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Old 04-16-2012, 01:22 PM
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Anyone ever get a car repainted at Maaco? My wife's car is a 2004 base model Honda Civic with just under 100k miles on. Its a great running, albeat basic little car. However, the paint is looking horrible. About a year ago the clear coat started hazing up on the roof, and now it has spread and just looks embarressing.

I don't want to spend a ton of money on this car, because its probably only worth a few grand anyways. However, it runs great and gets 35 + mpgs, so we are driving it more and more.

I'm just wondering has anyone ever gotten a cheap paint job from Maaco or similar, and if so what was your expierence like?
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I had a 2000 Ford Mustang painted at Maaco. The front bumper had a 4in crack in the fiberglass bumper. I told them to just overlook it and spray the car black. The total was $580. The car came back shiny and they fixed the hole for free. I sold the car a month later because I needed a truck but the paint was really nice. I don't know how durable it will be 5+ years from now. Remember each Maaco is independently owned so the quality of work will differ.

Here are some pics taken the day of final paint



And a week later

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you get what you pay for. I can't buy the material for what they do the job for, but we don't do all over paint jobs any more
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I usually would be anti Maaco, but I went to a local body shop, and spoke to the owner. He told me for him to paint my car would be roughly ~$3500. He suggested that I go check out Maaco, and that was really their specialty, ie getting a few more years out of an old car.
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I had a friend of mine get a Triumph TR6 done by them, and now eight years later, it's still looking pretty good. I think he paid around $450 to get the job done...no body work, and he stripped the car of bumpers, etc himself...
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I had my F250 painted there end of last year. There was some overspray but I'm pleased with it overall. Here's some pics of mine.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...2002-f250.html
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Originally Posted by SlowStang305 View Post
I had a 2000 Ford Mustang painted at Maaco. The front bumper had a 4in crack in the fiberglass bumper. I told them to just overlook it and spray the car black. The total was $580. The car came back shiny and they fixed the hole for free. I sold the car a month later because I needed a truck but the paint was really nice. I don't know how durable it will be 5+ years from now. Remember each Maaco is independently owned so the quality of work will differ.

Here are some pics taken the day of final paint



And a week later
I would be very happy if the car came out looking like this for ~$500. I don't expect it to look that good forever, but I do wonder what it looks like after a year or two.
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Quality work mean the take everything they can off. Even take windows out. Painted behind every molding. You get what you pay for. With painting, the quality of the job relies on the prep work and painter. So each macco job will be different..
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I had a older car, med. grey color that I did all the rust repair & and bondo with the red hardner. Wet sanded the body and took it to Maco for there primer & top coat package. When I got it back if you looked hard enough you could see the red bondo through the grey color coat, they never primed it. Evidence of color overspray every where, no primer overspray. According to them "of course we primed it", ya right.
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I got a quote for getting my 95' beater Chevy Blazer full size painted.... I about had a stroke. They wanted 3500 to paint a truck that I only paid 4k for. The kicker was they were advertising a "$299" special.

I wanted a generic white, like the current paint. There is no rust, dents, decals, anyting that would warrant any extra work. I was even going to strip all the paint down to primer, pull alll the seals, tires, ect...

So now its factory grey primer and factory white, ugly, but I havent dropped a dime on this truck since I got it in 98.
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As another poster, in ~2006ish I had Maaco paint my car and then sold it a couple months later - for what I paid (about $450) I couldn't complain. Not a fantastic job, but a lot better than it went in - but I wouldn't hold my breath for it looking good for more than 2 years. However for the first year, it'll look great from 15 feet away. I took photos before and after and told the buyer look, I'm selling the car for $6500, I wasn't gonna put a $2500 paint job on it.

I recently had a beater truck and asked 3-4 independent shops for quotes and they all came back over $1200. I clearly explained to all of them that my sole mission was to sell the truck for $2500-3500 and they were all offended at my suggestion that it wasn't worth painting with them. Maaco offered to paint it for $600ish, ironically I sold the truck for $2500 unpainted.

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The problem today with paint and body shops is material costs for. Decent b/c c/c it is pretty expensive then couple in the fact you have to stand behind the work for a reasonable amount of time it's just not profitable any more. Now mind you thirty years ago my shop did 3 to 5 paint jobs a week average cost was 350. But we haven't done any on the retail side now for about 12 years. Most cars are not worth what it costs to have it painted.
I am restoring a 65 Chevy s/w for myself I just got the car in paint and have spent over 1200. On material and I'm using middle of the road paint
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it is good for what you want, there will be a little overspray and some junk in the paint, but you can buff that out.
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Originally Posted by beber View Post
Anyone ever get a car repainted at Maaco? My wife's car is a 2004 base model Honda Civic with just under 100k miles on. Its a great running, albeat basic little car. However, the paint is looking horrible. About a year ago the clear coat started hazing up on the roof, and now it has spread and just looks embarressing.

I don't want to spend a ton of money on this car, because its probably only worth a few grand anyways. However, it runs great and gets 35 + mpgs, so we are driving it more and more.

I'm just wondering has anyone ever gotten a cheap paint job from Maaco or similar, and if so what was your expierence like?

Honda had issues with that model year and others with the same problem(mostly darker colored cars). It never reached a recall status.
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Honda had issues with that model year and others with the same problem(mostly darker colored cars). It never reached a recall status.
I think you are right. The guy at the one body shop I went to said the same thing, and I have noticed a lot of Hondas with similar problems.

Mechanicaly the car is just like the day she got it, however apearence wise it looks horrible.
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I would be very happy if the car came out looking like this for ~$500. I don't expect it to look that good forever, but I do wonder what it looks like after a year or two.
My experience with cheap (not maaco) paint was that I had my car sprayed black just like that - looked great the first year. Second year I found myself waxing it a lot to keep it looking good. Third year, the paint started developing some minor cracks and "sinking" into the finish - hard to explain, almost like the suzuki cowl problem. Even at 4 years it looked better than it did originally, but clearly was due for a repaint again. Was it worth what I paid? Yes.
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you get what you pay for. I can't buy the material for what they do the job for, but we don't do all over paint jobs any more
Had one of those done 40yrs ago ( all over ). If you didn't remove it or have them do it they painted over it.
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if you go in with the expectation that 12 year olds with no previous experience will be taping/spraying the car, then you might (might) not be disappointed.

I, personally, have never met anyone satisfied with a Maaco paint job. I had them do a beater VW Bug once. They got overspray on everything, and by everything I mean tires, fenderwells, even the engine. And they painted over dirt. This was the $800 special at the time. I wasnt expecting much. I did expect them to at least wipe the car off. And cover the engine/tires.
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I had a car painted in 1988 and they sucked.
The paint wasn't wet sanded and they left an orange peel.
After painting it, they parked it outside, under a tree where birds commenced shitting on it. The paint wasn't cured and it stained.
They took off all of the emblems and trim and didn't put them back on. Turns out they broke everything while taking it off.
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I had my old 280zx painted there in 1982. They did a pretty good job. Years later my best friend took a job with Maaco as the private pilot for Anthony Martino (owner of Maaco) flying his King Air 350. Nicest boss he ever had. Mr. Martino was into everything. He owned a decent % of Hatteras Yachts, the Goddard School and Sparks Tune-Up shops. I think he died 4-5 years ago. Part of my friend job was picking up customers of Hatteras Yachts and flying them to New Bern, NC. Martino owned a 58? Sports fisher he kept at his home in OC and a second one in Costa Rica where he spent a few months a year
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