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I despeately need my 1994 Thunderbird repainted, the guy I bought it from took bad care of the exterior. The roof was "oxidized" down to the primer. I spray painted it for the winter and now I need to repaint it. I want to paint the whole car. I am 17 and have about 800 bucks for paint. Is MAACO worth the money I want it to last at least 5 years. I am even going to "slip" them a few bucks if they do a good job. I'll tell them before hand 50 bucks each is waiting if a good job is done. I am very good with the care of my vehicle in my opinion. I wax at LEAST once a month.


Also I am wondering what a stock 1994 Thunderbird with a 4.6L (rmoved air silencer) will do in the quarter Mile.
 

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I had the same problem...

My car started the white flakes on the roof, then it spread to the deck lid and finally on the hood. The car was taken down to the metal and properly repainted from bumper to bumper minus the door jams and such. Same color as the factory, Metallic Red clearcoat (EG).

The cost was just shy of $2k. It was done by a professional who took the time to take all the lights off, the trim, the mirrors and such and paint everything will care. Once it was finished, a few weeks later I had the car wet sanded and it looks great. I'm very pleased with the job.

Maaco can never do the same qaulity paint job for that cheap. It will look decent and last 5 years or more, but expect painted exhaust, overspray on the suspension parts and wheel wells and all that annoying jazz. It's your choice. I've seen many Maaco jobs and I'm not impressed by the work or the paint finish. Some of them look decent, but not car show qaulity by any means. Perhaps your Maaco differs.

Good luck,

A-Train
 

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i hear ya on the whole MAACO trip. a friend of mine had a car painted there and the paint lasted about 3 months before it just started peeling off. it was almost like those commercial for wood finish remover. you could just set a hose on the car and watch the paint flake off. if you absolutely have to bring it there, do all of the prep work yourself, otherwise find someone else. they are good if you need to sell a car or if you are just fixing up something for a kid that just got his license, but not for anyone that loves their car and plans on keeping it.


also, monthly waxing may not be the best thing for your cars paint.
 

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I needed my Lumina painted, I did all the prep work (removing lights, trim, etc) and it knocked $500 off the price. Might be something to ask a good shop (NOT MAACO!).
 

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Ask around. Paint is all about prep and materials.
Poor prep = poor paintjob.
Materials. Paint a solid if you have a 3 stage paint or a tinted clear type color. Get rid of all the other processes and you can reduce materials cost.

Talk to hotrodders. There are lots of little shops out there that can work with you on stuff. Most you won't always find in the phone book.

Tackle it yourself. Count on your materials costing $500 if you go with a base/clear system.
 

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1994 4.6 1/4 mile time

With removed air silencer, and gutted cats which was just recently discovered, I ran a 15.9 @ 88 with a 94 4.6 with 117,000 on it.
 
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I had one of those 'best' paint job quotes on my 95 and it ended being a little less than $1,000. I decided not to go that route anyway. I know someone that will completely (everything) repaint my bird for $2800 and that is show quality. Maaco is not a good deal. I can tell that my 97 was painted by a maaco type place before it was sold to me simply because the paint looks too new to be factory and its all spider cracked on the bottom of the doors and panels. The paint might last for 5 years but it won't look anywhere the way you want it to.
 
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