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Maaco tales - long (archive)

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Posted by NBG on April 27, 2000 at 06:43:28:

In Reply to: Maaco job, or rust? posted by Manny on April 26, 2000 at 16:54:59:

The first car I rebuilt was a fiat spider, rusted beond all recognition. I did all of the body work, literally 6 months of work at about 15 hours a week. Took forever. Took the car to a Maaco near me (in frazier/exton, PA, across from Eastwood) and paid them a bit to just go over all of the body work I did. It's been two years now. The car is not "show quality" by any means, but it is very presentable, and the flip side was massive rust. I ten footer.

Some Maacos are good, some aren't. My experience was quite good. You know, these guys spray paint constantly, in a higher volume than you can imagine. They know how to put paint on and make it look okay. But body work? I don't think i'd trust them except to feather out some edges.

The really telling point of all of this is that the car has since received some very minor dings (you think door stops in 2002s are a pain - let me tell you they are terrific compared to the fiat "doesn't work well even when new" version. The paint even in these dinged areas stayed adhered well. That's very positive. Highly flexible paint is not exactly an easy thing to create with good shine.

Long and short, if no one buys the 73 project car I'm selling, it'll go to the same Maaco and for 300 bucks will become a BRIGHT yellow bumblebee.


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