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Restoring Your Boat Interior Fast and Easy with ColorBond's Boat Paint

Posted on Aug 20, 2014. 0 comments

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!

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Essential DIY Tips for Painting Your Car

Posted on Jul 25, 2014. 1 comment

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.

 

Do you have a DIY tip to share? Join the discussion at our facebook page.

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Product Spotlight: ColorBond LVP Refinisher

Posted on Jun 16, 2014. 5 comments

 

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.

 

 

Video transcription:

 

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

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ColorBond to Debut 11 New Colors

Posted on Apr 29, 2014. 1 comment

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!

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Spring Into Motoring Season!

Posted on Mar 25, 2014. 0 comments

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.

 

Want to bring in spring with a total overhaul? Customize your look from start to OEM finish! Refresh everything – from seats to floor mats – with ColorBond’s Seat Stylin’ upholstery paint and our Carpet Stylin’ carpet paint, known globally as an easy and cost-effective alternative to carpet dyeing.

 

Whatever this spring means to you, don’t forget what it means to your car. After all, it’s been cooped up too!

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ColorBond Talks Interiors in the B.V.I.s

Posted on Feb 26, 2014. 0 comments

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! 

 

  

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ColorBond Valentine’s Day Must-Haves – for the Other Love in Your Life

Posted on Feb 11, 2014. 0 comments

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. 

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In Case You Missed ColorBond at the Mobile Tech Auto Recon Expo…

Posted on Feb 04, 2014. 0 comments

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!

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ColorBond Goes to Norway

Posted on Aug 07, 2013. 0 comments

ColorBond Goes to Power Meet in Fredrikstad Norway

 

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.

 

 

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The Joker: ColorBond and the 98 Acura Integra

Posted on Aug 03, 2013. 1 comment

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:

 

Vehicle

  • 1998 Acura Integra

Products

  • Seat Stylin # 136 Bombasitc Blue
  • Prep
  • Carpet Stylin' # 136 Bombasitc Blue
  • Adhesion Promoter (prep for TPO plastic)

Cost

  • $80.70

 

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.

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Big Changes for ColorBond

Posted on Jun 21, 2013. 0 comments

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.

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Classic ColorBond Commercial: Don't Be Distracted

Posted on Jun 21, 2013. 0 comments

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.

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