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Old 07-30-2019, 11:34 AM   #1
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So I just left maaco to see how much to change from silver to black.... $2500 was my estimate i thought maaco was cheap. Urgh anyone up to paint my car lmao.
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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If you take the car apart and prep it I'm sure it will end up being a lot cheaper. If you have the time you can try vinyl wrapping it black. I just did my car and costed me about $400
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:16 AM   #3
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You get what you pay for. Maaco, while being a household name for cheap paint, also does higher end/ high cost jobs as well. Changing your car from one color to another is not going to be the same price as getting a quick respray from them for $500. For $2500 I would expect they be hitting all door jams, pulling all removable panels, engine bay perhaps, etc. Sometimes you can save money with them by doing the prep work yourself, but do not take on that job unless you actually know what you are doing.
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Old 08-01-2019, 12:25 AM   #4
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If you take the car apart and prep it I'm sure it will end up being a lot cheaper. If you have the time you can try vinyl wrapping it black. I just did my car and costed me about $400
Yea ive done the carbon fiber wrap in my old Chrysler 300 but never messed with the gloss how was it?
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Old 08-01-2019, 12:28 AM   #5
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You get what you pay for. Maaco, while being a household name for cheap paint, also does higher end/ high cost jobs as well. Changing your car from one color to another is not going to be the same price as getting a quick respray from them for $500. For $2500 I would expect they be hitting all door jams, pulling all removable panels, engine bay perhaps, etc. Sometimes you can save money with them by doing the prep work yourself, but do not take on that job unless you actually know what you are doing.
Yea it was full body work the jams sealer and there not best but 2nd best paint type option. I think im gonna pay a dent guy remove all he can then do the body work myself. Then just have it painted most of the cost was labor for the body work. I think he was a little high on the hours for body work so ill see what they say after i tear into it. I can do the body work just figured hey if its not to much mind as well let them do it.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:53 PM   #6
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I've had my 05 sti painted by them pulled everything off looked great but upon closer inspection there was over spray on the wheels an left over trim really hard to get off
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:37 PM   #7
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In my personal experience, stay away from Maaco. The chain provides service that is a hit and miss across the nation and you have a good chance of being left with something undesirable to the paint job.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:21 AM   #8
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Avoid Maaco and look for a local Mom and Pop shop that has some happy customers.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:57 PM   #9
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I've heard the Maaco paint is decent when you do all the prep work yourself or have it done by someone else who can prep it perfectly.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:21 PM   #10
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maaco is okay but you have to know its not going to be the greatest job
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:29 PM   #11
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Maaco doesn't have a good reputation. If I was repainting a car I definitely wouldn't choose them. Have you considered a wrap? That way you can change color without affecting the resale value of your car with a non factory paint job.
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:40 PM   #12
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I only go to maaco when i need to sell a car. A cheap maaco paint job can bring back a car's color. Its fast, cheap, and makes a good impression on the buyer. But if you want quality job, i recommend going to smaller private paint shops. They will do a better job.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:36 AM   #13
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Maaco doesn't have a good reputation. If I was repainting a car I definitely wouldn't choose them. Have you considered a wrap? That way you can change color without affecting the resale value of your car with a non factory paint job.
if your paint is crap a wrap will look like crap too
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