nearby and I was to go over to her home and to take a look at her Cadillac. Turned out that my employer already owned a 1970 Cadillac with only 20,00 miles on it and decided to pass on the car.
 
That was when it sparked my interest. I revisited Kay Stevens and asked if she would sell her car to me. She said yes and we negotiated on a price of $2,600.
 
The car had been stored in her garage and had not been driven for a good number of years. The engine was stuck and would not turn over. I had the car towed to my employer’s shop where I was allowed to store and work on the car after working hours and weekends.
 
The odometer reads 94,948 however, when I bought the car the odometer wasn't working. So the mileage is unknown.
 
Other than starting the car on a regular basis and an occasional short drive, the car has sat pretty much idle for the last eight years or so. This is the second cosmetic restoration she has had in the last 20 years. This last restoration involved much more work and attention. There was extensive rust at the bottoms of both front fenders and left quarter panel. I removed the fenders and cut all the bad metal out. I then formed and welded in new metal panels. I had sanded down the three coats of paint from previous paint jobs and did all necessary body work.
 
I was most fortunate to find three abandon Cadillac parts cars all in one place here locally. So, many of my Cadillac’s parts were exchanged for some very nice upgraded ones.

 

ColorBond was able to completely restore the interior of the same car that traveled with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. A complete re-skin of leather seats would cost anywhere from $3000-$5000 from a professional. Our friend here was able to restore the leather luster for only $350!

 

Check out some great photos from this one-of-a-kind restoration job. 

 

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The Joker: ColorBond and the 98 Acura Integra

Posted on Aug 03, 2013. 1 comment

At ColorBond we get the opportunity to help everyone with a vehicle. Whether you’re simply bringing your seats back to life with some of our car seat paint or going all out with a total customization with some of our durable engine paint, we have product to help everyone.


We love hearing from our customers about their projects and today we’d like to highlight Joshua Ortiz (aka The Joker) and the work he’s done on his ’98 Acura Integra. Check out these great shots of this sweet ride:

 

As you can see, Joshua certainly

put a lot ofeffort into his project.

Some of the project details include:

 

Vehicle

  • 1998 Acura Integra

Products

  • Seat Stylin # 136 Bombasitc Blue
  • Prep
  • Carpet Stylin' # 136 Bombasitc Blue
  • Adhesion Promoter (prep for TPO plastic)

Cost

  • $80.70

 

We were excited to see the results of Joshua's project and he's busy working on an even more ambition project - so stay tuned for an update on that one! Regardless, we make products that deliver great results. Whether you have a project car like Joshua, or if you're just trying to freshen up your everyday vehicle, ColorBond interior car paints will get the job done well.

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