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Old 02-10-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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Maaco Paint Job

Looking to get my car painted matte black soon. I called maaco and they gave me an estimate of 1800-2400 dollars.

Is this a bad way to go for a paint job? Anyone have any experiences with their work?
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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NO WAY

my experience with Maaco has been nothing but negative. I had a hood painted on a Laser back in the day and it was the worst hack job I have ever seen. You get what you pay for applies here...

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:00 AM   #3
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Thanks. I felt like this was way too cheap for this paint job.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:04 AM   #4
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Why not a vinyl wrap?
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:06 AM   #5
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Why not a vinyl wrap?
That's what I'm most likely gonna get. I was just trying to find out if their paint jobs were any good.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #6
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Why not a vinyl wrap?
While i'm knocking vinyl, a good wrap will cost you almost as much a decent paint job.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
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I bet the CAN do a decent job, especially if there isn't any repair work to do. Do they have any examples to look at?
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:56 PM   #8
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While i'm knocking vinyl, a good wrap will cost you almost as much a decent paint job.
A simple flat/matte vinyl for a Camaro should cost in the $2,500-$3K range. The best part is that it can be removed later for free if you want to go back to gloss.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:41 PM   #9
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You're better off reading up on how to do a paint job, buying all the tools and trying yourself than maaco. You'll do at least as good of a job.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:20 PM   #10
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A simple flat/matte vinyl for a Camaro should cost in the $2,500-$3K range. The best part is that it can be removed later for free if you want to go back to gloss.
I would DEFINATELY consider a wrap. I find matte paint to often look blotchy and inconsistent. The wraps look great if done right. Most important is that the matte appeals to few. If you ever want to sell the car your putting a pigeon hold on your market. Whereas with a wrap. You can give the option. Jmo.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:22 PM   #11
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I've seen maaco paint jobs in person. Don't waste your time or money. You'd be pretty much paying for them to paint over your existing paint without proper prepping or finishing. The amount of overspray and orange peel I seen on a coworkers mustang was appalling.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:27 PM   #12
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When going for a company that offers cheaper paint services I always found it better to do all the prep work myself. Fill, sand , etc. The closer you get it to pre-paint perfection the better chance the paint job comes out better.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:54 PM   #13
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I had a have used earl schieb but haven't used maacos ! But they're basically the same type of business! Earl schieb just take a lot less time like each of the times just took. 1 day . But ofcourse, all of the paint shops has gotten better since back in the old days, when these places was awful in painting! Everyone that has seen both of my Earl schieb paint jobs said that they couldn't believe it was a Earl shieb paint job.
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Man I remember Earl Shieb! The commercials, I'll paint any car for 99.95!
Paint was probably blowing off as you drove away.( if you took the $99 buck option)

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Man I remember Earl Shieb! The commercials, I'll paint any car for 99.95!
Paint was probably blowing off as you drove away.( if you took the $99 buck option)
Hahaha ... Oh , foreal ? Yea, I'm to young to remember those adds. That's crazy! 99$ bucks!
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Hahaha ... Oh , foreal ? Yea, I'm to young to remember those adds. That's crazy! 99$ bucks!
Unfortunately I am old enough to remember when he advertised he would paint any car for $29.95
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:24 PM   #17
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Unfortunately I am old enough to remember when he advertised he would paint any car for $29.95
Hey , Nothing wrong with that ! LOL ... but 29.95! wow!
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Hey , Nothing wrong with that ! LOL ... but 29.95! wow!
Yeah it was the early 60's....of course then Cokes and candy bars were a nickle and bubblegum was 2 for a penny. And gas was 25 cents a gallon for Premimum.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:07 AM   #19
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Agreed on the wrap. Not only can you remove if you are going to sell or you get over having a matte finish, but your original finish will be preserved underneath. It really is a win-win. On top of that, painting flat is difficult as any spray pattern (tiger stripes) could be visible.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:08 AM   #20
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They just paint over your exsisting paint. I would never go to them with my Camaro. If you had a 10 year old Honda that you wanted painted I would say sure go ahaid.
I HAD an old Honda that I had them paint. They did a pretty good job. HOWEVER "pretty good" on my Camaro, doesnt cut it.
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Yeah it was the early 60's....of course then Cokes and candy bars were a nickle and bubblegum was 2 for a penny. And gas was 25 cents a gallon for Premimum.
Your right.
Also in the early 60's a $75.00 (+ -) a week job was a considered Ok.
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