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The ColorBond Pro Tech Line of Auto Trim Paint

Posted on Dec 20, 2018. 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.

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. Check out this golf cart which was refurbished using black Pro Tech Trim Color paint.



You’ll see they also changed the golf cart seat color using ColorBond LVP Refinisher interior paint, which is the sister product to Pro Tech. They go together for a great refinishing strategy that can make both the interior and exterior look great. While users are doing their interior with LVP Refinisher they can complete the exterior trim, bumpers, mirrors, fascia with Pro Tech. It’s important to remember when refinishing TPO/PP to first prepare using ColorBond #09 Prep Cleaner, and ColorBond #215 Clear Adhesion Promoter. Like LVP Refinisher, Pro Tech Trim Color auto trim paint is easy to use and provides a superb finish.

For their classic truck restoration project, Long Motor Corporation used Pro Tech and LVP Refinisher  

Whether for the Professional refurbishing used cars, or the DIY vehicle owner customizing a show car, ColorBond Pro Tech Trim Color will provide a showroom quality finish.


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ColorBond OEM Specific Automotive Interior Paints Create Opportunity for Refurbishers and Detailers

Posted on Dec 13, 2018. 0 comments

ColorBond OEM specific automotive interior paints create excellent opportunities for those who specialize in automotive refurbishment and detailing. They can confidently approach new and used car dealerships knowing ColorBond LVP Refinisher is OEM certified, will correctly match, looks great and is easy to use.

Confidence: ColorBond LVP Refinisher meets OEM specifications 

ColorBond OEM specific automotive interior paints allow refurbishers and detailers to quickly and easily complete a job that looks great, color matches, and is durable and long lasting. ColorBond LVP Refinisher is offered in 205 OEM certified aerosol colors and represents 19 auto and boat manufacturers. Allowing refurbishers and detailers to confidently perform work for many new and used car dealerships; They have the confidence and the knowledge that the interior paint they’re working with is OEM certified for color match and performance.

In 1996, ColorBond began seven years of testing and collaboration with Ford Research Labs to earn two Ford OEM Worldwide Performance Specifications for our LVP Refinisher. These specifications are the gold standard for OEM performance and quality and by meeting them ColorBond has shown LVP Refinisher is a 1-k system that can easily and economically repair or restore color to damaged plastic parts, leather and vinyl in the factory, field and at dealerships. Results demonstrated that ColorBond can be used anywhere, in any extreme, in any part of the world. The first specification being WSS-M2P-188-A1, which shows ColorBond passed 21 SAE Tests including Accelerated Weather Chamber, Xenon, Florida Weathering, and Abrasion-Adhesion-Heat and Cold Crack. The second specification is WSS-M99J385-A showing ColorBond passed all the tests in the previous specification, as well as others.

Of note: To determine the correct interior color for a vehicle, it is as simple as providing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the parts department of a local Ford, GM, Toyota, etc. dealer and they can provide the color name associated with the VIN code. The color name can then be matched to the ColorBond Color Selector to choose the appropriate hue. Of note, ColorBond is in the process of developing a new web-based VIN decoder that will provide the color name.

Confidence: Customers will be thrilled with ColorBond results

“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.” Jay Van Houten, MARS Automotive Reconditioning Center

“Fantastic product!! I will be using in many more applications in the coming months. Your product will be a game changer in our new auto restoration business.” Brian Feiden, Professional Auto Restorer

“With ColorBond the number of reworks and call backs to redo the job have been reduced dramatically. Which increases customer satisfaction and profit.” Buzz Williams, The Fixer (mobile upholstery repair)

“I used another brand of dye in the past and found it was too thick, which reduced the seat surface texture. With Colorbond, the grain patterns of the leather and alligator skin were well defined.” Paul Allbritton, Custom Motorcycle Owner

Confidence: ColorBond is easy to use

With ColorBond LVP Refinisher in aerosol form, painting is as simple as choosing the correct OEM color and applying it by can. Those who wish to apply ColorBond utilizing spray equipment can use ColorBond LVP Refinisher in concentrate form. ColorBond dries within 45 seconds. So, jobs can be completed more quickly and cost efficiently. 

“The ease of application, the speed it went on was 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.” Jay Van Houten, MARS Automotive Reconditioning Center

"ColorBond dried in 45 seconds and looked great! We were sold! ColorBond was very easy and simple to use. It went on evenly and turned out beautifully!" Nikki Witt, Team Witt Customs

Confidence: ColorBond is durable

ColorBond LVP Refinisher is known for its durability and long life. ColorBond’s molecular bonding formula penetrates deep into plastic, vinyl and leather. Professionals can be confident that ColorBond’s long lasting quality will be remembered by customers, and positive for future business.

 “Even two years after applying it to the Camaro’s interior, theColorBond is still holding up well. Wear areas, like where the seat gets rubbed getting in and out of the car, are fine. We were even able to paint the convertible top, which is unheard of because of the type of PVC material it is made of. Even with the top being folded and unfolded with use – the ColorBond looks great and hasn’t peeled” Eddie Black, Custom Car Builder

“I was especially wondering how it would bond in sharp folds and creases. It turned out the paint really grabbed in those creases. It is really stuck on. Also, it won’t scratch.” Lilith Garcia, Show Car Owner

ColorBond enables automotive refurbishers and detailers to quickly, easily, and beautifully color match a wide range of OEM applications. Enabling them to provide a higher level of quality and customer satisfaction and facilitating doing business with new and used car dealerships.

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ColorBond Upholstery Paint Provides Detailers and Refurbishers with a Competitive Advantage

Posted on Sep 13, 2018. 0 comments

For those who detail and refurbish vehicles a good cleaning goes a long way, but often permanent stains, discoloration, wear and sun fading of interior surfaces need to be addressed. In this case, ColorBond upholstery paint is a welcome addition to a tool kit. ColorBond is a revolutionary molecular bonding paint that penetrates deep and enables these professionals to correct and restore leather, vinyl, and plastic interior panels, as well as carpet, to their original color and with excellent results. ColorBond won’t flake, crack or peel and is durable while still allowing the original texture to show through. It has been rigorously tested and approved by OEM Manufacturers for proper color and performance. ColorBond enables professionals to provide a higher level of quality and customer satisfaction. For detailers and refurbishers; That’s what’s called a competitive advantage…

Have you noticed services menus among competing detailers and refurbishers often look the same? ColorBond enables detailers and refurbishers to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering recoloring services to not only repair permanent stains, wear, and discoloration, but also to completely change the interior color. If desired, they can offer mild to wild interior restyling services, which is not only a competitive advantage, but also an additional profit center.

Vintage Datsun 240Z door panel discolored with age

Refinished door panel is white and bright – just like new

Before and after – Stained and discolored seat cushion is returned to its former glory


ColorBond Paints can be used to totally transform the interior – from mild to wild or anything in between

While many stains can be completely removed with cleaning solvents, some stains, such as ink stains, may remain visible. In this case the stain can be covered, and perfectly color matched with ColorBond interior paint. A bonus for the professional is this service can be performed for an upcharge.

Sometimes, when tough stains are removed the intensive cleaning also removes dye in the material, which can result in the cleaned area appearing lighter or darker than the surrounding area. ColorBond can be used to match the discolored area to that surrounding it. Again, this service can be performed for an upcharge. 

ColorBond LVP Refinisher Aerosol Spray Paint

Many professionals choose to use ColorBond interior paints provided in easy to use aerosol form as it simplifies the application procedure. They can just “spray and go”. Major benefits are the user doesn’t have to set up equipment or mix their own colors before painting. For the professional, the types of projects that make the most sense for aerosol use are the painting of larger panels, rather than small spot repairs, where a slight color contrast might be noticeable. For small spot repairs, professionals often use ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate applied with a spray gun, which is described in the next section.

Of note, ColorBond LVP Refinisher is the only aerosol car interior paint available in OEM approved colors. The correct interior color for a vehicle can be determined by providing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the parts department of a local Ford, GM, Toyota, etc. dealer and they can provide the color name associated with the VIN code. The color name can then be matched to the ColorBond Color Selector to choose the appropriate hue.

ColorBond LVP Refinisher Concentrate Paint

ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate is intended for application by professional and experienced applicators. Rather than being provided in aerosol form, concentrate is offered in quart and gallon size cans and is applied with a spray gun. Using a selection of eleven ColorBond base color concentrates, the user can blend paint to perfectly match the interior color. Whether OEM or custom. To determine OEM correct color formulation, the interior color name can be provided to ColorBond, who will then supply the formula for that color. The process for determining the OEM interior color is described in the preceding section. Concentrates provide the ability to adjust the color tone to compensate for deviations from the OEM correct color caused by age, fading, etc. As well, with concentrates, the user can create any color under the rainbow.

ColorBond LVP Refinisher is available in quart and gallon size cans

Spray equipment is required to apply ColorBond LVP Refinisher concentrate

Regarding Painting Carpet

To achieve the correct appearance that carpeting requires, ColorBond recommends using the Pro Tech paint line. Pro Tech paints, which were originally designed for exterior trim applications, provide the necessary sheen. This is created by the reflective qualities (sparkle) of being a metallic paint. LVP Refinisher in Light Titanium is also a metallic paint and works well. For black carpeting, Pro Tech Gloss Black, a non-metallic paint, provides the correct sheen.

Proper Preparation

Preparation before painting is very important to achieve the best and most long-lasting results.

Prep Cleaner is a liquid non-solvent, aqueous-based cleaner that removes dirt, grime and oil when readying surfaces for interior auto paint. Works on everything from leather to soft plastics. Engineered to remove compounds and releasing agents that typically spoil most interior paint jobs.

ColorBond Adhesion Promoter Clear Aerosol (215) is essential to use for bond creating a bond between paint and auto plastics like PP & TPO

Leather seat before painting

Proper preparation is key

Refinished seat and another happy customer

With use of ColorBond products, detailers and refurbishers can increase customer satisfaction, offer additional services, and implement new profit centers. Thereby increasing profits and customer retention. ColorBond is good for business.

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See ColorBond at the 2018 SEMA Show! The company will be located in booth 24181 in the Main Hall. 



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