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Old 05-28-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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I have a 2002 Corolla LE that I want to get re-painted because some of the paints got chipped off, so do you guys recommend Maaco or what body shops do you guys know that would be right for me? I don't to have rust forming on the car!
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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I have a 2002 Corolla LE that I want to get re-painted because some of the paints got chipped off, so do you guys recommend Maaco or what body shops do you guys know that would be right for me? I don't to have rust forming on the car!
Depends on how long you want to keep the car. IMHO, if you are keeping it a few more years, I'd spend good money to have a good body shop do the work. If not, a "cheapie" job will work.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you drive the Corolla on salted MN winter roads, I would suggest not bothering with painting it at all, it will soon enough rust out from the inside. Rust coming from the back sides of fenders, inside of rocker panels, etc. is not affected by the paint job or by waxing the car.

Rust never sleeps. Sad but true.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Last time I talked with MAACO they tried to bait and switch me to a more expensive job. I walked out. Look around there are other decent painters in town.

Longest lasting paint I ever did was on an old pick up that I prepped by washing with water, letting it dry, scuffing with a power sander (180 grit IIRC), wiping down with thinner and painting Forest Green with Rustoleum and a brush. I didn't even bother taping; I just cut in around the windows. The paint wasn't pretty but did last another 10 years and the truck was mostly the same color. I think it cost about $20 for the paint.
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Considering that a paint job material meeting the manufacturers spec the material are $900 plus depending on vehicle ;you can guess what you are getting.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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How much does Maaco charge on average for a paint job? In addition, I will get a rust protection plan!
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Earth
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They used to have the $199 special, not sure if they still have it though.
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Old 06-14-2008, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I think it's the $199-$399 jobs that most people complain about. They're not going to spend much time sanding at that price, no clear coat either. Their top of line "Signature" paint job is around a thousand bucks. They probably do more prep work and use a clear coat for that price. They explain it on their website.
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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So, if I get a professional paint job for a 2002 Corolla LE, then how much does it cost then? Well, how am I know for sure that the body shop that I go to is a professional one?
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Earth
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So, if I get a professional paint job for a 2002 Corolla LE, then how much does it cost then? Well, how am I know for sure that the body shop that I go to is a professional one?
Depending on how pro you want to go. If you want it to look factory, pl,an on spending upwards of $4k. The labor is what gets you, there is a lot of it and it's tedious.

Ask around town what people think of the shop. Ask to see pictures of their work. They should have some. Maybe find out some of the past customers and ask them how well is their car holding up that was painted there 5 years ago.

If you are mechanically inclined and have any knowledge of body work, you could strip the car down yourself, sand it, etc. and then have the body shop do the final prep before the spray. Not sure how much it will save you but it will save you some.
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