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Old 06-27-2003, 12:54 PM
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uh-oh better get MAACO

is that paint job worth it? I mean its kind of cheap for 300 dollars what exatly do they do?

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Old 06-27-2003, 01:35 PM
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Re: uh-oh better get MAACO

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is that paint job worth it? I mean its kind of cheap for 300 dollars what exatly do they do?
They paint everything but the glass, and it looks like &^%. Hardly any prep work, and they don't get too upset about orange peel. It's probably worth $300, but not much more.

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THey don't take any trim off or anything. they just tape it all off. Also they tend to do bondo over rust and screw employees (Guy I know worked there, he didn't have a clue what he was doing and no one cared how bad he did the job) You can get a good paint job from macco but you have to pay high dollars for it and specify you don't want the cheap job.
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Why do so many people keep asking this same question?

OF COURSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET A $10,000 SHOW QUALITY PAINT JOB AT MAACO FOR $300.00.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
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Evenin a bowl full of rotten cherries, a good one shines.

I took my Astro van to a local maaco, I did the vast majority of body work, and taped off most the stuff myself(or removed it) I was very happy with a 300.00 paint job.

although, yeah... you do get what you pay for.

I lucked out too.... the guy at macco was recomended to me by a buddy, and he has painted over 15,000 cars.

I tend to think that people with that much experience know how to do stuff.

I found out 6 months later, that he was out sick the day my truck was in, but I was still nonetheless happy with the results.

A good foundation and prepwork on your behalf makes it all worth that much more time and effort.
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:52 PM
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I took my Astro van to a local maaco, I did the vast majority of body work, and taped off most the stuff myself(or removed it) I was very happy with a 300.00 paint job.
Sounds to me like you did everything but spray it. The biggest problem with the cheap paint jobs is that they cut the costs by reducing the prep that is done. I have seen cars painted by Earl Scheib that looked good. The owner did all of the prep work, where it just had to be washed and sprayed. You can't then look at the finished product and expect every car that goes in there to come out looking that way. Also it doesn't matter how many cars someone has painted, if the prep work is not done properly, it will not look right.
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I know here in California you will spend alot more than 300 bucks for just the paint and if you try and spray it yourself the "AQMD" will come down hard if someone turnes you in.

Paint is the first thing people see on your car. Dont cheap out, It will show. If you have the time look up some of the local trade schools and take classes, most of the time you get to work on your own cars and learn at the same time. Then you can make some extra cash doing other peoples cars and such.

I painted a bunch of cars in High School. Some beaters but a couple of nice cars too. I also got fired from Earl Scheib for doing too good of a job. The owner did not want to reputation for doing quality work. People dont expect it so it never is a beef with the customer when they see the car roll out for the first time.
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thanks for all the info it helped
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Like I tell the customers that I deal with. "You can get a cheap oil change and no one will know the difference. Get a cheap paint job and everyone will know."
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I heard many of the same things about MAACO. You're not going to get an extremely nice paint job, BUT you can get a half-way decent one.

Someone else mentioned this--
THe only way to get good at painting is to paint...and these guys spend alot of time painting.

Again, prep work...if you bring the rig in with dirt on it, they're going to spray right over it...at least that's what I've heard.
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i can probably get most of the prep work myself
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Earl Scheib, "I'll paint any car for $49.95" (my age is showing) **grease the glass and lights, shoot the crummy enamel paint over dirt, bugs, whatever, wipe the glass and lights, NEXT!

**faster than tape


Yes, in paint you get what you pay for.
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so what do you gentlemen say is a good price? What should you expect to pay for a good paint job? OEM quality or so? say OEM on my car... 1985 Monte Carlo, which has two tones of paint on it.... brown all around, tan on the hood, top of fenders, roof, and around back windows?

any ideas? price if I sand it down, and price if they do it all?
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Cost?

Fragzem,
Thats an impossible question to answer, because what you may think is show I may think it looks like a macco job.
A nice base/clear may look good as factory and you may pay some painter $1000-1500 to do behind his house after work.
The photo shoot I was at this morning for a car that is going on cover of Hot Rod this summer Would cost you at least $12000
just for slight bodywork and paint We did no dismantling or Assembly just paint.
I just shot a cobra body only, came disassembled as new all I did was paint and buff $9500 next highest bid was $3000 but I got job-difference is there is no show this silver car will not win.
This may sound high but these prices are not the highest around for the same job. I don't paint for a living but will do a few high profile jobs every couple of years so I can charge less than the real custom shops.
So you get what you pay for to go with the standard you have set.
Your best deal is to find a guy that does some work at home to get the most for your money a lot of shops don't really want to do allovers.
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