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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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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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Restoring Your Boat Interior Fast and Easy with ColorBond's Boat Paint

Posted on Aug 20, 2014. 0 comments

Whether you're getting the boat ready for the season or putting it to bed for the winter, ColorBond's boat paint is the perfect way to hit the reset button on the wear and tear on your boat's interior.

Don't spend hundreds for a professional to restore your boat when you can do it yourself at a fraction of the cost using ColorBond. Combining durability with ease of application, ColorBond's paint products can give your boat the facelift it needs.

Generally, you need approximately this much paint:

  • 2 cans per back to back seat
  • 1 can per helms chair
  • One can of Sea Ray Cutty white will cover approximately four sq. feet on a cushion
  • 4 cans for a medium size vinyl Bimini Top

Check out these photos from a satisfied customer after he refurbished his interior.

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Not only was this restoration easy and affordable for the do-it-yourselfer, ColorBond's durability will ensure the paint will never flake, chip, or peel. Order your boat upholstery paint and let us know if you get the same great results!

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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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