We just received some more updates after he experienced some difficulties....
I wanted to give you an update on using ColorBond paint on the interior of my car since I had experienced some pretty quick failure the first time around. Thanks for sending the replacement product, by the way!!
So, what I did was to use a bit more of an abrasive cleaning process than originally done to prep for the paint. I did this with a cleaning solution we make for the body shop industry that is lightly abrasive, but a great cleaner for removing silicones, oils, waxes, etc. In the body shop this liquid is coupled with a grey 3M Scotch Brite pad to give it some extra cut, with the end result being roughly equivalent to 1500 grit sandpaper. The nice thing about the cleaner is that it leaves nothing behind and rinses fully with just plain water. It’s what we call “body shop safe” or “paintable” so it’s not only safe for use in an environment where fresh paint is being applied, but it’s also used specifically to prep for paint.
Anyway, after giving the seats a thorough clean, rinse (wipe down) and allowing them to dry fully, I resprayed them with ColorBond. That was mid February and now, two months later, the seats still look like they were sprayed yesterday. The first time around the bond started failing in less than two weeks, with limited use in that time.
I knew it was a user error situation, and I’m really happy that you gave me some pointers and introduced me to some others who could also share their experiences with the product. It’s an absolute, unmitigated success and I love the new color every time I get in the car!
Mike's story is a testament to the importance of proper prep work and we are thrilled to be able to help him out.
Take a look at this awesome transformation of a plain black HD truck door panel to a Harley Davidson paint scheme. The custom paint job would have normally cost about $350 per panel at a shop. Our friend did it using only 3 cans of our high quality car interior LVP refinishing paint. Significant money saved and a job well done!
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Hola! ColorBond was down in Mexico City March 9-13 for the 14a Expo Reparación y Mantenimiento Automotriz (Automotive Repair and Maintenance Expo). It is the most important business expo in Mexico and Central America regarding the restoration and maintenance of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. ColorBond was well-represented by Zach Johnson (VP of Sales) and Carlos Martinez-Abrego (owner of DENKO, our distributor).
ColorBond is proud to announce a sponsorship on the popular show GearZ hosted by Stacey David!
ColorBond will be on a huge display rack in all episodes as well as featured in the “Parts Bin” segment, where Stacey David talks exclusively about the product. He will also use ColorBond throughout the season at times. So be sure to tune in because you'll never know when to see the effectiveness of ColorBond.
We are very excited to partner with an auto enthusiast such as Stacey David. Check out GearZ airing on MavTV, Velocity Channel, and Rev’N. Episodes can also be found on his website or YouTube channel. The episodes will air in April, May, June, September, October, and December.
Another satisfied customer! Check out this note we just received...
It is common to get less than we pay for in goods or services. At times we do get what we pay for. And then there are the much less common experiences when we get a great value, that the product or service is just exceptional and that is what happened to me on my first time using ColorBond products!
About 18 months ago I bought a used vehicle that required both front seats be replaced. They were used, in great shape and out of the same year vehicle. But they were several shades different than the existing upholstery. So with that dilemma, I did a search and came up with ColorBond and I'm sure glad I did! Following their instructions I refinished both seats and they matched perfectly and looked great. Now 18 months later and daily use, THEY STILL LOOK GREAT!
We are going to buy another used vehicle this weekend and the pictures show some wear and "scuffing" as the current owner described the damage, mostly the drivers seat. I have no doubt that with a bit of effort on my part and the correct ColorBond product, I'll be able to make that seat near new again.
This past January was the Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando, FL, which showcases the best technology in appearance repair and reconditioning. About 1600 people attended the show and once again ColorBond was right in the thick of things.
ColorBond was presented with a trophy commemorating 15 years of show participation. We are also a founder of the show. We've got to see old friends and make some new friends while demoing the effectiveness of ColorBond. We even came in 1st place for high performance coating! Can't wait for next year!
Our friend Eric is currently restoring the interior of his Mustang to tie into the exterior. His steady hand and the effectiveness of ColorBond make it look like it was a factory-done job! Check out these photos.
The old interior was a boring and bland beige color.
Now it is all black and green.
The green/black color on the inside ties in well with the green/silver on the outside. The combination is sharp and puts this mustang over the top. He used only eight cans for a total of only $120 spent. Amazing work by Eric.
In the world of coatings and paints, there are many nooks and crannies where really neat things are going on, but we don’t routinely hear much about them. Here’s one company serving niche needs and doing quite well: ColorBond.
"ColorBond is a revolutionary molecular bonding paint that penetrates deep into plastic, vinyl and leather. It provides easy restoration and can change the color of leather, carpet, plastics or metal in automobiles, trucks, cars, boats, or motorcycles with fantastic results.” -Malcom Johnson, President & Founder
CW: When did you form ColorBond & why did you feel you could have a viable product in these markets?
ColorBond: ColorBond was established in 1996 because I felt that the available coatings for refinishing automotive leather and plastics were inferior and could be dramatically improved. At that time, the idea of a premium coating for leather and plastic was not being addressed, and we felt that there was a great market opportunity for our company. We were fortunate to be approached by Visteon, at that time owned by the Ford Motor Company, to partner with them in developing the technology. We worked with Ford Research Labs and Visteon for seven years and this collaboration culminated in ColorBond earning two Ford World Wide OEM performance specifications.
CW: According to Michael Porter (Harvard Professor of), a NICHE position in a specific well-defined market segment has the highest profits in that segment as well as a UNIQUE offering. UNIQUE is defined as having something no one else possesses. Would you say your offerings are unique by this definition? Why?
ColorBond: ColorBond is unique because it is a one stage coating that can be used on any substrate that is manufactured for the automotive industry including, leather, vinyl, ABS, PC, TPU and TPO and metal. It doesn’t crack flake or peel, is colorfast , dries within one minute and is bonded in ten minutes. Colorbond’s versatility allows the user to stop in the middle of a job and resume the project at a later date. There will be no evidence of a tape line, only a seamless OEM finish. It creates an OEM appearance. ColorBond can be used on carpet, soft interior trim, rigid interior trim, exterior trim and convertible tops. We currently manufacture and inventory 172 contemporary OEM specific aerosol colors.
CW: Can you provide some insight into why or how your Colorbond technology works with so many different type substrates?
Colorbond: The key is our unique resin. It is ideally suited for use on all of these substrates.
CW: Your literature shows ColorBond spray-on products applied over rigid, supple, and even very soft pliable surfaces. Tell me - what is the longevity of your coating system over a leather automobile seat where flexibility, abrasion and overall toughness prevail?
Colorbond: ColorBond’s longevity dependent upon the preparation of the surface and the skill of the individual applying it. When the easy to use directions are followed accurately, ColorBond will maintain its flexibility and abrasion resistance for a minimum of four years. Both Ford performance specifications require that ColorBond perform for the duration of a typical four year warranty. This includes UV stability, flex, and abrasion.
CW: Are the coating formulas you market exclusive to your use or do you also allow other coating companies to market your unique products?
ColorBond: The formulas are proprietary however we do manufacture private label colors for many customers
CW: How do you go-to-market currently? Direct, Stocking Distributors, etc.?
Colorbond: We are nimble and have the capabilities to distribute to a wide spectrum of customers. The list includes stocking distributors, mobile technicians, retailers, catalogue houses, aftermarket parts distributors, private labels and more. We are very pleased with the performance of our web site, www.colorbondpaint.com. Two years ago we invested heavily in the redesign of our web site. The platform fully engages in social media and SEO. We speak directly to the consumer on a daily basis. This allows us to never lose the connection with the most important person, The Customer.
CW: Are your target end-use markets growing and equally important, is Colorbond keeping pace? ColorBond: Our target end use markets expand every year and we continue to grow every year. New markets continue to develop that we had never imagined such as painting 3-D substrates.
CW: As an private individual, how can I order these coatings from Colorbond? Direct? Distributor?
ColorBond: An individual can order on line at www.colorbondpaint.com or contact us at 877-882-6567.
CW: Can you tell us about the Cleo Award that you established in 2014?
ColorBond: The Cleo Award was established to honor a legend in the automotive world, Mr Leo Kagan. Leo is 99 years old and was responsible for moving the SEMA show from Anaheim to its present location in Las Vegas. He has been a member of SEMA for 50 years. A $500 cash prize, and crystal vase are awarded to an individual who restores the interior of any make of vehicle using ColorBond products. Last year’s winner restored a 1967 Cadillac Deville and this year’s winner restored a 1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. The Rolls will be on display in our booth at SEMA this year.
CW: How do you go-to-market currently? Direct, Stocking Distributors, etc.?
Colorbond: “We directly market our bio-based functional coatings applied to adhesive sheet materials, such as are designed for anti-fingerprinting touch screen protectors (e-RACE™), through mass-marketing channels (internet, TV, printed catalogs, etc.). We use fulfillment services for some of this. We also spend a considerable amount of manpower publishing articles in industry publications. www.reactivesurfaces.com. Using these approaches, we have been able to garner the attention of larger corporate partners who are interested in incorporating our additives or bio-based coatings containing these into their own product lines, and we are presently moving toward commercialization with several of them.”
"These are just a few pics of my 02 truck. The whole interior was an old dismal grey. With your product I'm making a total improvement to my old interior. I'm already thinking about more improvements I'm going to do. Thanks for your help. It was nice talking with you the day I started it, you don't usually get that kind of opportunity. Thanks again. Dennis K from Florida. Ps, I'm telling everyone about your product."
Thanks for the love, Dennis! If the rest of your truck turns out as half as good as this door panel and seat, you will have one sharp ride.
The CLeo Award was created to recognize expert use of ColorBond paints for restoring autos. Jay will also have this car transported to Las Vegas for 2015 SEMA where it will be showcased at our table and we will also present him with the trophy and $500 cash after a press conference. We got a bunch of great submissions for this year's CLeo award, but Jay's Rolls Story really stood out.
Here's his story:
The Rolls project started when one of my favorite customers brought in a 1954 Rolls-Royce that he had acquired for his Limousine Company. The car is an all aluminum (eat your heart out Ford!) bodied Silver Wraith and may be one of only four from this coach builder. The car is to be chauffer driven for weddings, proms, and other special occasions. The car was purchased from an estate and had been neglected for many years.
My customer wanted to retain the original interior if possible and I agreed that with the tools I use for interior repair and the help of Colorbond, it could be possible. Both of us understood it would not look new, but would be consistent with the age of the vehicle, and save hundreds of dollars that a reupholster job would cost. This is, after all, a working vehicle!
After lots of work and help from both my interior restoration supplier and Colorbond, the car has been put in service and is a hit with the customers.
The owner and I decided on a slightly lighter color and it makes the interior look bright and inviting. So far, it has been well received and in great demand.
As the car is used, there are more areas to work on, but overall, it looks great.
The car does look stunning and Jay is definitely deserving of the award. Check out some more before and after shots.
ColorBond is excited to present the 2nd annual CLeo Award at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas! Come join us in booth #23793 in the Main Hall from November 3-6. Just keep a look out for this Corvette seat:
Last year, Ken Bolen won the first ever CLeo award with his gorgeous restoration of a 1969 Cadillac that was once owned by Kay Stevens. This ride saw the glory days of the Rat Pack and Mr. Bolen expertly restored the car to its original luster. We showcased his vehicle at the recent 2015 Tech Show in Orlando, Florida.
This year, the winner will have their car showcased in our ColorBond booth for the week of SEMA as well as participate in the Las Vegas Cruise; a mile-long parade of 100 show vehicles beginning at the Convention Center and riding through downtown Vegas!
This will be the perfect way to celebrate Leo Kagen's 99th birthday and 50th year as a SEMA member. The CLeo Award was formed to honor Leo Kagen and to acknowledge excellence in using ColorBond products.
Our friend Mike was able to take a neglected and misused 2001 Porsche Boxster S and completely restore and interior. The damage was extensive: rips, damage from the elements, and even hay! Here's Mike's story:
I purchased this car from an ad on Craigslist advertising it as a “parts car” because of the neglected condition of the body and the interior. In addition to its many dents and creases the car had no hood, no rear window, the windshield was broken, and the trunk was full of hay! Apparently a rather eccentric artist owned the car and was using the car as a farm tractor for his estate. The interior was completely destroyed from being exposed to the elements and needed to be replaced. Luckily, I found a full replacement interior at a Porsche swap meet, and purchased it in its entirety.
In addition to fixing the damaged body, I decided to do some modifications to the appearance of the car, like different taillights, different front bumper, louvered side scoops, a custom tonneau cover and a custom designed interior. For the interior, I painted all of the accent pieces that were previously silver, body color to match the outside of the car. Then, I redyed the replacement interior from its original Boxster orange to a deeper richer red I also changed many black trim pieces to red, including the shift boot, windshield surround and door panels. As described in the videos, I used ColorBond aerosol as a base coat followed with a custom mixed top coat.
I am very happy with the results and I plan to submit this story to Porsche's Panorama Magazine as well in a section called “personal Porsche’s” as well as show it at local shows.
I hope you like it as much as I do. Coincidentally I already made plans to attend this year’s SEMA show. It would be a blast to see my car on the show floor!
This restoration is nothing short of amazing. Mike was able to take a car that was completely neglected and restore it to glory. Check out these amazing videos and photos:
After light sanding on the worst scratches and a bit of grinding with a Dremel tool to smooth out "curb rash," I cleaned with Prep, masked with sheets of paper and gave three light coats of paint. The paint is great and just right for filling the lesser defects and rash marks. The cost from local wheel repair shops is $100-150. With Colorbond, I was able to do these at half of that.
After the first few, I have the process to the point that I can do a set in 1-1.5 hours!"
Sure, we all know the power of ColorBond for rejuvenating upholstery for cars, trucks, and boats. But did you know that ColorBond also works wonders on other items as well?
If you have a leather jacket that is worn or just outdated, change the color completely with ColorBond's leather paint. In just a few seconds, you'll have a fresh jacket that feels and looks new!
Watch for yourself (skip ahead to 1:20):
DON'T THROW AWAY THAT OLD COUCH. Why spend hundreds on a new leather sofa when you can make the old look like new for much less money and much less effort. ColorBond paint bonds to the sofa at a molecular level, creating a strong and durable new finish that will stand up to daily use. In just a few minutes, you saved yourself a ton of money and got a "new" couch in the process!
We want to hear from you! What else have you used ColorBond on with great results?
"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."
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!
Whether you're getting your car ready to sell or just providing a needed facelift to removing stains and discolorations, restoring your car's interior is a great place to start. It also doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, with ColorBond's paint products, you can complete the job for a fraction of the cost of taking it to a professional.
Get the right paint
Avoid the frustration of trying to match a color to a photo of your interior. With our color selector, you can find the exact color that matches your vehicle. Simply provide your VIN# to the dealership and they will tell you the factory color. Then, use our selector to find the exact match. No guess work required!
Prep the area
Vacuum the entire interior of the vehicle to remove dust and debris. Shampoo and scrub the carpets. Clean and scrub stained plastic with household cleaners or our prep cleaner. When prepping the plastic and vinyl, be sure to pay attention to textured areas as they often build up the most debris. Apply our adhesion promoter to plastic to help the paint bond with the plastic.
If you have tears or rips in the upholstery, they must be repaired first before applying paint. Using an upholstery patchor needle and thread can provide a sufficient repair.
Pro Tip: Removing the area to be painted from the car makes work a lot easier. Apply a light coat of paint to surface with sprayer at a distance of 12 inches. Our paints bond in about 10 minutes.
Our latest customer success story is from our friend, Chris Karpinec. He used ColorBond to transform the interior of his new truck from an undesirable tan to a dark slate!
My truck is a 2012 Ram 1500 Express. All the Express models in 2011-2012 came with Dark Slate interior, however Ram decided to finish the top of the dash in Tan, and all the dash trim pieces in an ugly khaki color, still don't know why! I loved my truck the first time I saw it on the dealer lot, but seriously considered not buying it because of the tan dash and khaki trim! In the end the deal was just too good to pass up...
As soon as it warmed up, I started searching for options to "colormatch" the tan dash. I knew I wanted to do the trim pieces in Silver to match my truck color, but I had to do something about the Dash. I first called automotive interior shops, but they all wanted an exorbitant amount to colormatch the dash, so I took to Google and searched for a DIY option. I heard of your product on a forum and checked it out after looking into Duplicolor's interior paint. They only had a few color choices, and I knew a basic black would not match or do it for me! I was pleasantly surprised to see the ColorBond color chart and see my Dark Slate listed under the Chrysler options! I read through the website and decided to give it a try. I ordered 2 cans of #160 Dk Slate, and one bottle of the prep cleaner.
When I decided to order your product, I also ordered an upper glove box kit to get rid of the stock pocket that came on the Express models. I ordered a black kit since I knew I had the ColorBond paint coming, it saved me over $100 by buying the black glove box kit instead of the DK Slate kit which was for whatever reason like $112 more...
I first tried the ColorBond on the glove box kit and was very happy with not only the results, but the color match as well. I wouldn't say it was a 100% match, but was extremely close! After tackling the glove box, I set out to do the ugly Tan Dash! The top dash cap in my truck is all one piece molded into the whole dash, so to take it out of the truck to paint it, the entire dash would have to come out! This was not something I wanted to do, so I went and bought about 8 painters tarps from Home Depot and some masking tape and one Saturday got up early and got to work! I taped off the entire dash area to prevent over spray, and used all 8 tarps to completely cover every single inch of my interior except the tan parts I wanted to paint. I honestly wish I had taken pictures of it, however I didn't. That's what everyone always asks about though is how I didn't get over spray on everything...I think it took me about 3 hours to tape and tarp everything off! After everything was taped, I proceeded to the next step.
I followed the instructions on the prep cleaner and wiped down my dash to get ready for the ColorBond paint. I did the entire dash with about 1 1/2 cans using another half of a can on the glove box kit. I found many light even coats worked best. I think laid down somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6 coats on the dash. After letting dry, I wanted a little more shine to the dash, since the finish was extremely flat. I applied a couple of very light coats of gloss clear on top. When I started pulling off all the tape and tarps, I couldn't believe how great it came out and how very close the color was to matching! When I apply a gloss interior protectant to the doors and the rest of the dash, you can't even tell the slightest difference! After numerous people riding in my truck and several car shows, not one has ever said it doesn't match. In fact, most people think it is stock and just came that way!!!
In the 1 1/2 years I have had the product on, only once has it came off in any way, and that was when my dog was riding with me and got excited. He scratched the top of the dash with his nails, removing 2 small spots of the ColorBond. I easily repaired it with a Q tip and a bit of the left over paint I had. I really think you have a great product! I recommend it to everyone that asks what I did to mine.
The CLeo Crystal trophy is awarded to an individual who has shown excellence utilizing ColorBond paints to restore the interior of any type of automobile including, trucks, muscle cars, classics and antiques.
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. Mr. Bolen purchased the vehicle from Miss Stevens for $2,600 in 1994. The Caddy sat in a garage until 2013 and was restored this past year. Ken spent a total of $350 for ColorBond 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.
This year’s award will be presented on Jan 15, 2015 at the Mobile Tech Trade show in Orlando, Florida. The Caddy will also be displayed in the ColorBond booth in Orlando.
The CLeo was established to honor Mr. Leo Kagan.
Mr. Kagan was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim California to its current location in Las Vegas. SEMA is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show. Leo is 98 years old, and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint.
Next year Leo will be celebrating his 99th birthday and 50Th anniversary as a member of SEMA. The 2015 CLeo award will be presented at the SEMA show in November. Next year’s winner will receive a $500 check and the opportunity to display their car at the SEMA show.
For more information contact ColorBond at 877-882-6567.
ColorBond's visit to the 2014 SEMA show was a big success. We were able to show off the effectiveness and efficiency of various ColorBond paint products to over 80,000 convention attendees. We even saw a few classic cars that used ColorBond to restore their interior. Below are a few photos from our trip!
One of our friends came into his possession a 1969 Cadillac owned by the Kay Stevens. He then went on to completely restore it to its original luster and charm.
I purchased the Cadillac in 1994 from original owner Kay Stevens. She was a singer, entertainer, movie star and TV game show celebrity guest. Kay Stevens also ran with “The Rat Pack.”
My employer at the time owned a fine collection of antique and classic cars in south Florida. Kay Stevens was a family friend of his. She offer the Cadillac to my employer. Kay lived nearby and I was to go over to her home and to take a look at her Cadillac. Turned out that my employer already owned a 1970 Cadillac with only 20,00 miles on it and decided to pass on the car.
That was when it sparked my interest. I revisited Kay Stevens and asked if she would sell her car to me. She said yes and we negotiated on a price of $2,600.
The car had been stored in her garage and had not been driven for a good number of years. The engine was stuck and would not turn over. I had the car towed to my employer’s shop where I was allowed to store and work on the car after working hours and weekends.
The odometer reads 94,948 however, when I bought the car the odometer wasn't working. So the mileage is unknown.
Other than starting the car on a regular basis and an occasional short drive, the car has sat pretty much idle for the last eight years or so. This is the second cosmetic restoration she has had in the last 20 years. This last restoration involved much more work and attention. There was extensive rust at the bottoms of both front fenders and left quarter panel. I removed the fenders and cut all the bad metal out. I then formed and welded in new metal panels. I had sanded down the three coats of paint from previous paint jobs and did all necessary body work.
I was most fortunate to find three abandon Cadillac parts cars all in one place here locally. So, many of my Cadillac’s parts were exchanged for some very nice upgraded ones.
ColorBond was able to completely restore the interior of the same car that traveled with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. A complete re-skin of leather seats would cost anywhere from $3000-$5000 from a professional. Our friend here was able to restore the leather luster for only $350!
Check out some great photos from this one-of-a-kind restoration job.
Protecting your car’s interior is an effective way to protecting the car’s overall value. From the sun’s UV rays to children and pets, your car’s interior is at risk of tearing, staining, fading, and moisture damage. And that's not even listing the beating that boat interiors face!
Just a little bit of preventative maintenance now can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements down the road. Using ColorBond’s upholstery protectant, you’ll be able to defend the beauty and look of your car’s interior from daily wear and tear.
Application of Upholstery Protectant
Applying our upholstery protector is a simple process. First, completely clean and dry the surface to be protected. This is a key step as any dirt or contaminants can reduce the effectiveness of the protectant. Then, apply the protectant evenly across the surface and wipe off any excess. That’s it!
Other Ways to Protect Upholstery
While our upholstery protectants are very effective products, consider a multi-pronged approach to preserve your car’s interior and save you time and money:
Ban drinks, food, kids, and pets from the car
Your car, truck, or boat is one of the biggest investments you can make. Avoid being a restoration horror story by neglecting to protect that interior! ColorBond's upholstery protectant is available in flat, gloss, and satin finishes.