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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:23 am 
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how much did they charge you? I am located right next to the Central Nine Career Center that i used to attend at. Me and the auto body collission teacher are family friends so maybe he might do it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:38 pm 
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Maaco is cheap because they just shoot the color, if you did the prep work, removed emblems and such, and get a quality two stage paint, you can get a decent job there. But then you're spending as much as a real body place anyways.

If you do the smoothing, removing, etc prep work and take it in to a real body shop and don't blend the fenders/hood you'll be in the $500 ballpark depending on paint costs, not perfect, but not easy to spot either.

If you can find correct color parts in good shape you wouldn't have to paint, but they may be aged differently.

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Some Macco's will do a good job.A friend of mine took his Camaro there and the event did some free bodywork he didn't even ask for and the paint has looked good for a couple of years now.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:03 am 
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Some Macco's will do a good job.A friend of mine took his Camaro there and the event did some free bodywork he didn't even ask for and the paint has looked good for a couple of years now.


I had a local Maaco do my paint. They had to do it twice to get it right, and now, 2 years later, there is paint peeling around my mirrors. This is after I asked them to remove the mirrors for the second repaint, and they said "oops! we forgot". Decent masking job, only had to remove a bit of paint from one driving light and one tail light lens. And a bit on the windshield/rear window and trim.

For around $650.00, not a bad job. But not top-notch. You get what you pay for.........

Now they are out of business, unsure if that was caused by poor quality or the economy dump. I suspect the latter. Lots of businesses have tanked in the last 2 years or so....

Or maybe it was all the warranty repaints? #-o


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:01 am 
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Don't use any paint shop that leaves lights in the car for painting and just masks them.

Those lights should never have been installed. It's a clear indication the proper prep was not done.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:41 am 
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If i choose to take my car to a paint shop I plan on removing all lights seeing as how they are just going to mask them which in terms doesn't fully protect me lights.

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If you don't remove the lights (or the shop doesn't), proper sanding and solvent wiping can't be done, leaving a transition line somewhere near the lights where the surface wasn't prepped, and the paint will begin to peel.

You remove the lights and trim before PREP so the paint will stick. It's not about removing the lights instead of masking.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:03 am 
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i get where your going on that will. I think it would be best if i just take the parts that need painting to my locaL paint shop. Parts that are needing paint are:

Front Bumper
Rear Bumper
4 SSE Boor Trim pieces
2 SSE Fender Trim Pieces
2 SSE Rocker Trim Pieced
SSE Grille
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I was quoted on these parts to get painted $250-$300. My local Maaco has 5 star ratings. They said these parts would fall under the category of SPOT Painting

To ensure the right color, I will take a piece of the SE trim in so they can use it as a reference for the color code

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:54 am 
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A five-star rating WHERE? Do you know how easy that is to manipulate? An example is YELP. They have been caught twice having employees give bad reviews to various businesses, then offering 'advertising deals' to those businesses in exchange for removing the bad review.

Ratings don't mean crap to me on any site that can be manipulated by false posts or if it's managed by the business itself.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:38 pm 
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Just got my grille painted Metallic silver today and the color does not match. I wanted to know if anyone knows what hue of silver my car is. I was told it was champaign but i do not know if it is?

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You should be able to get your color code from the RPO codes on the spare tire cover.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:14 am 
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Found that my code was U-116B. My car code reference showed that my car is a Pewter Metallic. Bought a can of Dupli-color and put 3 coats on and looks like it did out of the factory. Will post pics later

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:50 pm 
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Sometimes a cheap paint job can be pretty good if taken care of and done well. Go with what you can afford and take good care of it, can last a pretty good while.


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Please don't dig up old topics, this one is months old. Remember to look at the post date on the bottom right hand corner. :wink:

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I'm sure he's not going to go to a salvage yard and look for the same color parts and put them on all over again! Most of the time they dont even match since cars fade out different depending if garaged kept or stayed out in the sun their whole life and alot of other factors. Do the best you can with the funds you have and have fun!!


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