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Old 06-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Favorite paint shop?

I searched, but it didn't really come up with any solid local information.

It's time to get my car repainted. Bumper to bumper, staying black.

Anyone have any recommendations of people or shops that have done amazing paint work? After the crappy job that was done before (please don't ask) I'm more than willing to pay for something that's going to last me longer than a few years and maintain it's awesomeness.

So, shop recommendations, approximate ballpark cost and your experience would be great. Thanks!

ETA: I already have an estimate request in at Bell-Kirk.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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Pro Co Auto Body in Bothell. They do outstanding work and are extremely helpful and friendly. I personally know one of the owners (Kenny), and served with him in the Marines. Hope this helps in your quest for paint .

They quoted full paint and to fix body work on my 1990 GSX for 2k.

1613 183rd Street SE , Bothell, Washington 98012
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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Pro Co Auto Body in Bothell. They do outstanding work and are extremely helpful and friendly. I personally know one of the owners (Kenny), and served with him in the Marines. Hope this helps in your quest for paint .

They quoted full paint and to fix body work on my 1990 GSX for 2k.

1613 183rd Street SE , Bothell, Washington 98012
(425) 286-6560
http://www.procoautobody.com

Thanks, I'll give them a call tomorrow
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:00 PM   #4
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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Try seatown autoworks 2067622050, they are a lol bit pricey but they do a good job. It's nearby Seattle University.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:16 PM   #7
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How bad is it Crystal? I know you said don't ask, but maybe a good detail would be cheaper and easier to maintain if you stay on top of it afterwards.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:20 PM   #8
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Any recommendations for a shop on the south end? Tacoma area
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:27 PM   #9
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How bad is it Crystal? I know you said don't ask, but maybe a good detail would be cheaper and easier to maintain if you stay on top of it afterwards.

No no it's bad. Like cheapest paint job ever, cracks in the paint, swirlies everywhere. I'm pretty sure it was done ridiculously terrible in the first place therefore making it nearly impossible to make any better but I didn't know it was THAT bad at the time. I had a really good detail done last year to see if that would help and maintain from there but it's not good. Even the detailer said while it wasn't the worst he had ever seen that it was pretty bad. It looks great in the shade from far away.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:34 PM   #10
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95% of the paint job is in the prep work. fix all of the blemishes before paint to perfection and then all you need to worry about is your planes of sight after that when wet sanding and final clear coat stages.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #11
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95% of the paint job is in the prep work. fix all of the blemishes before paint to perfection and then all you need to worry about is your planes of sight after that when wet sanding and final clear coat stages.
Yeah I'm pretty sure there was no prep work done originally, or very minimal at best.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:40 PM   #12
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Yeah I'm pretty sure there was no prep work done originally, or very minimal at best.
That sounds like either a maaco shop or someone that was super lazy . Any quality shop will have a downdraft paint both that they can bake your car in as well as walk you through all the steps in depth and show you actual quality work in their facility while your getting a walk through. In the end they should also be oriented towards your needs and what you want out of the paint .

Heres a picture of a stingray they just painted:



and a mustang:

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Old 06-13-2013, 11:54 PM   #13
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Absolute auto body

Did great work and great service! They setup rental car and everything!
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:15 AM   #14
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Stingray is one of the hardest cars to paint!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the information. I have calls in to all the shops mentioned and only one has gotten back to me at this point.

Bell Kirk got back to me but is significantly out of my budget.
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:30 PM   #16
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Hey OP, how about an update? I am also in the market for a bumper-to-bumper repaint and we live in the same general area.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:38 PM   #17
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Sorry ended up with a few quotes for wrap and paint and decided based on the value of the car and the likelihood I wouldn't own it too much longer I decided a full repaint wasn't worth it. Most of the paint quotes I received were over 75% of the car's value. Wraps were about 1/3 of the value.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:05 PM   #18
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Metro auto rebuild in sodo. Look them up. Drive by and see the types of cars they work on. They are bmw and Mercedes factory certified. The list goes on.


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