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08-26-2012 03:07 AM
My opinion

Many of the cheaper paint shops have something that is worth considering them for the paint job and that is the proper booth to do it.

The problem I have found with these shops is not so much the paint job many of the can do but with the quality of the paint they use.

I have a friend who worked for an economy paint shop for years and his only job was to come in at night once they had prepared a few cars for paint and my friend would shoot the cars.

This guy also paint customer cars on the side and his paint jobs look great.

He told me to purchase whatever paint brand I wanted and he would shoot it for me using their booth.
Having the right booth and guns and heat lamps and all the the other stuff can sometimes turn a so so painter into a very good painter!!!

In my opinion some of these shops do a decent job but I would not use their paint because it is an inexpensive paint that will last a much shorter time if exposed to the sun and weather. If your car is always kept in a garage and you are a real car nut keeping it waxed and clean the paint will last longer.

07-05-2011 08:25 PM
tech69 I think it depends on what maaco you go to. The good ones have decent sprayers but their paint is junk. I wouldn't trust their preppers cause they're too used to cutting corners. I'd have it prepped by a professional, buy my own paint, and then take it to maaco. That is if I decided to take it there. I'd do some research on the maaco's in your area and examine finished work, he say she say, and where the hot rods are.
07-05-2011 04:07 PM
showtime1k for a weekend driver, jus tryin to figure out what stages does maaco skimp on, if its removing the trimming and other things that i can do my self, this might actually work out for me, i dont mind doing the work, its just i dont have a place to lay the paint my self.
07-05-2011 04:05 PM
imperialman67 I know this is a beat to death thread, but for my circumstances I'm prepping the car to the best of my abilities then taking the advice of DBM and heading to the local MACCO with my own supplies.
I figure I will be money ahead ,even having the car towed the 6 miles there and back.
And I have seen the work that comes out of this MACCO.
WAY better spray job than I'm capable of.
07-05-2011 12:42 PM
ChevyTruckGuy I Don't have a problem with Maaco if you get a good shop! Second what's the goal to paint a daily driver or the hot rod? If its a custom and you have a lot of time and money rape up in to it I would say no! I have talk with a couple of shop out my way and there ony give you 2-3 years on the paint job if you do zip to take care of it and maybe 5 year if you do take care of the paint!

07-05-2011 12:20 PM
showtime1k about the maaco paint job, i dont have a garage or paint booth, if i did all the body work myself and have maaco shoot the paint, then cut and buff which i can do in my yard, can that equal good results? of course considering i do my part correct.
05-20-2009 09:12 PM
girls and pool tables
Now I'm all jacked up, what was I gonna say?

Girls, and pool tables... Oh yea! I have a pool table, and my neighbors are lesbians. One time they had a lot of friends on it, and wrote on the felt with markers some rainbow art work, one thing says 'crowns up'. It's been like that now for about 5-6 years. LOL
05-20-2009 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by Deez
Deadbodyman, is Don's (Inman?) tattoo parlor (1981) still in Augusta. Last I was down there at Ft Gordo 81ish I remember it used to get soo friggin hot we didn't have to do schitt. I'd roll down to your place but you'd have to drink all the beer. LOL
Hey deez,I think the tat shop is still there but there are so many,is it on Gordan hwy?The base keeps them in harleys and freash meat ,they do very well.I wish I didnt have to work when it gets hotttttttt..I'm a little out of practice but I can drink some beer,long as theres girls and pool tables Im in
05-20-2009 07:23 AM
Deez Deadbodyman, is Don's (Inman?) tattoo parlor (1981) still in Augusta. Last I was down there at Ft Gordo 81ish I remember it used to get soo friggin hot we didn't have to do schitt. I'd roll down to your place but you'd have to drink all the beer. LOL
05-19-2009 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by chevymike
I hear about people renting paint booths. I have tried to find something and have had no luck.

Does anyone know of a paint booth that can be renting in San Diego, CA?
You should try one of the smaller shops or one with a few hot rods but small, if no luck in the big city you can always rent a storage shed seal it up with roofing felt (tar paper),my preferance or plastic sheathing ,tar paper can be painted white and staples easily and duct tapes nicely
05-19-2009 09:33 AM
chevymike I hear about people renting paint booths. I have tried to find something and have had no luck.

Does anyone know of a paint booth that can be renting in San Diego, CA?
05-19-2009 04:29 AM
deadbodyman personaly I wanted to do my own paint.I did my first job on a tr-7 when I was 16 .some people are just like me ,they have to do it themselves.EVERYTHING.So seeing this quality in others,I will rent my booth and my knowalage to the right people,its very affordable,its worth the extra effort on my part to help others along,I remember when I started out and the help I got so I have to believe theres other shop owners out there that feel the same way,mabee theres one in your neighborhood,but theres a lot of problems in a makeshift booth including neighbors and EPA and fumes getting in the house,be careful and concider the kids and neighbors.....dates are unimportant , the information contained inside an old resurected post is what its all about,deez. good luck with the paint job,if you need anything just ask..... Mike O.
05-18-2009 01:29 PM
on 04-03-2006 kenseth17 wrote:
I think nighttrain is long gone. I haven't seen him post and this thread was started when I first joined a few years ago.
Maybe he couldn't afford a respirator...

I'd never go to Maaco. Like these guys said about booths being rented, or maybe you know someone could let you use theirs. Schools may have a spray booth too. If not make your own with the super elastic bubble plastic for added fun. I'll be looking for the visqueen soon enough. By the time I'm ready to paint it ought to be about 90+ in the garage. Can't wait.

Wasn't there a song called 'diggin up posts'
05-13-2009 07:38 PM
deadbodyman Well there you go guys.See it does pay to be a nice guy and treat people right,thats all anybody wants anyways,RESPECT
05-13-2009 04:32 PM
Originally Posted by deadbodyman
I just gotta say something about this ,ether or question.First of all NEITHER is a good answer.That said why cant you just bring an econo paint shop your own paint?I've run two of these type shops and never had a problem painting someones car with their own paint.Since your concidering an el cheapo paint shop I must assume cost is a factor.So I recomend nason single stage for solid colors @ 100.00 a gal. and nason ful-base @100.00 a gal for metalics with SPI clear 100.00 a gal. They have the booth and the experiance,the painters are very good ,they paint around ten cars a day and nobody can paint that much and not be good.their weekness is prep (sanding and masking),because of the volume they have to produce.OK, so go in and introduce yourself to the help and show them your car and when it comes around they may give it special attention especialy if you give them a tip ,say 20.00 ea.then you can get a pretty good paint job for under 500.00 that will last six yrs,EZ This is what I do for my trade ins that arnt worth that much,I cant paint them myself nor do I want to for that kind of money
I did this several years ago with a couple of different cars, first was a 70 GS Stage 1, the second was a 72 Nova SS, I bought my paint, did the prep my self and paid Maaco to shoot them for me. They were done last thing on Friday and left in the booth overnight. Had excellent results on both.
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