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greenl3vf

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87 Diplomat repaint
« on: December 24, 2016, 06:23:07 »

just did a maaco repaint
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2016, 17:56:11 »

Looks clean! Admittedly not my favorite color combo but I love that it's a different style from everything you see out there.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 10:36:26 »

Maco gets a bad rap, but for the money, I think they do a nice job.  Anything looks better freshened up.

It looks great, and I like the color.  It looks like a color from the 77 Mopar pallet.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 08:18:20 »

Curious to see how long it lasts. I've heard that maaco looks good from far away and doesn't last very long. But I got quoted $5k at a professional place, so I wonder if it's worth the price difference.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 08:22:05 »

The problem is most Maaco locations can spray a car pretty well.  The reasons the paint jobs don't look good or don't last:
* One of the biggest expenses of a paint job is the time spent in prep work.  Most people that go to these places don't spend the money needed for proper preparation before the paint is sprayed.
* Another expense is the cost of materials.  Expect to spend more to use the good stuff.
If you go in for the bargain price, you won't get proper preparation or quality paint sprayed on your car.  If you do it the right way, it won't be an inexpensive paint job any longer.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 11:17:19 »

Looks nice.....


And I had a truck painted by Maaco. It lasted well enough, but was soft for while longer than "normal" single stage paint should be as I went with prep package, but the cheap paint. I had everything pulled off and put it all back myself. Traded the truck off 4 years later and it still looked good, but the value was in the diesel engine that was in it.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2016, 19:38:47 »

Other recent maaco paint jobs, very happy so far
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1983 5Th Ave, 188,500 miles / Navy Blue
1984 Gran Fury, 42,000 miles/ Gold w Lt Tan Vinyl Top
1984 Gran Fury,  398,700 miles as of 05/13/2009  /Gold
1984 Diplomat, 35,000 miles  /White w Red Vinyl Top
1985 Gran Fury, 295,500 miles/ Lt Blue
1985 Diplomat, 114,500miles/  Blue/Gray
1986 Gran Fury, 18,020 miles / Blue/Gray
1986 Gran Fury, 129,000 miles/Lt Blue w Dk Blue Vinyl Top
1986 5th Ave., 32,500 miles, Navy Blue
1987 5Th Ave,  116,800miles/ Bronw
1987 5TH Ave, 138,000 miles, Parts car
1987 Gran Fury, 92,000 miles Lt Blue/w Silver vinyl tp
1987 Diplomat  54,500 miles, Lt Blue/w blue yinyl tp
1988 Diplomat, 49650 miles/Brown w Pewter Top
1994 Chevy Caprice Wagon, 22,300 miles

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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2016, 08:16:31 »

The problem is most Maaco locations can spray a car pretty well.  The reasons the paint jobs don't look good or don't last:
* One of the biggest expenses of a paint job is the time spent in prep work.  Most people that go to these places don't spend the money needed for proper preparation before the paint is sprayed.
* Another expense is the cost of materials.  Expect to spend more to use the good stuff.
If you go in for the bargain price, you won't get proper preparation or quality paint sprayed on your car.  If you do it the right way, it won't be an inexpensive paint job any longer.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 14:38:03 »

It seems to depend on which Maaco you go to, the one that painted mine just did a quick wet sand on the body and just painted over that...right now the paint falls off if you look at it wrong...many people I've talked to have had the same thing happen
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2017, 07:19:57 »

The Maaco jobs on my 76 and EH car stood up fine, but they were show cars, not daily drivers and cost me well over $4k each with body work.
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Re: 87 Diplomat repaint
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2017, 23:32:01 »

It seems to depend on which Maaco you go to, the one that painted mine just did a quick wet sand on the body and just painted over that...right now the paint falls off if you look at it wrong...many people I've talked to have had the same thing happen
Agreed Dan. I had a very decent one, and I had a crappy as could be one from different location.
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