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i got a reg cab truck its green and i want it to stay that way. sadly the paint has screwed up. how are makes jobs on trucks and what do they set up back. i did all the body work i.e. fixed rust spots fixed dents and primed so spots
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no ones used maaco
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I have known some body guys who do all the body work and disassemble ie; door handles, mouldings on so on and make a deal with the local Maaco and get a good paint job.It's all in what you expect from these franchises,they are all not the same.You can get a base coat, clear coat[two stage] for around 500 bucks,exterior only.You do all the preperation and disassembly.The preping and masking is usually the weak spot on all paint work,and of course the quality of the finishes YOU choose should be considered

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i started talking to my buddy about it and he told me he knows the owner of a maaco so he could maybe have the trucks importance pushed so i get a better job
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As Chop said, Ive had good luck with them if you do all the prep work. We pulled all the door handles, lights everything. Then gave it a good blocking. They are more likely to do a better paint job if they have less to mask off. Then we trailered it there. I think it came out great for what it was.

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All I have ever heard about maaco is bad. Though I have never dealt with them

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im starting the prep work tonight should go easy only two dents and one tiny spot of rust. but i should strip the truck down
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i work for a restoration shop...let me just say this, if they do it for 500 then their gonna make at least half that in labor. that being said...250 for paint is on the lower end of quality materials. We use a clear coat that is expected to be durable for 2 yrs on average (no pealing,cracking or fading) on the car lot cars that we do. (they want it cheap as possible) That clear is almost 100 a gallon including hardner. Most economy base coats are 120 to 150 a gallon. I guess i'm trying to say...just be aware that they use economy products that are not gonna last as long as most people expect them to. Also, as far as i know (unless they have changed) they do not give any kind of waranty. On the other hand if your like me and use the tk then your not looking for show room quality.

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from the people i know, it looks good for about 2 years then it will go down hill quick.
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I think its all in the employee doing the task at the time. I have seen complete hack jobs from maaco(which is the usual) and I have seen one certain maaco shop that has a damn good painter on hand that turns out great products. But again, you have to question the paint/clear coat quality that is used by maaco.

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