How to Save Money Having Your Car Painted

We did all of the prep work ourselves including scraping out the rust, bondo it over, priming our repair spots, removing all trim, and delivering the vehicle essentially ready to mask off the glass and paint. At that point, Maaco did a darn fine job for just under $1K. Of course, then we had to put all the trim back on ourselves.

Anyone get their car painted?

One Reply to “How to Save Money Having Your Car Painted”

  1. Maaco killed our Volvo. My wife and I decided on a color and she drove it to work. She then told the guy she wanted it pretty much the same color that it was. This is not what we decided, anyway. Maaco called me to come get the car it was done. I drove up and waited for it to be brought to the front so I could inspect it. I was very surprised. It looked like it was primer. And on inspection the clear coat which was lifting in the creases at body work were painted over! A can of paint was set on the roof before the paint dried. There was dust everywhere which dried into the paint. Now a year later and the paint is flaking off especially at the bumpers a small pebble knocked off a huge section of paint off the bumper. The paint is a nice color though and to their credit they almost matched it. But there is no SHINE to it. They told me they pre-mixed the clear coat into the paint. Do not believe them. The guy BTW who was showing me the car for inspection did not speak english and my spanish was not good enough to bring to mind all that was wrong. I asked the english owner if I could drive around town with a MAACO sign on my side windows to advertise this particular “showpiece” . He said NO WAY.

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