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Old 10-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Location: Loosianna
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Im looking for an economical paint shop and or person to paint my little beater truck. The shops around town want $500-$4000 to paint a car. So I dont want a show job just one that makes it all one color. Any suggestions? Please post or IM. Thanks for your help
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:13 AM
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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You can't beat Maaco or Earl Scheib if you're trying to do it on a cheap budget. Not the best quality, but it's good enough.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:32 AM
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Agree w/Ryan. My local CS mechanic told me that when he needs to paint his race cars, Maaco is his choice. They have various levels of paint quality (pretty sure this has to do with prep work, including how much masking, sanding, etc. you want), each of which is pretty reasonable. We're new to the area, but that's pretty much what I had heard about the Maaco shops on the East Coast from where I recently moved. I've seen some of their work, and it's not bad. Some overspray here and there with some "orange peel," etc., but overall, pretty good work. You definitely get what you pay for, maybe a bit more.

I remember the $29.95 paint jobs that Earl Schaib advertised when I was a kid (many moons ago, obviously) in San Diego. First step was getting your beater painted at Schaib, then take it down to Mexico for the "Tijuana Tuck and Roll" upholstery job (another $25 or so) Car would look great from about 20 feet. Six months later the paint would be dull with the rust bubbling up through the bondo, and the upholstery would be ripped. At that point, if you cared, you just did it all over again.

Either place will get you a pretty good paint job resulting in "one color" on your truck. If I had to choose, I'd go with Maaco.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:57 PM
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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I had a Firebird that I bought to fix and sell, painted at Maaco on Garden of the Gods. I did all the body work, and opted for their Presidential paint service (base coat and clear, instead of cheap single stage enamel), and I had a coupon from the Val Pak for $299, normall costs $500. They did a phenomenal job, and I ended up taking a car I paid $300 for, and turned it into a $2000 profit, mostly because of them.

Bought it from a guy who THOUGHT the head gaskets were blown, turned out to just have leaking lower intake gaskets, took me about 4 hours to fix and was back on the road lol. I drove the car to his house after getting it painted just to rub it in his face LOL. He couldn't believe it was the same car.

The key with Maaco is, they don't do a very thourough (sp?) job of prepping for paint. Most of the time, they just take a scotch brite pad to the existing paint, scuff it up, blow off the dust, and shoot it. Even the most expensive paint wont last or look good if the prep work isn't done correctly.

If you take the time to prep it yourself, (i.e., sanding, primer, remove the emblems yourself, take out headlights and tail lights yourself) then you will end up with a VERY nice looking paint job from them. The way they can afford to shoot cars so cheaply, is that they spend very little labor time on actually prepping the car for paint. Something to think about.
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