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NO, not MAACO! Need Paint&Body recommends in Ft Laud, FL area...?


fixizin

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A properly suspensioned Ranger can be safely airborne for up to 4 seconds at a time! =:O
Time to put some resources into my trusty steed... only 78k original miles on a '99?... oh yeah, she's worth preserving.

But, in my many decades on Terra, I've never known a single soul who was smiling and using clean language after picking up a vehicle from MAACO... but damn, they do spend on advertising. All the first-hand recommendations from my classic car buds turn out to be retired, drunk, never return calls, or all of the above...

... so, who do YOU know is good in the Ft. Laud/Pompano Beach area?

Thanks in advance.
 


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I can find out who my father in law used to repaint his MR2. I haven’t seen it, but supposedly they did a “very good” job. (And I can tell you my “Karen” mother in law wouldn’t accept a bad job.)He’s on the other side of the state in Naples.
 

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The thing about Maaco is, being corporate.. They care about customer service.

If something isn't "up to snuff" with the work they did, they'll do it over and over and over again until your happy with it. Corporate really pressures individual branches to make their customers happy.

Someone I knew went with their 500$ package, and that was his experience. Had panels resprayed 2 or 3 times because of runs. Eventually all was well.

One thing that always comes up though, is the reccomendation that you do your own prep work when using Maaco.
 

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Whomever I go with, I'll "audition" them with my perfectly flat Gemtop GT Classic decklid... if they can't get that right, I won't let them near the complex curves of my door and quarter panel...

PS: Thanks snoranger, but Naples a bit far to trek for Ye Olde Ranger
 

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I spent a few years shooting paint. Maaco's quarterly specail, used to be $399, now $599 isn't bad if the "optional" clearcoat service for $259 extra is added.

The other item to consider is that their "specail" includes 2 hours of body work. Well...that is just enough time to do a chemical etching, so, do the body work and scuff sanding 1st, yourself. Then, their deal is HARD to beat vs $5k and up for decent paint and labor.

If you really want a great, cheap job, it doesn't come that way but the painters at The Maaco are good. Bring them the good stuff, like your colors in Dupont Emron and pay for the specail price job. Dupont Emron, even without clear is some serious BADASK paint!!! and your welcome, because I wouldn't know that without years of Specailized training, a give a crap attitude and an obcesive need for improvement.
 

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Or just call “Gator Pete’s auto painting, hair salon and kitchen supplies” on Lakeland Rd, about 27.354 miles outside of town.
 

fixizin

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A properly suspensioned Ranger can be safely airborne for up to 4 seconds at a time! =:O
@gaz thanks for the inside skinny on MAACO... as far as "chemical etching", is that something stronger than "reducer"?... I assume that whatever it is, it helps the new paint adhere to the old...? Anyway, not really looking forward to doing my own Bondo work--could get ugly, with a lot flat spots where there should be smooth curves, lol.

RE: DuPont Imron, IIRC that's some seriously spendy aircraft paint... Seems the FoMoCo factory paint lasted almost 20 years, with hardly any waxing, so probably just go with that, matching color-code, etc... may just have the hood and roof (sun-damaged) painted... oh yeah, THAT will work (not). Some peeps just coat the whole truck with bedliner, but that's not cheap, and I bet it's hot as HELL here in Duh Sunbelt...

... perhaps a few rattlecans, and I'll re-create one of those radical angular camoflauge schemes the US Navy used on large ships in WW2... always a hit with the ladies.
 


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