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Old 03-29-2005, 10:37 PM
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my 69 chevelle has rottedlower fender,bubbling doors,upper wheel well and front quarter panels.the car has several layers of paint on it. How bad or how good can maaco be??
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:57 PM
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You get what you pay for and a little less. To do it right you will have more in sheetmetal than what Maaco will charge to putty it up. Shop around, buy some replacement panel / patch panels and either do it yourself, get a buddy to help, or find someone to weld them in for you. But if you only want to patch it up for a short time, go the other route.

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Don't MAACO a mistake!

Sorry for the bad title---I couldn't resist! Maaco is good at laying on a layer of paint, but that is all you get unless you itemize everything you want done. I got them to paint my dakota (a 1990), and it had very minor rust and the original paint was flaking. I only asked them to spray it, not fix the small pings, and fix the one rust area in the bed around the wheel well on the driver's side. The rust came back within less than a month (first rain!). Also, the prep they did before painting stunk because there were swirl marks under the paint where they obviously didn't prime sufficiently. The paint is holding up after two years, but I had to keep going back to have them fix stuff that were no-brainers as far as I am concerned. And, by the way, they were not that cheap. Because I have a truck, they charged extra---total cost around $700. A local shop will give you a better job for not much more. Also, I found out later that they pretty much hire anyone---no experience necessary!!!
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:07 AM
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They probably can't take the trim off your car without screwing it up - don't let them touch it!
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hi everyone
my 69 chevelle has rottedlower fender,bubbling doors,upper wheel well and front quarter panels.the car has several layers of paint on it. How bad or how good can maaco be??
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Your title says 396, so I would hope that on the way to Maaco you total your car and I further wish no one gets hurt.

That car deserves an Honorable death!
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I think Barnam and Baily said it. "There is a sucker born everyday" Don't be one. Before there was MAACO there was Earl Schiebe. Look at the prior link on MAACO. By the way I just had a guy retire on me and he bought a MAACO operation. He went to school for two weeks and now he is an expert.
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Any bodywork and paintjob is only as good as the person doing the work. Take the extra time and get the bodywork done and primered and start putting money away for a decent paintjob. Get it done right the first time or you'll be redoing everything. I made the mistake of getting a paintjob from Maaco years ago on a car I spent many hours on getting the bodywork done right. They shot the front and then blew debris all over the wet paint from crap on the floor as they went around the car. When completed, they parked the car out front and called me. I guess they expected I wouldn't notice. When I brought up the shoddy work they said I was right and hadn't noticed it. I got a written statement guaranteeing a repaint in 6 weeks from the manager to the new owner since I had the car sold already. That was my first and last trip to Maaco!

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Your title says 396, so I would hope that on the way to Maaco you total your car and I further wish no one gets hurt.

That car deserves an Honorable death!
and i hope yours gets totaled too and no on one gets hurt.
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Hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way it was suppose to be I guess for a better word dry humor.
Of course a painter would understand what I said and hopefully get a laugh out of it.
But, I didn't consider at the time it could be offensive to you not knowing Maaco's reputation.

What I meant was instead of letting Maaco total a nice car like that>>>>>>

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Went to a car show last year in Kansas, and guess what, a 34 ford had a Maaco paint job and got best of paint, and best of show.
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Went to a car show last year in Kansas, and guess what, a 34 ford had a Maaco paint job and got best of paint, and best of show.

was he competing in the "primer class"?


Go to maaco, they usually have a few cars sitting outside that they just painted. Just looking at the cars will make you run away.
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Old 03-31-2005, 04:56 PM
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No, as a matter of fact it was a candy red, and he even had Maaco listed as the painters. It did cause a stir with some of the other rodders. But i must admit it was a wonderfull paint job. It was written on his sign that the car was painted 6 years ago, so the paint was holding up. This show had about 230 cars. My brother had his 23 T at the show, and he paid $6000.00 for his paint job. Im dont care for Maaco, just bringing up what i saw.
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No doubt!

That would be a show stopper!
I bet there was a bunch of confused street rodders there.
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Ill bet what happened is that he had a friend who works for Maaco, and they all took the extra time on this car for advertising. This does not mean that everyone gets that kind of job done on there car, i have seen some pretty bad paint jobs by them.
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