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Painting worth it?

So I thought I'd start thinking of painting my prelude. Went around to a few places and they told me it would be upwards of 3000 dollars....? I was thinking you could get a decent paint job for around 1500? I do have 2 areas that I also asked if they would be able to fix on my fenders, small accidents one is bent in a little (cant tell to much) and one side the corner is cracked (also not way noticeable). But hell what are the options? Spend 1/2 of my cars value on a paint job or just deal with some scratches and imperfections? Comments? Advice please?
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Re: Painting worth it?

You can do it the right way and pay the $3000. That sounds about right. OR there is always Macco the budget paint job place and can get your car painted from about $500-1400.00 depending on what package you buy. And if you dont mind orange peel affect and cracks and peeling when it is cold or gets bumped the slightest bit (not enough flex mixed in the paint {the cheaper way out}) then yeah Macco is the way to go.
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Sounds like you know your options. live with it, pay for it, or have it done poorly
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Re: Painting worth it?

Sounds like very ****ty options. Lol wasent aware of this. Very annoying to know its better to stay with your somewhat aged paint job than to pay a good sum of 1500 for a crap paint job...Im not about to go to Maaco as I live in utah and the weather has an affect for the worse on cars paint, probably more so then other areas. My fear is I spend 1500 at maaco and have a paint job that lasts 2 winters and starts cracking. Maybe my best bet is to pay a shop 1000-1500 to paint and repair my problematic areas? The back right panel is beginning to get small white bubbles on it. (they told me there wouldn't be much mismatching coloring with black as my cars color if i were to just have them remove certain panels and paint them)

Any opinions on these ideas?
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Re: Painting worth it?

Id say that would be a good idea. get an estimate and see how much it would be to fix the damage. they should be able to blend the paint so you cant tell it was repaired, but that may also depend on the condition of your original paint.
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Re: Painting worth it?

Ya, I'm thinking thats what I'm going to have to do. My paint isnt very bad, thats the reason I shy away from Maaco. Just some minor scratching here and there.
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Re: Painting worth it?

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Ya, I'm thinking thats what I'm going to have to do. My paint isnt very bad, thats the reason I shy away from Maaco. Just some minor scratching here and there.
if it's very minor and there's no rust

I'd say just leave it for now

let this paint take the beating and paint it when you gots the money to spare and can afford to keep her beautiful


course it really is completely up to you :P and something you're gonna have to decide for yourself
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Re: Painting worth it?

hrmm. dnt do maaco. save up for a nice paint job. and while ur saving u can think of what rare n exotic lookn color u want. if u spend that much i feel u should get a fresh & unique color. or stay w OG paintjob
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Re: Painting worth it?

i'd say paint it yourself. theres a great section on the DIY for it. do it as a temporary fix nd then get the exspensive stuff.
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Re: Painting worth it?

dont try and paint it yourself, that the worst comment i have ever heard
unless you have an ovenbake, pressurized air guns, and the most important, expieriance

firebos7 has wisdom

leave the paint get beaten
save a small amount of money every week, lets say 50$
get it done when it really needs 1

another thing you could do is get it professionaly polished
dont know what that costs in the states, over here it costs 200 euro,

any tires or dull looking paint will look like new, any light scratches will disapear
any deep scratches, they will fill in with touch up paint, when finished it will look like a new car
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Re: Painting worth it?

Hmm, professional polishing sounds like it would be a good idea. I'll take a picture of what recently started happening to some of my paint a little later on. Not sure but there is a chance that it is spreading pretty fast. Not sure anything but taking the individual panel off and having it painted is an option. Polishing does sound like a great option though for my other imperfections, lots of very light scratching (looks like someone with a studded belt was leaning against my car, very light and you can barely even see it). One scratch across the hood that bugs me (i'll take a pic). Let me know if you think polishing would help when I get the pictures up.
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Re: Painting worth it?

will do bud, i think what your saying is your clear coat is peeling
take good pics man, il tell you straight away

pm me to let me know their up
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Re: Painting worth it?

I was one who actually got a maaco paint job. I didn't get the cheap one, so my prelude actually came out pretty good. Mine was around the 1,000.00 mark.
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Re: Painting worth it?

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I was one who actually got a maaco paint job. I didn't get the cheap one, so my prelude actually came out pretty good. Mine was around the 1,000.00 mark.
it looks it too man.

i wouldnt go for the cheapest or most expensive painter either
id go with someone who knows what their doing
try and have a look at their work
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Re: Painting worth it?

Alright so here are the pics. The rest of the paint is cleaner than it looks. My car is pretty dirty but here are the two spots I was talking about. The other scratches are so minor you cant even get a pic of them.
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Re: Painting worth it?

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imho unless you've got money to spare

just go grab some touch up paint, fill in the spots (didn't look like they were rusting yet but hard to tell from the pics) so they don't rust and leave it
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Re: Painting worth it?

ok so bud

the hood scratch, is it deep, or is it smooth??
run your finger along the scratch, if there is no depth to it, it can be polished out
if there is depth, the only thing you can do is touch it up with touch up paint, when its polished up, you will notice it only if you look for it

the roof,
thats laquer peel, it happens over the sun, its why a regular wax is needed in hot climates
if that the only spot on the car, the polishers could sand it off
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Re: Painting worth it?

Okay, Funny thing is I waxed it...about 6 months ago and since it has been cold overcast weather. Hmmm, the cut is pretty deep and a small amount of rust is noticeable in it. Where do you get touch up paint and how is it applied?
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Okay, Funny thing is I waxed it...about 6 months ago and since it has been cold overcast weather. Hmmm, the cut is pretty deep and a small amount of rust is noticeable in it. Where do you get touch up paint and how is it applied?
you can get it from the dealer if you want the exact colour

auto stores might have generic paint.. not positive
it's applied with a small brush
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Re: Painting worth it?

So do you just buy the base coat paint or get touch up paint/ primer/ clear coat?
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it's just a little bottle of the paint

you'd have to find clear coat or primer somehwere else
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Re: Painting worth it?

So would you suggest using all 3 or save some money and just use the paint on a scratch?
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So would you suggest using all 3 or save some money and just use the paint on a scratch?
as long as there isn't any rust or you take care of it properly first

for now just the touch up paint should be fine for that one on the hood at least

a healthy coat of wax after it's had time to dry won't hurt either
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Re: Painting worth it?

since your car is black, you could get the hood painted, let it get wear for about a week, then get the polishers to t-cut the whole car

what that does is it takes good or fresh paint and transfers it to dull looking paint
im sure they could also tidy up the lauquer peel

other than thoose imperfections, the car is good right??
a hood spray should only cost 200$ the most, the polishers another 200$
the car will look, not new, but very close to it

then save 50$ a week, then get a full re-spray when you have it
its what i would do
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Re: Painting worth it?

A good paint job can be done for around 1500. And not a macco job. I work at a shop. It's not that bad. Even if you had the orange peel effect you can just wet sand it and buff it back out and it would look nice.
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Re: Painting worth it?

The rest of the car is in good condition yes. So the purpose of painting the hood would not be to simply paint it and get rid of the scratch but to compliment the whole process of polishing?
I do have a little body work that I would like to get done on my front right fender (a weird sort of dent that actually goes with the fender and is only noticeable at some angles), would it be better to just have the body work done on it and have them paint that fender rather then the hood and follow this with the polishing?

To the last post, I have yet to find a shop that would tell me under 3000 for an entire paint job.

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