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Its time to paint the Tbird, and I've decided I'm going with Maaco. I know some people have had bad experiences with them, but I got several estimates, and Maaco wants $1400 compared to $2800 - $3200 from other independent body shops.

I took a look at some of the work they had finished (there happened to be a '95 bird in the parking lot) and it looked pretty good. I've learned you usually get what you pay for, but I just couldn't see paying $3K for paint for a 1994 car that's probably worth about the same.

I'm dropping it off this Saturday and should be done by the next Saturday. I will post the results and my comments and hope it will help anyone contemplating a Maaco job.
 

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Well I think the main problem with them is that they tape off around trim and such...it should really be removed completely so that the edge of the paint is protected once the trim is reinstalled. If you can remove it yourself real quick, that should help.

What color(s) are you getting?
 

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I agree. The more prep work you can do on your own, the better it will be. Remove headlights, trim, whatever.
Rob
 

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About removing the headlights...is it legal to drive (even during the day) with no headlights?

Also the trim...what pieces should be removed? I assume the ones over the windshield and the rear window, other than that not too sure, and not sure how to get the ones I mentioned off anyway. And I have the Xenon ground fx, I guess it would be better if I take that off too? Honestly I'm a little scared about what I might find under there, and about putting it back on properly.

Thanks for the advice!

BTW I'm keeping it the same color, the Royal Blue (paint code KM, which is odd b/c this site only lists KM under 1996 in the tech articles section)
 

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I think that trim just pries off of there, you could always swing by a body shop and ask them to show/explain how and what needs to come off.
 

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Paint is done!

Maaco had to keep the car a few extra days because they scrwed up something with the tape and had to repaint something...anyway they had it 9 days and I got it back yesterday. Its been rainy here so I haven't had a chance to inspect it super close yet or take any pictures, but from what I've seen so far it looks pretty good.

On the negative side, there is one small spot of overspray at the top of the black piece on the door between the two windows on the passenger side. Which, coincidentally, I had asked them to repaint in black for me but they neglected to do so. Maybe adding the second color was too complicated for them :confused: Also there are a few small scratches on the front of the hood which sucks b/c I don't know if I want to go through the hassle of bringing it back and having them fix something so small.

On the positive side, I was charged exactly what the guy wrote up the estimate for. From what I've seen the work itself looks pretty good, not perfectly smooth, there is some slight orange peel effect in some places, but you really have to get close and look to see it. The ground effects look great, so nice seeing them without paint peeling off!

Overall, definitely worth going with Maaco and saving $1500, especially since this is my everyday car. I'll post pics as soon as i clean the yellow headlights and we get a nice day here. :D

Hope this is of some use to someone.
 
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