In Reply to: Go for Maaco and you'll be fine (more) posted by Mike Holbrook on April 27, 2000 at 00:01:51:
Good points, all.
The above pic was my '74tii the day I bought it. The red marks are ink bleed-through from the back. Point is, though, the paint didn't look all that bad - and was two years old at this point. Paint match-up wasn't that bad, it was supposed to be Fjord. Too much blue, not enough silver, if you ask me.
Anyway As far as driver quality paint jobs, I completely agree. Hell, it's "only" 600 bucks. However, word to the wise: If it's anything other than slapping cheap paint on, steer clear. Like I said, the PO had the above car Maaco-ed. He not only removed all the trim himself, but he also had them "fix" some rust around the sunroof, typical fender rust lines, and the windshield. He opted for their "premium" package and ended up spending something along the lines of $1000 (!)
When I bought the car it had ONE bubble down near the door jamb on the driver's side fender. The paint was two years old at this point. In the space of a year of all-weather (and yeah, I mean ALL weather, sadly enough) driving, that fender went to pot. A straight line from the bottom to the top of bubbles that just wouldn't go away, and eventually burst. The passenger side also started to disintegrate.
However, the car looked damn good from ten feet (and sometimes even closer) for what was essentially a $600 coat or two of paint with another $400 worth of rust repair. The other spots repaired never did come back.
Mind you, I wouldn't take my car there on a bet...but if I was desperate and needed to get something on the car QUICK and CHEAP and DIRTY, then go for it. Otherwise, save your cash and treat the car right.
I was just about to get it repainted when the crazy SOB in the Crown Vic totaled it...
Just my humble opinion.
If you want, you can see more pictures of the tii at the link below. There's one at the bottom of the first page and the rest can be found at the link in the sidebar "speaking of a k-fisch..."