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Old 06-23-2004, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my car (1984 318i) paints look's kinda worn out and there is spots of surface rust in little area's, i was thinking about repainting the car this summer, but i know paint jobs cost kinda alot, but i heard that maaco has cheap paint jobs. i was wondering if i should go for the maaco or not. i asked one kid who took his truck to maaco he said that thier paint is good but they dont mask the car good and i should do the masking my self.
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has anyone tried macco before?
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How about this, you pay me the same amount you are going to pay Maaco and I will spray paint your car any color you want...in other words don't ever take your car to Maaco unless you like having the worst paint job ever, and believe me, everytime you look at the car you will notice how shity it is.
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Old 06-23-2004, 01:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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lol i see
what do mean by bad like drips and shit?
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First, you really should wet sand those rusted areas right now and primer them to prevent further damage to your ride.

Second, since you don't have much budget to play with, visit a few paint shops in the area (MAACO included), and ask them if you can see some of their recently painted cars. Check out their quality for yourself based on actual observation, not just a few opinions. Ask them to give you quotes for the different types of paint jobs.

Third, maybe you can do the masking/wet sanding yourself if you have experience in that area. Ask the paint shop if they accept cars that have been masked/sanded by the customer. Check out some books/websites on DIY auto painting.

Lastly, maybe there is a local college that has an automotive tech department that will paint your car for free as a project.

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^^^ thanks alot il try what you wrote
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Keep us updated on how things are going.

Make some notes on what each contact tells you so you can remember all the details when you decide what to do.

Post some pics now of the "before" so we can compare to the "after".
That's always cool!
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There's a reason why Maaco is cheap. The previous owner of my car took it to Maaco 6 months ago. Little specs of white overspray on my trim and windows combined with paint runs = not good. n
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Little specs of white overspray on my trim and windows combined with paint runs
Paint specs can be removed with Goof off or Goo Gone. The paint runs prolly can be taken out with Langka. Worth a try than to look at that junk everyday.
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I had a VW painted by Maaco. I sanded and preped the car before giving it to them. The paint job itself wasn't too bad, but they use just plain enamel for paint.
It lasted for two years looking ok, but then it faded and deteriorated and now looks like hell. I wouldn't recommend it for a BMW.
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maaco cant prep for shit... if oyu want to save money, prep it yourself, then take it to maaco
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It lasted for two years looking ok, but then it faded and deteriorated and now looks like hell. I wouldn't recommend it for a BMW.
Maybe you can buy some good auto paint, prep the car yourself just have MAACO spray if for you for the cost of the labor? Or call around some other body shops and ask them the same thing.
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