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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's Camaro a Hit at SEMA 2017

Posted on Nov 22, 2017. 0 comments

We were so honored to be able to showcase Vic Beasley’s 2012 Camero at SEMA 2017. It was a huge hit with convention attendees.

Beasley Car

 

We’ve shared the amazing before and after photos of Vic Beasley’s car before. Our friend Eddie Black completely redid the black car in Clemson colors. He gave us background on the project: 

"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 final product was so great that we presented Mr. Black with the 2017 CLeo Award (given for expert use of ColorBond products).

2017 CLeo Award Presentation

We were also happy to give away a Beasley signed football to a very big Clemson fan. The winner, Tammy, is also a huge fan of Beasley himself and was overjoyed at winning.

Tammy

As a thank you to Mr. Beasley for allowing us to showcase his vehicle, ColorBond made a generous donation to the Vic Beasley 44 Tackle & Sack Challenge, which fights childhood cancers through the Rally Foundation.

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SEMA 2017 Recap

Posted on Nov 10, 2017. 0 comments

We had a blast at SEMA 2017. We've seen old friends, made some new ones, and had an overall great time. Vic Beasley's camero looked great as the centerpiece of the ColorBond booth and everyone loved the work that Eddie Black did on it. We were honored to present Eddie Black with his 2017 CLeo Award as well as $500 prize for his expert work.

We also hung out with the Demented crew from NFL Network's Tackle My Ride. They were so excited to meet some fans and sign some autographs. We celebrated Leo Kagen's 101st birthday with an awesome cake. The winner of the Vic Beasley signed football was a nice woman named Tammy who is a huge Clemson/Vic Beasley fan! 

In addition to all that fun, ColorBond has also made a generous donation to the Vic Beasley 44 Tackle & Sack Challenge where monies raised go toward fighting childhood cancers through the Rally Foundation.

Malcolm and Demented Crew

Leo Kagen and Miss Christy Lee

Malcolm and Vic Beasley

Malcolm and Tammy

Malcolm and Tammy

Tammy in Vic Beasley's Car

Malcolm and Tammy

CLeo Presentation

CLeo Presentation

CLeo Presentation

Leo's Birthday Cake

 

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Win a Signed Vic Beasley Football at SEMA 2017

Posted on Aug 23, 2017. 0 comments

One lucky person at SEMA will win an authentic NFL football signed by Vic Beasley!

Vic Beasley Signed Football

How can I enter?

Drop off your business card at the ColorBond booth during SEMA for your chance.

When can I win?

The drawing will commence 1pm, Wednesday, Nov 1st after we present the CLeo award to Eddie Black, this year's winner for his expert work on transforming Vic Beasley's car to a Clemson lover's dream ride. 

The winner must be present to win the award. 

Mark it in your calendars:
11/1 1:00 PM
Booth 23889 Main Hall 

Good luck!

Vic Beasley's Signed Football and Car

Vic Beasley Signed Football Interior

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Vic Beasley’s Camaro wins the 2017 Cleo Award

Posted on Jul 28, 2017. 0 comments

Malcolm Johnson, CEO of ColorBond Automotive Paint is pleased to announce the fourth annual recipient of the Cleo Interior Restoration Trophy. This year’s winner of the prestigious award is 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.

Eddie Black painted the interior Lamborghini Orange and Purple with ColorBond LVP and no interior replacements part  were used . All components are original.  The exterior is painted with Tri Color  Diamont  Systems,  donated by Southeastern P&B, The vivid colors  honor   Mr. Beasley’s alma mater, Clemson University  350-man hours that were spent on this project and reflect the artistry and dedication of Mr. Black and his staff.

The Cleo was established in 2012 to honor SEMA hall of famer and longtime SEMA member Leo Kagan. Leo was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim to Las Vegas. Leo is 101 years young, has participated in 51 SEMA shows and will present the trophy in the ColorBond Booth, at SEMA. Booth 23889 Main Hall.

The Cleo Crystal Trophy and a $500 check is awarded to the individual who best utilizes ColorBond paint to restore the interior of an automobile.  Past vehicles include a 1967 Cadillac Deville that was owned by associate of the Las Vegas “Rat Pack “, and a 1953 Rolls Royce. Last year’s winner, Carlos Medaro tuned his 2013 wide body Honda and will also be present to award the trophy.

This year’s award will take place at SEMA on Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 in the ColorBond Booth, 23889 Main Hall at 1:00 PM A birthday celebration for Mr. Kagan will immediately follow the presentation. All are invited.

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

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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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