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Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by HonCiv99, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. HonCiv99

    HonCiv99 EK Swappa

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    What should a decent full body paint job cost? Maaco says about $2000 for the mid-grade paint with clear coat and some body prep.
     
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    sounds about right.... a decent decent job will cost $4-5k
     
  3. HonCiv99

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    Would you trust Maaco tho? I have heard some horror stories with them, like overspray, paint chipping, bad prep, etc.
     
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    my dad's a cheapskate and goes to maaco and tolerates all of the above. add clear coat bubbling and peeling off to the pile too.
     
  5. HonCiv99

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    No Bueno...Well with the way my budget is looking right now, prob gonna have to go with the Maaco Brako job.
     
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    Maaco = FAIL.

    DIY, its not that hard. Even if you spray the car outside with winds gusting to 100+mph and a plaque of locusts dies and falls into your paint, it will still look better than Maaco.
     
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    yes my neighbor used maco, cost him 800 bucks

    spray pint would look beter
     
  8. HonCiv99

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    Yea I would if I had the equipment, time, and place to do it.
     
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    Time = Money. If you can afford to pay someone to do it, you can more than likely do it yourself for cheaper. Look at how well Matt's paint job turned out. You could have a paint job that looked 1/5 as good as his and still have a better paint job than Maaco.
     
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    True true...Idk we'll see I wanna do the suspension first so maybe after that I look in to getting the equipment and doing it myself ^_^
     
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    Good man. Just think, if it's something you really get into you might be able to start doing paint jobs for other people.
     
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    Hit up the local dealerships bodyshops... or ask the service folk who does their touch up paint and they will have a friend that can do it if they cant them self.
     
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    Yea the guy thats helping me do my swap says he might be able to hook it up, we'll see.
     
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    Here's my advice:

    Do the prep work yourself.

    Strip the car down, sand it, get it ready. You don't need a garage to do that. Just don't get it down to bare metal.

    Get it flat. Buy your supplies, take it to someone, have em spray it.

    Tell them to lay 3 coats or so of clear on it so you can cut/buff it.

    Cut and buff it in the driveway/street and enjoy.
     
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    yea but that still kinda leaves alittle bit for him to do some work my need wet-sanding and if he hasnt buffed before its not the best idea to do on new paint especially if its going to be a dark color, swirl marks and burnt edges arnt pretty
     
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    You gotta learn sometime.
     
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    good call bro.... hitting up car dealership bodyshops, particularly if you can just go talk to the painter directly is a good idea. these guys generally do good work, and in my experience many painters do side work. i worked at car dealerships for years and there were some awesome painters there. i had them do some work on my own cars and it came out flawless for real cheap.
     
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    Here is a better idea and what I did. I took my civic to the local Tech School which had a collision repair degree at it. It cost me 475.00 ish in materials/paint and they didn't/couldn't charge labor. I got it back about a month later with 30+ dents pulled out and completely repainted and it looked pretty darn good due to it was a grade for them and the school would not let it out the door with crappy work.
     
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    Eh, buffing is easy to grasp. You keep the speed down, and don't stay on a particular area for too long.

    Wetsanding is self-explanatory.
     
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