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Peterbilt Truck Interior Restoration Using ColorBond Automotive Interior Paint

Posted on Dec 06, 2018. 0 comments

  

This is the first segment in our coverage of the interior restoration of Paul Williamson’s 1981 Peterbilt Cab Over 362. As a truck enthusiast and previous professional truck driver, Paul decided to purchase and restore the truck. Paul tells us “Blue Bird Corporation (manufacturers of buses and RV’s) owned it since new and appears to be in the USA division until 1990. Then it came to Blue Bird in Ontario, Canada until 2013 when it was sold to a man who stored it in a barn with the intent to restore it. He never did and I purchased it this past Spring and began the restoration.

“Over the years mice ruined the fabric portions of the vinyl and fabric interior.” Says Paul. “The vinyl portion, however, was intact and salvageable. Since we were unable to get fabric in the original color, we decided it was OK to change the interior to a custom color. So, the fabric was replaced with a non-OEM specific material and then along with the vinyl was painted with ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint. We went with a pewter color."

Paul went on to say he had previous experience using automotive interior paint on carpet. “It turned out really bad and made the carpet very hard. Based on this and having no previous experience with ColorBond paint we were concerned the Peterbilt interior wouldn’t turn out right.” Paul continues. “So, we bought only two cans of pewter color and did one panel to see how it went. It looked great and the paint was very pliable and supple! I showed it to an interior restoration professional who couldn’t believe it had been painted! So, now we are now getting more paint to finish the interior. By the way, it was great dealing with ColorBond and Malcolm Johnson. The customer service was excellent!” Paul concludes.  

Of note, for preparation before painting, Paul says he cleaned the vinyl with a citrus based solvent to remove glue residue, washed it with soap and water, and then used ColorBond Prep Cleaner before painting.

We really like the theme of this restoration and are looking forward to bringing you further developments as they become available.

To learn more about The ColorBond Advantage go to www.colorbondpaint.com.

  

Vinyl Interior Panel - Before Repair and Repainting

 

Vinyl Interior Panel - After Repair and Painting with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

1981 Peterbilt Cab Over 362 - Before Restoration

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Carlos Medrano Restyles his Honda Civic in Hopes of Winning the 2018 ColorBond CLeo Award

Posted on Aug 21, 2018. 0 comments

Presented in 2016, Carlos Medrano was the winner of the Third Annual ColorBond CLeo Award for the incredible results he achieved using ColorBond car interior paint to transform the interior of his trophy winning 2013 Honda Civic Si. As part of restyling the stock black interior to a beautiful teal and black combination, Carlos had ColorBond car interior paint color-matched to his teal vinyl seat inserts and then applied it to the hard-plastic interior trim. Including the console, dash and door panels. You can see details about his 2016 CLeo Award win here.

Carlos is one again restyling his Civic and hopes to win his second CLeo Award! Here are some photos of the interior as it appeared when Carlos won the 2016 award.

Interior before current restyle

Carlos is now in the process of changing the complete interior from black and teal to white with a white carbon fiber decal overlay on hard surfaces. First those surfaces are being base coated with a ColorBond white car interior paint and then the decal overlay is applied.

Checkout this video to see how the interior trim turned out!

We’ll be continuing to follow Carlos’ restyle project, and his quest to become the winner of the 2018 Colorbond CLeo Award. We’ll be posting updates periodically. So, check back for the next segment!

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Transforming Cadillac Interiors Using ColorBond

Posted on Aug 13, 2018. 0 comments

Check out these Cadillacs! The interiors of both were transformed by changing the color using ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior paint. One car was done by a Do-It-Yourself vehicle owner, while the other was refinished by a professional automotive restoration shop. Excellent results were achieved by both!

1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – Refinished by Do-It-Yourself Vehicle Owner

Craig Jensen is an automotive enthusiast who wanted to transform the interior of his 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Low Rider from blue to white. Using ColorBond he changed the color of the seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, sun visors and rear parcel shelf. The results are incredible!

Here is what Craig Jensen had to say:

"All-in-all I used twenty-five cans of ColorBond LVP Refinisher in Cutty White #105, and five cans of ColorBond Carpet Stylin’ in Skid Mark Black for the carpet, headliner and rear parcel shelf. Once I got started I was surprised how easy it was. I spoke with Malcolm at ColorBond first, and he said preparation is the key. I used a 10:1 Isopropyl to water mix to clean everything, then wet-sanded with 1500 grit sandpaper. Then I put a couple of coats of paint on. At first my friends didn’t quite get the interior paint concept – they were skeptical. They were saying “Dude, you can’t paint your seats! That’s not going to work!” But, then they saw it turned out great. I’m really happy with the results and all the compliments I've gotten so far. I can punch and twist the soft panels and the paint just doesn’t come off. It was a fun process. I’d totally do it again.”

We have to say we think this is a fabulous and mind-blowing conversion. It really defies description. We see a lot of vehicles that have been refinished with ColorBond, but this one is right up there with the best!

 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Interior

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1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Restoration Interior

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1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Interior Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1977 Cadillac Eldorado – Refinished by a Professional Restoration Shop

Team Witt Customs, an automotive design, custom and restoration shop located in Nashville, TN, has been THE shop to go to for high-end restorations and unique customs since its opening in January 2008. Known for completing the highest quality customs and restorations, Team Witt’s reputation stands strong in the Nashville community.

Team Witt Customs just performed an awesome interior restoration on a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado using ColorBond car interior paint. The car originally had white seats, which the vehicle’s owner transplanted into another El Dorado in his collection. He then provided Team Witt with a donor brown leather interior that he wanted refinished in the same crimson color that was originally used with 1977 Eldorado’s. Using ColorBond LVP Refinisher in GM Crimson #64, an exact match to the OEM color used with the 1977 Eldorado, Team Witt repainted the seats and armrests. As you can see, the results are amazing!

Of note, ColorBond is the only provider of aerosol car interior paints that are OEM color correct; currently there are 188 hues are available for a wide range of import and domestic vehicles. More information on ColorBond’s OEM color selection can be found here.

Here is what Nikki Witt, of Team Witt Customs, had to say about ColorBond:

“We originally saw ColorBond at the SEMA Show. In their booth they did a demonstration where they painted a section of a car seat. It dried in 60 seconds and it looked great! We were sold! Before the Eldorado restoration, we had used ColorBond for painting small interior areas on other projects. With the Eldorado, it was the first time we sprayed all the whole interior. ColorBond was very easy and simple to use. It went on evenly and it turned out beautifully! The color came out pretty good I think. We had painted the interior in our paint booth that was heated to help dry paint. We actually found allowing the ColorBond to cure outside the booth, where the air was about 20 degrees cooler, allowed it to dry more quickly”. 

Kudos to Team Witt for such a wonderful interior restoration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eldorado Interior Before Refinishing

 

After Refinishing with ColorBond

1977 Cadillac Eldorado Restoration Interior

 

Whether applied by professionals, or by the Do-It-Yourself person, ColorBond provides excellent results! Check out all of our products at www.colorbond.com.

For the past twenty-six years ColorBond has been displaying at the SEMA Show and this year will be no exception! Come and see us at SEMA 2018! It would be great to meet you! We will be in the Main Hall at booth #24181. On Wednesday October 30th at 12:00 we will be presenting the ColorBond CLeo Award, which was created to recognize excellent craftsmanship and to honor Leo Kagan, who was responsible for moving the SEMA Show in 1977 from Anaheim, California to its current location in Las Vegas. Stay after the award presentation to celebrate Leo’s 102nd Birthday! We will be serving cake and coffee! Leo’s party starts at 1:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Witt Customs Changes the Color of a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Interior Using ColorBond

Posted on Aug 06, 2018. 0 comments

Team Witt Customs, an automotive design, custom and restoration shop located in Nashville, TN, has been THE shop to go to for high-end restorations and unique customs since its opening in January 2008. Known for completing the highest quality customs and restorations, Team Witt’s reputation stands strong in the Nashville community.

Team Witt Customs just performed an awesome interior restoration on a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado using ColorBond car interior paint. The car originally had white seats, which the vehicle’s owner transplanted into another El Dorado in his collection. The owner then provided Team Witt with a donor brown leather interior to be refinished in the same crimson color that was originally used with the 1977 Eldorado. Using ColorBond LVP Refinisher in GM Crimson #64, an exact match to the OEM color used with the 1977 Eldorado, Team Witt repainted the seats and armrests. As you can see, the results are amazing!

Of note, ColorBond is the only provider of aerosol car interior paints that are OEM color correct; currently there are 196 hues available for a wide range of import and domestic vehicles. More information on ColorBond’s OEM color selection can be found here.

Here is what Nikki Witt, of Team Witt Customs, had to say about ColorBond:

“We originally saw ColorBond at the SEMA Show. In their booth they did a demonstration where they painted a section of a car seat. It dried in 60 seconds and it looked great! We were sold! Before the Eldorado restoration, we had used ColorBond for painting small interior areas on other projects. With the Eldorado, it was the first time we sprayed all the whole interior. ColorBond was very easy and simple to use. It went on evenly and it turned out beautifully! The color came out pretty good I think. We had painted the interior in our paint booth that was heated to help dry paint. We actually found allowing the ColorBond to cure outside the booth, where the air was about 20 degrees cooler, allowed it to dry more quickly”. 

Kudos to Team Witt for such a wonderful interior restoration!

Eldorado Interior Before Refinishing

Eldorado Interior After Refinishing with ColorBond LVP Refinisher

 

 

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The ColorBond CLeo Award for Restored and Restyled Automotive Interiors

Posted on Aug 01, 2018. 0 comments

Annual bestowment of the CLeo Award is an honored tradition at ColorBond. The award recognizes individuals who have shown excellence utilizing ColorBond car interior paint to restore, or restyle, the interior of any type of automobile including, trucks, muscle cars, classics. Award recipients receive the CLeo Crystal trophy, $500 and have their vehicle showcased in the ColorBond booth at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. They’re also provided with a space in the SEMA organized 100-car parade down the Las Vegas Strip! The CLeo Crystal trophy and $500.00 are presented to the winner in a special award ceremony that takes place in the ColorBond booth during the show.

The CLeo was established in 2014 to honor Mr. Leo Kagan who was responsible for moving the SEMA Show in 1977 from Anaheim, California to its current location in Las Vegas. The SEMA Show is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show. Leo is 102 years old and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint.

Mr. Leo Kagen

“The CLeo Award was not only created to recognize excellent craftsmanship and to honor Leo Kagan” states ColorBond President Malcolm Johnson. “The award also serves to create awareness among Do-It-Yourself people and Professional Automotive Restylers and Automotive Reconditioners as to how truly easy it is to achieve, easy excellent results with ColorBond products. What can be created is only limited by the imagination”.

Maybe you will be the 2018 CLeo Award Winner? To enter the CLeo Award Contest simply send us photos on your ColorBond success story along with a brief testimonial write-up. This can be submitted through our online portal. For more information Click Here.

CLeo Award Winner Hall of Fame

2014 CLeo Award – Ken Bolen

The inaugural CLeo Award was presented in 2014 to Mr. Ken Bolen for his beautiful restoration of a 1969 Cadillac Deville. 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. Ken purchased the vehicle from Miss Stevens for $2,600 in 1994, and the Caddy then sat in a garage until 2013. The vehicle was restored in 2014. Ken spent a total of $350 for ColorBond LVP Refinisher car interior 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.

Ken Bolen says:

“I am amazed at the transformation that Colorbond was able to achieve”.

Mr. Ken Bolen

Ken's Refinished Cadillac Interior

2015 CLeo Award – Jay Van Houten

Jay Van Houten, from MARS Automotive Reconditioning Center, was the winner of the 2nd Annual CLeo Award for his expert refurbishing of the interior of a 1954 Rolls-Royce. The car was originally built for a Baron and had been purchased by his customer from an estate, where it had sat neglected for many years. This all-aluminum bodied Silver Wraith may be one of only four from this coach builder. The customer wanted the interior restored, but also wanted the original seat covers, door panels and other soft trim retained. So, Jay used ColorBond to refinish those components. The results were excellent and saved hundreds of dollars - which reupholstering would have cost. The car is now used by the customer as a part of his limousine service.

Jay Van Houten says:

“Of course, ColorBond made my customer happy. The results were fantastic. The ease of application, the speed it went on, and the durability of the finish are phenomenal. I now use ColorBond in place of the hand mixed interior paints I used to use. I’m really pleased with the product – it has done a great job.”

To learn more about the 1954 Rolls-Royce interior restoration project Click Here.

Jay Van Houten Receiving the 2015 CLeo Award $500 Check


 Rolls-Royce Seat Cushions - Before Refinishing

Rolls-Royce Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

Rolls Royce Sitting Pretty

2016 CLeo Award – Carlos Medrano

 Mr. Carlos Medrano Accepting the 2016 CLeo Crystal trophy

Honda Civic Si Interior – Before (representation)

Carlos’ Honda Civic Si Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

Carlos’ Restyled Honda Civic Si 

2017 CLeo Award – Eddie Black

The Third Annual CLeo Award was earned by Mr. Eddie Black, owner of Blacks Body Shop located in Adairville, Georgia. Eddie customized a 2012 Camaro for Vic Beasley, an NFL All Star outside Linebacker who plays for the Atlanta Falcons. The interior was painted Lamborghini Orange, and Purple with ColorBond LVP and no interior replacements part were used. All components are original. The vivid colors honor Mr. Beasley’s alma mater, Clemson University. The three hundred and fifty man-hours that were needed to complete the exterior and interior reflect the artistry and dedication of Mr. Black and his staff.

Eddie Black says:

“ColorBond is extremely easy to apply. It’s a great product, and holds up well. Other brands of interior paint we have used peel-up. For example, we painted a convertible top and it’s gone up and down many many times. There is no wear showing on the ColorBond finish. Same with the interior panels we painted – where they get rubbed by getting in and out, there is no signs of wear. We will use ColorBond from now on.”

To learn more about the Vic Beasley Camaro build Click Here


 Mr. Eddie Black Accepting the 2017 CLeo Award

 Camaro Interior – Before

Camaro Interior – After Refinishing with ColorBond

 

Vic Beasley and His Transformed Camaro

ColorBond Paint makes it simple to restore, or restyle, automotive interiors. Knowing the product is easy to use and provides excellent, durable and long-lasting results inspires confidence and peace-of-mind for those tackling projects. We would love to see the results of your ColorBond project! Who knows – maybe you’ll be the 2018 CLeo Award winner!

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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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Essential DIY Tips for Painting Your Car

Posted on Jul 25, 2014. 1 comment

Believe it or not, you can get a professional-quality paint job on your car for a fraction of the cost of taking it to a shop. Not only do you save money, it is a very rewarding experience when done right. Whether you’re looking to freshen up a dull color or want a completely new look, ColorBond car paints are the perfect way to create that new, lasting look in an affordable way.

Use Quality Paint

This should be a no-brainer, but it is vital that your paint of choice isn’t of poor quality. Any great job that you think you’d done will quickly deteriorate if the paint is basement bargain and low quality. ColorBond’s line of primers and refinishing paints won’t flake, chip, crack, or peel. Our paint works flawlessly on leather, plastic, and vinyl and provides a quality that looks like professionals did it the job.

Choose the correct color

Call your local automotive dealer and give him your vin #. This will enable the dealer to give you the exact color name. Then, go to our color chart and choose your color from among 148 contemporary OEM aerosol colors.

Prep the painting area

Thoroughly clean to ensure your painting area is free of dust and dirt that could easily ruin your new finish. Be sure to paint in a well-ventilated, dry space. The quality of the finished product is directly related to the amount of prep done, so set yourself up well and don’t cut any corners when prepping.

Prep the painting surface

If you’re painting the outside of the car, thoroughly wash and remove any rust. If you’re painting the interior, thoroughly vacuum and shampoo all cloth upholstery with a damp cloth. Dust and dirt can mix with the paint causing an uneven finish. Use 1200 grit wet dry sandpaper and lightly buff all leather surfaces and hard plastics. This step can be eliminated if you are spraying on vinyl, ABS, PC or TPU. When painting hard plastics such as TPO / PP or metal, use # 215 clear adhesion promoter to insure proper adhesion. This step can be eliminated if you are painting leather, vinyl, ABS, PVC or TPU.

Soak Can for 15 Seconds

The hot summer days will dry the pigment in mid air and will create a powdery rough surface. To prevent this type of dry spray, place aerosol in ice bath and spin for 15 seconds. This will get the boiling point in the aerosol cooler and make the paint flow better.

 

Do you have a DIY tip to share? Join the discussion at our facebook page.

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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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