Using Upholstery Paint to Restore a Toyota Supra Interior
Posted on March 28 2019
Trey Farris recently undertook a restoration project to transform the interior of his street/strip Toyota Supra from an eyesore to a sight to behold. We introduced Trey’s project on our blog earlier this year, when the work was not yet completed. We are pleased to now show you the final results he achieved with ColorBond upholstery paint!
For years the Supra had sat in a Jacksonville Florida field roasting in the sun. Trey reports the original gray cloth interior was badly worn, faded and stained, so he decided to replace the cloth interior with a leather interior from a donor car. However, it was dark blue, which wasn’t the two-tone black and gray he really wanted. So, Trey used ColorBond LVP Refinisher upholstery paint to create that look.
Trey prepared the interior surfaces by roughing them up with a Scotchbrite pad, and then wiped the leather components with alcohol (of note, hard plastics should not be wiped down with alcohol. ColorBond Prep Cleaner should be used). Trey also used ColorBond Adhesion Promoter before painting. This was Trey’s first-time using car interior paint.
When painting, Trey reports he first heated the plastic surfaces to 100 degrees F and then applied a light coat of adhesion promoter. He says the interior paint adhered very well he is unable to scratch it using reasonable force.
Of note, the majority of today’s plastics used for replacement and OEM trim are generally TPO/PP and this material actually inhibits bonding. TPO/PP was introduced widely in the industry around 2000 and should not be cleaned with a solvent, but rather with ColorBond Prep Cleaner. If the plastic is ABS/PC, then a solvent cleaner can be used. ABS/PC was used primarily in vehicles manufactured throughout the 70’s 80’s and 90’s.
“It all turned out nice.” Says Trey. “These are the final pictures of the interior. It’s completed with the exception of a few screw cover clips, door lock bezels, and power seat buttons that need to be painted and installed. I’m also going to have the steering wheel recovered with leather, just minor things. I have an appointment in July to have the car painted, including the engine bay.” Trey concludes.
Trey’s project is another great example of what can be achieved with ColorBond and a vision. Congratulations Trey!
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Supra Interior - Before
Supra Interior - After Painting with ColorBond LVP Refinisher
Rear Trim Panel - Before
Rear Trim Panel - After Painting
Rear Seat Cushion - Before
Rear Seat Cushion After
Painted Door Panel