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Old 09-05-2010, 11:57 AM   #1
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So I picked up a 2000 Miata this week and its a very clean car expect for the Maaco paintjob it has the typical orange peel all over and I was wondering if anyone knows if they buff the cars once they come out of the booth? I don't want to jump right in it with something too rough and rip the paint right off.

If anyone has tried to work with this garbage paintjob before please chime in or am I just wasting my time and should just have a bodyshop take it off and respray the whole thing. Thanks

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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So I picked up a 2000 Miata this week and its a very clean car expect for the Maaco paintjob it has the typical orange peel all over and I was wondering if anyone knows if they buff the cars once they come out of the booth? I don't want to jump right in it with something too rough and rip the paint right off.

If anyone has tried to work with this garbage paintjob before please chime in or am I just wasting my time and should just have a bodyshop take it off and respray the whole thing. Thanks

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I'd say your wasting your time. Take it all off and have a reputable bodyshop redo the car.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:14 PM   #3
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you dont have to "take it all off". you can scotch brite the panels and then re-spray clear over said panels. if you do about 2 good wet coats and then buff afterwards you can get it as slick as you want.

if the person who sprays it knows what they are doing you probably wont even have to buff it.

i have grown fond of PPG deltron 2000 2021 urethane clear. my customers have been very happy with the results.












all of these are the 2021 urethane clear. in these pics none have been buffed
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:55 PM   #4
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I worked at maaco at one point. They do not buff the cars after they come out of the booth.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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Thanks guys I'm going to take kolten493's advice since I don't care for the paint to be anything show quality just decent. I would rather put my money towards a nice turbo setup
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:36 AM   #6
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i wouldnt spray ppg clear over their cheap (probably single stage) paint job. A gallon of ppg probably cost more than the whole paint job did. It will only be as good as the product underneith.
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:26 PM   #7
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this is truth^

but since he doesnt really care about holdout characteristics and only appearance it *shouldn't* be as critical as it typically is.

and even if their paint is single stage (which it probably is) as long as you just scotchbrite the panels enough the clear over top it will be fine. (think clearing over epoxy resin on carbon etc)

if you didnt want to spend as much money, ppg has lower paint lines that are still better than what you have and any body shop should be able to shoot it fairly priced.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:08 PM   #8
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ya, i used to use omni made by ppg and it was pretty great stuff.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:56 AM   #9
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If you liked omni you would love deltron. It's pretty sweet, sprays out nice, great color match in bases, and the clear rocks.

Deltron products I use

v-prime 2k primer
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:18 AM   #10
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So I picked up a 2000 Miata this week
You buy & sell **** like crazy!
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:45 PM   #11
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Nick...how many cars have you been through.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:21 PM   #12
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In my experience, Maaco jobs are absolute crap. I had my Bronco painted years ago thinking I wouldn't car that much since I took it off-road and such. There were places that I could pick the paint off with my fingernail and spots where they didn't even paint. I repainted it myself a couple of years later, and while I had a couple of runs and sags, my prep work ensured that the paint wore like iron.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:36 PM   #13
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Well yeah...most Maaco places don't even take the old paint off, they just spray new on...or at least the few in my area do that
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:26 PM   #14
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You buy & sell **** like crazy!
Haha I think I enjoy building them more than driving them.

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Nick...how many cars have you been through.
Hmmm since the selling my Subaru 2 years ago I have had a S2000, TSX, Cherokee and now I have a RX350 and the Miata.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #15
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Hmmm since the selling my Subaru 2 years ago I have had a S2000, TSX, Cherokee and now I have a RX350 and the Miata.
stop being a slut.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:34 PM   #16
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Default nothing good from maaco

when i bought my wrx used there were a couple of things to touch up and the dealewr sent me to maaco, from the past i knew they were bad but thought maybe they put in a little extra effort coming from the dealer. I was wrong, they couldn't get the color right, painted over dirt, overspray all over and they were even nice enough to mask off the 3M rock guard. Nothing from maaco will ever come close to half assed
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:25 PM   #17
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Maaco sucks, they painted my mother in-laws Ford truck and it turned out pretty shi#$y. Overspay untaped,etc..
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:00 AM   #18
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Maaco can suck a nut, their terrible. Nothing but horror stories come from that place
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:12 AM   #19
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My body shop guy told a horror story of a guy that came in and painted his 67 Camaro at Maaco. It started to peel off.

Maaco's prices make me wonder the quality of the paint.
I bet they don't even use sparkle in their base coat.
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:30 AM   #20
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wouldnt spray ppg clear over their cheap (probably single stage) paint job. A gallon of ppg probably cost more than the whole paint job did. It will only be as good as the product underneith.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:19 AM   #21
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Nick, hope you don't mind me jumpin in on your thread, but I was wondering the same thing about Maaco. But all I was gonna do was get my front bumper redone since its so rock pitted from the winters here in Colorado. Have any of you guys just had something simple like that done??? Another place quoted me $500 just to repaint/touch-up the bumper, I just can't afford that...The Maaco bumper deal sounds appealing!
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:04 AM   #22
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...The Maaco bumper deal starts a pealing!
Fixed that for ya
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:54 PM   #23
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I wouldn't use Maaco..haha
I have seen their work...not good.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:23 PM   #24
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Nick, hope you don't mind me jumpin in on your thread, but I was wondering the same thing about Maaco. But all I was gonna do was get my front bumper redone since its so rock pitted from the winters here in Colorado. Have any of you guys just had something simple like that done??? Another place quoted me $500 just to repaint/touch-up the bumper, I just can't afford that...The Maaco bumper deal sounds appealing!
Why not support your local economy by not buying from a cheap chain?

Maaco is like McDonalds, cheap, and gives you the ****s.

Besides, my local body shop guy uses quality Napa Martin-Senour paint.
Not ppg paint, but better than probably the no-name stuff Maaco uses.
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