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Hey well I'm getting a paintjob and I'm just wondering whats with all the hate on Maaco? It seems prep work is the only issue with them so whats the deal? I plan on going there because I see no justification in dropping more than 1 grand on a car I purchased for 2800 lol. It seems pretty stupid to pay 3k for a professional paintjob. Anyway, anyone gotten a maaco job? People tell me they are good if you prep your car, which I will, and tell them specifically what not to do. Also what would be a nice color? My car as it is right now looks completely and utterly awful, I could honestly careless if they overspray on the moldings because I already have to replace them anyway because the previous owner failed to paint his own car and got overspray everywhere.



This thread I found also lead me to believe its okay if you prep it.

____OFFICIAL MAACO paint job thread_____ - Honda-Tech


I was thinking unique and my cousin suggest a orange prelude look. The one in the middle. Only pic of a clean orange lude that I had.


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Only picture I could find with a clean orange lude and if I don't paint it orange, its going black lol. I just can't figure out what justifies a person to spend 3k on a paintjob for a car that you daily drive :p. Plus that thread had 40 pages of good Maaco paintjobs. Sure there will be a little orange peel here and there but thats inevitable, if anything most people who look at these type of cars don't even know what orange peel is unless you take it to a car show.


My paint is so bad a rattle can job would be 2x better than what I have currently. If I don't paint the car, I will end up selling it because its just not worth the 3k for a paintjob. Keep in mind I'm a 17 year old, I love to work on cars which is why I have this car, but I still can't justify 3k.

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Judging by the attire of the classy ladies in the pic, I say go for it :D
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The orange one is awesome for sure!
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Maaco is a franchise company, just like any McDonalds or Subway they are a little bit different. Go to your Maaco shop and ask for previous jobs. Google reviews and ask around. Walk up to an employee and be real about your questions and ask them is it worth it and what they do and do not do, ask why they are cheaper. I was going to get a paint job also and am going to Maaco myself when I get the money. Good luck I am sure itll be good
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It's personal preference. If you want the cheap pj then get the cheap pj. The. Have more than just simple orange peel. There will be sand scratches and paint on things you don't want. It's just the simple fact that they don't give a crap about your car. My friend took his car there to get painted, he had sir front and rear bumpers on his hatch. They ran his car into their fence and ****ed the front bumper up, put a stock bumper on it and tried to pass it off as he didn't have the sir on the front. He had to wait six weeks to get a new bumper from Japan which they paid for.
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It's personal preference. If you want the cheap pj then get the cheap pj. The. Have more than just simple orange peel. There will be sand scratches and paint on things you don't want. It's just the simple fact that they don't give a crap about your car. My friend took his car there to get painted, he had sir front and rear bumpers on his hatch. They ran his car into their fence and ****ed the front bumper up, put a stock bumper on it and tried to pass it off as he didn't have the sir on the front. He had to wait six weeks to get a new bumper from Japan which they paid for.
atleast they actually paid up for it, some people don't even get that lucky lol. I find it mysterious how they ran it into a fence LOL. Everyone says its all about the prep work and if you slip the painter a couple bills :P
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Re: Getting a Paintjob

Maaco is a franchise and each one is managed by different people in different ways. I suggest you look at as many reviews as you can on your local Maacos and when you find a good one make sure you do all of the prep work yourself.

As for the orange paint job, in my opinion, please don't. That's ugly and obnoxious.
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Only girl I find hot is the second from the left. I just don't like the simple plain looks that most ludes have nowadays. Black/Gray/Blue/white. I want something unique although the only exception is a nice dark blue or red. Not saying the orange is a definite color, but its an option for me.

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i heard they are pretty good. but stay away from the cheap jobs. you get what you pay for i hear. so do the prep work and pay a decent price for a decent job. i havent had any dealing with them so i cant say much for sure.
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I want to help you out Outdoorsman.

Maaco is like a crappy genie. They will only do exactly what you tell them. "Paint the car orange," and voila, everything is orange, even your exhaust, radiator, shocks, and wheel well, rust patches. ambassador paintjob. (should be called snowjob) maaco is the equivalent of jiffylube honestly.

Ask them to do prepwork, clearcoat, remove dents, and rust, followed by baked in paint process, you might as well as coughed up the money, and went somewhere you'll like, same crappy genie.

I would also like to add, that you spend that 2800.00 on the car you LOVE or DD? Can't help but feel if you spent the original $28-$34K you'd have a different tune. 1000,00 for a touch up paint job is a song. It usually ranges to a song of 2500-3000 to get the car just right.
You can cut out the shop labor hours and DIY, and it will come out to 1000.00, you do need to have a dust free environment or tent for the paintjob and 2-3 days for the paint to set. Also give you a chance to bondo and knockout some dings.
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I wouldn't go orange tbh. But it's your Lude. And Maaco is a facepalm. You'll regret it after getting a paint job there
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I want to help you out Outdoorsman.

Maaco is like a crappy genie. They will only do exactly what you tell them. "Paint the car orange," and voila, everything is orange, even your exhaust, radiator, shocks, and wheel well, rust patches. ambassador paintjob. (should be called snowjob) maaco is the equivalent of jiffylube honestly.

Ask them to do prepwork, clearcoat, remove dents, and rust, followed by baked in paint process, you might as well as coughed up the money, and went somewhere you'll like, same crappy genie.

I would also like to add, that you spend that 2800.00 on the car you LOVE or DD? Can't help but feel if you spent the original $28-$34K you'd have a different tune. 1000,00 for a touch up paint job is a song. It usually ranges to a song of 2500-3000 to get the car just right.
You can cut out the shop labor hours and DIY, and it will come out to 1000.00, you do need to have a dust free environment or tent for the paintjob and 2-3 days for the paint to set. Also give you a chance to bondo and knockout some dings.
I plan on doing all the body work but just having them spray the paint on since I Don't have a dust free environment and I can't make one :p. And yeah I know maaco will paint everything if you just say paint it orange, some guy got his intercooler and exhaust pipe painted lime green lol. This is a car I DD and love but I still can't justify spending 3k on a paintjob for a 2800 car haha. I'd rather save the money from that to get an engine rebuild or entire new engine swap since I have 150k miles. I've seen good results from Maaco and I have considered painting the car myself, but I don't have the materials or environment to do it. Its easy for people to say Maaco sucks from what they've seen but at this point, anything is better than the crap paintjob I have right now. Its really really bad. Even a primered car would look better than mine :/. It looks like it belongs in the junkyard currently but it runs well, I still have to swap the front and rear bumpers for new ones because they are being held up by ties.


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If you're really into the orange. Check out sunkist orange.
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sunburst orange is nice too
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Just made me think about the professional paint job I've booked next year for as soon as the winter ends in april!!! so jacked haha.
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Brazen Orange metallic.

I was looking for this color. Thanks! Although if I do get a paintjob like that I may go elsewhere or find a person who can paint it.
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maaco is just another body shop in my eyes, they do less work but you pay less money. the more prep work you have them do the more money it costs.

i was at a maaco the other week getting quotes, and the basic paint job they do, that you see the price on the wall for is just the exterior of the car. they dont take anything off, minimum masking, no door jams, no engine bay, no interior. I would like a full paint job meaning engine bay, interior, everything.

but they said if they were to take everything out, they will end up charging me an extra like $1500 to $2500 for all the prep work i wanted done. so i am gonna end up taking everything out of my car myself, do a professional wire tuck myself, and then take it to get painted, whether i go to maaco or not. as for the other prep work, i might do some of it myself, other than the rust areas, i would really like new metal welded in because i dont want bondo on my car, so i might go to another body shop for my paint job.

it all depends on how much you ask them to do. their prices on the wall is bare minimum, the more you add the more you pay. and you never know what your gonna get with a paint job... any body shop can do bad work, it all depends on the person working in the booth, how much experience they have, and how much they take pride in their work. so you can go to maaco, pay $800 for a basic paint job, or go to another shop and pay $4000 and the maaco one, even though just basic exterior and minimum body work or prep work done, has a chance at coming out looking better. its all about the person behind the spray gun.

so just do your research into reviews, make sure you read through, or skip to the bottom of the reviews page, because alot of companies and products will put the best reviews at the top and all the crap reviews last.... go to local shops, or maacos in your area too, and ask them for portfolios of their work, look at the pictures on the wall, ask them how much experience the guys working there have, or how long even, see if they are certified, theres a whole bunch of stuff to look at to tell you if you will get good quality or not. good luck with your choice, i cant wait till i start looking into paint jobs!

oh yea, last thing, remember the customer is always right, if you dont like the paint job, or something is wrong, like you see a run or something, its your money you used, so dont accept it! if your not happy with something, have them redo it until its good. just happened to this person when i was there last time at the maaco in my town, just picked up there car and were complaining because of a little bit of overspray, which is perfectly fine to complain about, and the manager at maaco took the car back to redo it. so dont accept work that you dont approve of and youll be fine
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I personally would not go with macco. My car is in the paint booth right now and its costing me about 3k, But included in that 3k is mugen knock off installation, New metal welded in over the rear tires where it has rusted out, complete hail damage repair, custom midnight blue paint with silver flakes sprayed in all jams except engine bay, which i told them not to do since i would be getting new engine and trans soon and would bring it bak after i had the motor out to save some money. And they are repainting all of my trim around windows, I felt i got a bit of a deal, But my car will look showroom new with a lifetime warranty. All that said you will inevetabely get what you pay for
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I personally would not go with macco. My car is in the paint booth right now and its costing me about 3k, But included in that 3k is mugen knock off installation, New metal welded in over the rear tires where it has rusted out, complete hail damage repair, custom midnight blue paint with silver flakes sprayed in all jams except engine bay, which i told them not to do since i would be getting new engine and trans soon and would bring it bak after i had the motor out to save some money. And they are repainting all of my trim around windows, I felt i got a bit of a deal, But my car will look showroom new with a lifetime warranty. All that said you will inevetabely get what you pay for


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lol my car is looking even worse today! My window trim almost fell off while I was driving. Its barely hanging on.
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Also a quick question, the car has had the factory black paintjob and a blue paintjob by the previous owner. Should I sand it down to primer or to bare metal?
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Get steel wool pads(in body repair stores) and rough up the paint before going to the booth, and use the paint as the primer. As far as the engine bay, when you're ready for the swap, paint the bay ultra high enamel or powdercoat it black. It'll make the orange contrast awsome.
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What do you mean by use the paint as the primer? I have a lot of dings and dents I have to fix. Also, I've set my eyes on painting it white, seems a bit more realistic for a maaco job lol. If I go show car, I'll paint it orange.
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Judging by how much you have to do. If you do end up going there to get a paint job, your car will probably be worth less then what you paid for. Paint depreciates the price of a car when it's being repainted. If you want cheap. Get it vinyl wrapped then. Or do it yourself, it's not hard. I was before in the same boat as you justifying everything I put into my Prelude. Tell your right now you're not gunna get anything back. I ended up selling my car and buying another car after... and I just turned 19 in August.
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