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I'm looking to get my car repainted, but I don't want to pay $2,000. I know Maaco can do it for just a few hundred. Even if it starts to chip after 6 months or a year or something (I've heard rumors of Maaco's jobs doing this), I could just get it resprayed again and still be saving money over paying $2,000 for one that's going to chip and get scratched and whatnot from rocks. My car is a daily driver, so the paint is going to be damaged no matter how much it costs.

My main concern is whether or not Maaco's cheaper paint job jobs (the few hundred dollar ones) look professional. I don't want some low-gloss shine with runs in the paint, as I'm wanting to take my car to a few shows this season. I looked on Maaco's website, and their Signature Paint ($1,000+ [most expensive]) is the only one that says anything about clear coats and bringing back a "factory shine." I'd imagine they'd clear coat all of their jobs, unless otherwise requested, but I've never had a car repainted, so I don't really know what I'm getting into here.

Any help will be appreciated.
 

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Macco most likely uses single stage paint, which has the base coat and the clear mixed in. They prime and spray and done. They tape over all gaskets, windows, etc instead of removing them. This will cause it to chip since the edge of the new paint is sitting on the edge of a gasket. Hope this helps.
 

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Macco most likely uses single stage paint, which has the base coat and the clear mixed in. They prime and spray and done. They tape over all gaskets, windows, etc instead of removing them. This will cause it to chip since the edge of the new paint is sitting on the edge of a gasket. Hope this helps.
Yeah, it does. So since the paint and clear coat are mixed together, will that give it a low-gloss shine, or can I still turn it into a mirror with a nice wax?
 

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you take old beaters to Maaco for paint not nice cars like the Tib...I had a friend that had his race camaro painted at one and it looked great for a year then turned to crap...I went to a similiar place called Spray Glow to have my Tib repainted after being keyed on one side....huge mistake...there was a bunch of overspray, fish eyes, and runs....I took it back a second time and they fixed some of it but added more of the same...as they say you get what you pay for....I went to a quality shop after that and the difference was night and day...
 

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Low gloss shine, they are mixed together and in a sence diluting (sp) the clear aswell as the base coat. As to a regular base coat goin on and then clear overtop would give alot better shine (obviousely). If I were you, I would take it to a body shop or custom shop and see what they want. If you really feel sparky, drive to Maaco and look around their lot at cars they are doing, just finished, and cars that are back there to get done again cause they have messed up. If everything looks good...go to maaco
 

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Low gloss shine, they are mixed together and in a sence diluting (sp) the clear aswell as the base coat. As to a regular base coat goin on and then clear overtop would give alot better shine (obviousely). If I were you, I would take it to a body shop or custom shop and see what they want. If you really feel sparky, drive to Maaco and look around their lot at cars they are doing, just finished, and cars that are back there to get done again cause they have messed up. If everything looks good...go to maaco
Hmm, that's a good idea. I'll do that tomorrow.

Thanks for the help, everyone. :)
 

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Low gloss shine, they are mixed together and in a sence diluting (sp) the clear aswell as the base coat. As to a regular base coat goin on and then clear overtop would give alot better shine (obviousely). If I were you, I would take it to a body shop or custom shop and see what they want. If you really feel sparky, drive to Maaco and look around their lot at cars they are doing, just finished, and cars that are back there to get done again cause they have messed up. If everything looks good...go to maaco



hes absolutly right.....^^^^.....anyone that uses the single stage paint is a real ghetto shop or macco....it looks like absolute ***........and im sure the tape offs around all the edges/windowns will look like absolute *** as well...it will never come out perfect unless removed(which even a $2000 job wont get ya in most cases lol)..........save urself the heartache and shell out a bit more and let a real shop use the real OEM base and then real automotive clearcoat...




btw.......scftw does ur car REALLY need a repainting?..............whats wrong with it exactly to where it calls for an entire repainting.......is the clear just real real swirl marked up?.....or do u have cosmetic damage........u might be better off using the cash to have the car proffesionaly wetsanded and just recleared or buffed and it will shine as good as the day u bought it
 

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I guess it doesn't need it. But in that same sense, it doesn't really need a supercharger either. :p

I don't think the swirls are in the clearcoat. I paid a week ago to have it buffed to get all the swirls out, and they didn't come out. I was told that's because the swirls are in the actual paint, and not just the clearcoat. It also has some minor cosmetic damage. The hood has a shitload of rock chips on it, as well as the paint beginning to chip around the badge. The front bumper has its fair share of rock chips, the mirrors have rock chips, and there are a few scratches here and there. It's nothing extremely major, but still something I would love to get fixed, especially since I'm planning on taking my car to a few shows over the summer.
 

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If you do that...I would invest into a body kit if your goin thru all the trouble of getting it repainted...IMO
 

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I thought about that, but I want to keep the exterior stock for the most part. I'm going to get some tint, and maybe some wheels, but that's it. I like sleepers.
 

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I thought about that, but I want to keep the exterior stock for the most part. I'm going to get some tint, and maybe some wheels, but that's it. I like sleepers.
M&S Lipkit Type B
looks absolutly amazing for being 90% stock

it would look good on that car of yours

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i dont know if that kit is only for 05 and 06 or if it can be fitted to an 03 or 04
it looks amamzing on a 05 or 06 though

hell just get hte facelift kit man haha
 

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if you use quality paint, maaco wont do that bad of a job
Their website claims they always use quality products, but they only apply the paint and clearcoat seperately with the Signature (most expensive) job.

I also heard they don't paint door jams or anything like that. Is that true?
 

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if you use quality paint, maaco wont do that bad of a job
This is not true at all. A quality paint job starts with quality prep work, and IMHO a blind monkey could probably do a better job than Maaco. Even if they used the best paint , remember Maaco is a budget type shop which probably doesn't pay their employees very well, so I doubt they care about quality of work. No qualified body/paint man in his right mind would work for Maaco.
 

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Their website claims they always use quality products, but they only apply the paint and clearcoat seperately with the Signature (most expensive) job.

I also heard they don't paint door jams or anything like that. Is that true?
Yes, this is correct...that is why I told you about the gaskets, badges, etc. They will tape over all of it, including your engine bay, all door jams, etc, etc.
 

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Paint jobs aren't really something you want to lowball on. Get it done right, you'll be way way better off than having to get it redone. Not to mention a bad paint job will prevent you from selling it and really kill you on the trade in.
 

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Paint jobs aren't really something you want to lowball on. Get it done right, you'll be way way better off than having to get it redone. Not to mention a bad paint job will prevent you from selling it and really kill you on the trade in.
i agree with -------^
 
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