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.
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.
Here's the before...
And here is the after...
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!
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.
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Are you looking for a way to refinish your car's or boat's interior that is both easy, cost effective, and durable? ColorBond's LVP refinisher is exactly what you need.
If you want the extraordinary look of a new interior for a fraction of the cost of pricey replacement parts, there’s only one brand you need to know: ColorBond. ColorBond is the leader in cost-effective refinishing products for automotive & marine interior and exterior trim applications
Today we’re gonna showcase ColorBond’s LVP refinisher. ColorBond LVP refinisher is automotive interior paint that bonds to leather and plastic surfaces. Unlike typical cheap paint, ColorBond won’t flake, crack or peel - making it ideal for dashboards, door panels, car seats, headliners, convertible tops and more. ColorBond LVP refinisher is car interior paint that looks great and lasts.
ColorBond offers 148 contemporary and classic OEM aerosol colors for Ford, GM, toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Infiniti, Jaguar, Harley Davidson, and Sea Ray.
To select a desired color, go to colorbondpaint.com and click on the color selector link. Next, find your color and click on the product link. It’s that simple!
For best results, we recommend removing the component from the vehicle. Next, thoroughly clean the component with ColorBond prep cleaner. All silicons and conditioners must be removed prior to application. If you’re refinishing hard trim such as door panels, pillars, consoles, or anything metal, be sure to apply a thin coat of ColorBond adhesion promoter. This will improve bonding and prepare hard surfaces for the color application. Adhesion promoter is not necessary for soft trim and leather.
Now that the surface is clean and completely dry, you can apply your first coat of LVP refinisher. We recommend that you start by applying LVP to a small area - to ensure the color matches as desired. 2-3 mist coats might be necessary. LVP dries to the touch in about 45 seconds. We recommend waiting 10 minutes between applications to ensure proper bonding time.
ColorBond provides a long-lasting, durable finish. After 7 years of testing and collaboration with Ford research labs, ColorBond LVP earned 2 Worldwide Ford OEM Performance Specifications. These highly sought after specifications are the gold standard for OEM performance and quality. For less than $100, any Do-It-Yourselfer can transform and restore the color of leather, plastic, carpet, or metal.
ColorBond has a wide selection of affordable and easy-to-use products available for your next restoration project. For more information about ColorBond products, please visit www.colorbondpaint.com
You asked, we listened. This spring, ColorBond will debut 11 new vinyl and leather paint colors to enhance, restore or just freshen the look of your car’s interior. In addition to the 137 colors that currently make up our first class assortment, we will be adding colors for Acura, Lincoln, Cadillac Escalade, as well as additional colors for BMW and Infinity, for a total of 148 contemporary OEM colors. And while the sun will be out in full force this summer, all of our interior paints are UV stable and ready to embrace the warm months ahead. Check back soon for the much anticipated new colors of 2014. Your next project awaits!
Let’s face it – it’s been a longgg winter, and you’re ready to hit the road. With spring comes the start of a new motoring season and of course, a fresh look to match. Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is locked and loaded for the new season. Touch up your tires with our Spit Shine Tire Black, refresh your power plant with our Pro Tech Underhood Semi Gloss, and put life back in your rims with our Pro Tech Argent Wheel Paint.
Even on vacation, we’re always thinking ColorBond. While visiting the island of Virgin Gorda, our friends in the BVIs gave us a tour of their restoration needs.
First stop was Speedy’s Taxi and Car Rentals. We were charmed as Manager Coralie George described the significance of the vibrant vinyl seat colors, and explained how they’re masterfully designed to mimic the colors of the island’s diverse floral landscape. As Assistant Manager Floyed Stevens cleaned the vinyl on one of his vehicles, he expounded on how expensive it is to replace the taxi’s bench seats and tarps, and how a product like ColorBond would dramatically reduce costs by allowing them to restore rather than replace. With the constant UV damage of the Caribbean punishing the interior of the vehicles, we discussed how beneficial ColorBond would be for restoring not only the seats, but the dash panels as well.
Next up was the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, a 10-acre yard providing services to yachts and boats from all over the Caribbean. Marine Chandlery Manager Wilber Samper Samuel was kind enough to show us around. From the striking yachts to the inflatable dinghies, Wilber took us through several instances of upholstery that would benefit from ColorBond’s refurbishing capabilities. Because our specially formulated paint won’t crack, chip or peel away, Wilber said ColorBond would be an ideal solution for helping to refurbish so many of the boats that come through the Harbor.
Before we knew it, it was time to return to the States and we had to say goodbye to the beauty of the BVIs. Special thanks to Speedy’s and the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor for your warm welcome and informative tours. We look forward to working with you soon!
Every relationship can use a little TLC. Whether your sweetheart takes the shape of a car, truck, boat, or motorcycle, this Valentine’s Day recipe from ColorBond will have you falling in love all over again. Simply take one bottle of Prep Cleaner, one can of Clear Adhesion Promoter, and four cans of the ColorBond Leather, Vinyl & Hard Plastic Interior Spray, follow the quick and easy directions for use, and in minutes, your interior will look like it did the first time you locked eyes – UV stable and basking in that OEM glow.
New to the team, ColorBond employee Tiffany Vasquez-Trujillo made her expo debut. Based in Denver, Tiffany flew in to help in the booth, as well as assist with some of our well-received paint workshops.
ColorBond workshops included best practices for both interior repair as well as plastic repair, and helped to educate and familiarize paint technicians with ColorBond’s lineup of paint for cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles.
The show is the largest Recon show for Appearance Repair and Recondition, and caters to those with a passion for appearance repair and reconditioning. With over 2,000 enthusiastic mobile paint technicians in attendance, this was one of Mobile Tech’s best expos yet – the Orlando weather wasn’t so bad either!
You know Norweigans are almost as car crazy as Americans, so it was no surprise that they have some great car shows. This year’s Power Meet was held in early August and featured some of the best restorations we’ve seen in a long time. No doubt, ColorBond was there and distributor Roger Meyer was nice enough to give us a report from the Meet. Here’s his report from the show:
Power Meet has outdone itself again in 2013 with another great show. This year the Meet was located in Fredrikstad and attracted people from all over Scandinavia and Europe who shares a love for the classic American designs. An annual event open to all, Power Meet is organized by AMCAR Fredrikstad in cooperation with an assortment of local clubs. This year the event attracted 400 -600 cars.
Surrounded by car enthusiasts of all types, the judges had a tough time judging the many find entries and ultimately awarded prizes to those with the best restoration.
Of course no show is complete with showing everyone the type of job ColorBond can do. During the Power Meet I spoke with countless people throughout the day and display our Mercedes-Benz 450 SL restored with ColorBond by owner Tore Sollund with the help of Tommen `s Customs in Sandefjord, Norway. A complete interior renovation was performed using ColorBond's interior paint for cars as well as supplies to create a beautiful fresh from the factory look that everyone wants.
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:
1998 Acura Integra
Seat Stylin # 136 Bombasitc Blue
Carpet Stylin' # 136 Bombasitc Blue
Adhesion Promoter (prep for TPO plastic)
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.
We've been working hard on the ColorBond website and we're almost there! You'd be surprised and how much work is involved with assembling all of the materials and then assembling them in a way that is useful to visitors. And let's not forget that the website's appearance is much different than what we've had only months ago. If you're familiar with ColorBond you may remember the old website, but here's a sample of where we started:
As you can see, our new site is pretty different! Hopefully you'll enjoy the additional functionality that will help you find the information and products that you're looking for! And if there's something we missed that you think is a gotta have, contact us and we'll put it on our list of next steps.
Working on the new ColorBond website has been a lot of fun - I've definitely learned a lot about interior auto paint, that's for sure! As we've assembled all the materials needed to ensure everyone understands how useful ColorBond paints are, I encountered this TV commercial that I think describes the many ways that these products can be used:
All I can say is don't let any of the dated elements distract you. ColorBond paints can be used in an almost unlimited number of ways and with proper preparation and application you'll be amazed with the results! Just check out the Testimonial Page and you'll read reviews and see photos from average people that have obtained incredible results.