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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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