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Old 05-26-2008, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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We call the cheap job a "twenty foot" paint job. They look good from twenty feet, but don't walk any closer...!
I have seen some where they didn't even bother to remove some black trim or emblems, they just painted right over them. Those cheap paint jobs tend to have a problem with "orange peel" too.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Have any one had or known anyone to have body work done by Maaco? If so, what was the end results?
Interesting question, Allied . . . exactly what are you having painted?

After researching for a Fresh-Up Paint Job for my Jeep a few years ago, I uncovered a few "horror stories" from Maaco customers. "Orange Peeling" and overspray were probably the two major issues.

Probably the phrase, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR is the "bell ringer" here since a paint job can run from a few hundred dollars all the way to many thousands of dollars.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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I remember when I was 15 years old.....back in 1951.
Sears sold a "Paint Job in a Can"
It was an oil based enamel ready to apply.
It was applied with the applicator which was kinda like an Ice scraper with a mop like material on the end.
I painted my aunts old Nash in one day.
Thank God the wind wasn't blowing or it would have had a non skid shinny finnish.

It still looked better then most "Oh Oh Maaco" jobs I have seen.

Of course I was a specially gifted child. In my later years I found myself applying $8/10,000 job Polyurathene finishes on small boats to 24 ft..

Silverfox
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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I saw a paint job done there. Cheap but really horrible. It didn't last eihter because of the paint quality and prep.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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It's a mixed bag.

Many years ago, i had a doorlock punched-out and some door damage from a theft. They did a fantastic job on the sheetmetal and the paint!

More recently, i had a rear 1/4 panel repair done(different car). The sheetmetal work was level, but the paint work was not too great(wavy, uneven, slightly off-shade and oversprayed to the rear bumper).

For spot painting, i'd only recommend them if it's an easy color to match(like white, which technically isn't a color. LOL).
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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Interesting question, Allied . . . exactly what are you having painted?
I got rid of my 91 camry work beater for a 91 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 2.9V6 and it have rust around the rear wheel well. But I decided to cover the wells with the bushwacker wheel flares all around than to get a crappy paint job over the entire truck. The paint is pretty decent for a truck of it age. Its not peeling or crackling just the rust bothers me.
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Anyone ever dealt with Earl Scheib?

My dad told me of countless Earl Scheib fix it stories of him fixing what they screwed up on.

But he'll paint and car, any color for....what was it...? $99.....?
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Smart decision, because without extensive metal replacement, paint over rust wouldn't last you very long. The proper way to get rid of rust is to cut out all rusted areas and replace with new metal. The flares are a good inexpensive cure-all, which will last longer than painting over the rust.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Long story short, if I was looking at an older used car, "Fresh Maaco paint job" in the ad would probably be reason enough that I wouldn't even call, much less go look at the car. Maybe people with poor vision think Maaco's paint jobs look good. I have painted cars before and the work does not measure up, also it makes me think "what are they trying to hide?"

A buddy had his '59 Impala done to the tune of $1200, it was a damn mess. An overall paint job, much less a color change, is a *lot* of work to get right.

Better to go with the "rat rod" look of black primer...IMHO.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I think Maaco paint jobs are good for when you're trying to sell a car and need it to look good long enough to make the sale.

I think they're also good for when you want to make a beater vehicle look good again, but since it's a beater you don't want to put a ton of $$ into it.
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