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Old 02-24-2014, 06:24 PM
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Default has anyone ever got the $300 paint job at Maaco?

Got an old dodge ram that needs freshened up. I guess I do all the prep?
Old 02-24-2014, 06:30 PM
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An old dodge????

Hows the shoe business Al?
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Do a spotless prep...
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1975 got my 72 ss nova painted for 99.95, lasted long enough to sell it!
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an X of mine had a cheap maco paint job done.

Cant say how well it held up in the long run as we seperated ~2 years after. The initial job sucked. We had to take them to small claims court to have it re-done. Once there we arbitrated, they agreed to redo.

The bad: overspray on damn near everything(rubber around windows, wheels, tail lights, wheel wells) .
lots and lots of dust bubbles on every panel

The job was done better the second time. I made sure to take very good aftercare of the paint, washing, waxing/etc but it held up just fine for our remaining time together.
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Had a friend get the job done on an old Jeep CJ he was fixing up years ago. He did basic prep and they did a little as well. He was building an off road rig and didn't really care about high quality, just better then what it was. It looked fine for $300 bucks, especially considering it would cost you more then that in tools and material to try it yourself.
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I have friends who have had the 300 job done to work trucks. Even my bodyshop guy sends people there.
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I bought an old police car and had it repainted (didn't like the white/black look) by MAACO. It was the worst paint job I ever saw. They did all the work, and by that I mean they took off the moldings and emblems, sanded, then painted. Then put it outside under a tree and let birds shit on the fresh paint. And they threw away all of the molding and emblems. Even the local tech school kids refuse to work there.
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Think about it this way; 95% of the job is prep-work, and Maaco does that last 5%, and about 5% more. IOW, if you want a fresh coat of paint in order to sell something, it's great.

If you want the paint shot on the car because you can't do that part of the job, then it's a good deal if you do all the prep work, removing trim, Bondo, primer, glazing putty, sanding, etc.
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If you do the prep yourself………and you miss something……….they will paint the hell out of it! So wrap it good.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Think about it this way; 95% of the job is prep-work, and Maaco does that last 5%, and about 5% more. IOW, if you want a fresh coat of paint in order to sell something, it's great.

If you want the paint shot on the car because you can't do that part of the job, then it's a good deal if you do all the prep work, removing trim, Bondo, primer, glazing putty, sanding, etc.

You really have no idea what it costs to buy paint do you. The paint itself costs more than what they charge to do it.

Go price out primer, base, clear, flex agent for the bumpers, thinner, and clean up on a late model full size car and get back to me. We'll leave the tape, paper, plastic, electric for the heat and the spray booth out of it.
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You might be able to get a much better paint job for $600. I just had my son's '98 Accord painted. It was their $500 job with $100 extra for prep to the roof which was rough.

Car looks very good, we'll see how long it lasts.
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All I can say is, real body shop guys sure are proud of their painting skills. I had a beater 1997 F150 that was oxidized to hell but otherwise in great shape and just needed to be shot with paint.

Anybody with a paint gun wanted $1000+ and I had a couple guys tell me with a straight face that $2000 was the minimum I could get away with, Maaco said they'd do it for $500ish. The guy working the desk essentially refused to sell me their cheapest $300ish package but negotiated one of the higher quality paint packages with me doing some of the prep like removing taillights. I ended up selling it before I got a chance to take it in.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
You really have no idea what it costs to buy paint do you. The paint itself costs more than what they charge to do it.

Go price out primer, base, clear, flex agent for the bumpers, thinner, and clean up on a late model full size car and get back to me. We'll leave the tape, paper, plastic, electric for the heat and the spray booth out of it.

;? Put down the wine and pick up the dunce cap, Mist.... Your response suggests that I'm Mr. Maaco and that I set the price (which the OP quoted). You made ZERO sense with that statement.

On a side-note, what we pay for paint at the jobber store isn't the same as what national chains pay....in case you hadn't thought of that.

Finally, if you think that MAACO does this in order to lose money, you need to get a job where money is important enough to think about

Out.
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P.S. I've done six automotive paint jobs, including two Porsches. Don't preach to the choir, son.
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Remember, you can always tell them you want a better quality paint. For a little more money you'll get a better job.
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Buddy of mine had one done yrs ago. They didn't paint the door jams or under the hood/trunk. Something to keep in mind if you're changing the color of the car.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
P.S. I've done six automotive paint jobs, including two Porches. Don't preach to the choir, son.
Porches don't count.










This thread made me remember the old joke.
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Father-in-law had his done...a year later, most of it has peeled off.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
P.S. I've done six automotive paint jobs, including two Porsches. Don't preach to the choir, son.

SON????

Excuse me but I hardly think your questions over the years on here hardly demote me to YOU calling me anything,,, Never mind SON.
You might be top dog in your circle of friends but I assure you, your thoughts and practices would have you fired by me for some of the crap you have posted that YOU admit to doing yourself.

You sure ask a lot of stupid questions on simple stuff and if you're so effin smart on paint why the need to ask about paint jobs after doing six of them? Another blow hard comment I suspect.

If somebody is going to put something down (re: drinking) it better be you putting down the crack pipe. Your general knowledge based on your posts without looking it up or asking about it prior before posting on the internet (THT) is poor at best.
Yes sir. I do it for a living full time and don't require help in what I do everyday.

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