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Old 03-03-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Repaint, Maaco or Not?

Hey guys, my front bumper has terrible paint chipping issues. Its been repainted before and not done very well obviously.

Anyway, is Maaco really as bad as I think they are?

Even their high end jobs?

If you guys have tips on a good place to take her in for a either a whole car repaint, or just the front bumper, id love some advice...

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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Ask around your local chapter sub forum for better help as I am assuming you wont have any use with the local shops i would suggest to you as I live In Canada
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:00 AM   #3
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Well my question is about Maaco. Its my understanding that they are terrible but They are all over the US so Im sure I can get some advice about them on here.

I am ALSO doing some local research of course. Thank you
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:13 AM   #4
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It depends on the Maaco, they are all different. There are a lot of bad ones but there are some good ones as well. The key thing to remember about Maaco is that it gives you a great bang for the buck, but only if you are careful about it.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:15 AM   #5
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Once again . . . check your local forum as EVERY Macco employees different workers . . with different attitudes . . and different time lines . .

You may find Macco in Texas is A + quality while branches and shops in NY are total garbage . .

This is not a question we can answer for you
I am sure some have had good experiences while others have had bad
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:07 AM   #6
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Maybe ask Maaco for past customer references?


Not all Maaco's are bad. We have a huge Toyota dealership in my city that uses Maaco for their body repair. I mean yeah they are probably going to really take care of such a big account vs the average joe off the street but they obviously have the capabilites to service a large Toyota dealership.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:14 PM   #7
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LIES....no MAACO...ever. Why risk it, go to a reputable shop in your area
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:23 PM   #8
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Personal anecdote, but here goes:

My buddy wanted to paint his truck. I told him my rule of thumb "A paint job (for a whole car) will last roughly the number of days as the number of dollars you pay for it." (That is for a whole car, but it sort of applies in the OP's case.) He went to Maaco and got a $350 job. And it looked like a $350 dollar job. And it didn't make it through one summer before it peeled horribly. They fixed it under warranty, but it did the same thing after another 3 months. He gave up on getting it fixed. The overspray was terrible, they hardly masked anything and zero prepwork was done judging on the paint peeling. I would spend the couple hundred dollars more in gas and labor to go to the next closest reputable shop.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:31 PM   #9
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maaco up here is pretty damn good!

Advice.. Do the prep work yourself and mask it yourself. Have them paint it. You will save a bunch of money and then you cant complain about prep being shotty. That is what they told me.. they were straight up "Do the prep and masking yourself, to your standards and we will be sure to lay down a real nice paint job over it." They did a neighbor of mines old, beat taurus and it came out freaken well. Car sits outside all day and still has no signs of chipping, etc. And that is with all the **** we have up north. Car was paainted 3+ years ago.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:39 PM   #10
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maaco up here is pretty damn good!

Advice.. Do the prep work yourself and mask it yourself. Have them paint it. You will save a bunch of money and then you cant complain about prep being shotty. That is what they told me.. they were straight up "Do the prep and masking yourself, to your standards and we will be sure to lay down a real nice paint job over it." They did a neighbor of mines old, beat taurus and it came out freaken well. Car sits outside all day and still has no signs of chipping, etc. And that is with all the **** we have up north. Car was paainted 3+ years ago.
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most classic car shops use maaco but will spend 6months-year prepping the car just right. maaco paint is as good as any others they just fail to prep it right.

do it right or spend more money doing it right twice.
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:45 PM   #11
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Thanks guys. This will help my research!
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