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Old 09-08-2019, 12:17 PM
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Am I paying too much for paint?

I went to Maaco to get a quote for paint repair and I'm not sure if I'm paying too much.

My front bumper has dozens of small rock chips with the majority smaller than a few millimeters, and 3 chips about 1.5 cm large. I also have a very deep scratch right next to the door handle and a 2 inch long gap of paint near the driver side skirt in the back wheel .

I also have a minor dent right along the body line of the hood that I figured I'd try and get fixed.

After having the lady run all the numbers it came out at $1800 but she reduced it to $1550 by reducing some of the hours in labor. Apparently to fix all the chips on the bumper they have to remove it, including all of the sensors which is where most of the money in labor is going. They also need to take apart the door to fix the scratch from that side. Is the price too steep?

See the pictures for yourself. I added the quote as well.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:50 PM
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I would attempt dr color chip first before spending big bucks.


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Old 09-11-2019, 07:11 AM
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Prices vary by location, but here in the Wash DC area refinishing the front bumper to like new by one of the best shops in the area (NOT Maaco!) will run $700-1000. The hood dent can probably be fixed with paintless dent repair for ~$250. Not sure of touch-up to the door or side skirt costs.
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Old 09-17-2019, 08:53 AM
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"I would attempt dr color chip first before spending big bucks. "


I second Dr Color chip. Save yourself the money on the bumper and do it yourself. Unless you are going to put some sort of clear bra on it, the bumper will be in the same state again, so why spend all that money on it? Once you see how Dr Color chip works, you might just want to do the other spots too. Good Luck
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:27 AM
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Double whammy: Spend $1550 to have work done that devalues the car. The bumper has already been refinished once. Take the car to a detail shop and have them/their guy touch it up, or try it yourself.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:54 PM
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Jiffy Lube is to paint as MAACO is to oil
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:49 PM
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Am I paying too much for paint?

I agree thatís too much.

I second that the hood looks like it could be paintless dent removal, couple hundred bucks tops.

Have you tried a paint pen? I bet you could clean up a lot of those marks pretty decently.


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imho, i would rather try my luck with a can of krylon and a blindfold before using maaco

pdr and a mobile touch up guy can probably fix that up to almost new. and my guess would be for a few hundred. check with a good local detailer who they use for touchups
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imho, i would rather try my luck with a can of krylon and a blindfold before using maaco

pdr and a mobile touch up guy can probably fix that up to almost new. and my guess would be for a few hundred. check with a good local detailer who they use for touchups
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:53 AM
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Jiffy Lube is to paint as MAACO is to oil
So true. I've never heard anyone who was happy with the results after Maaco. My parents had a car repainted by them ages ago and it was a disaster.

If you don't do your own touch up work with Dr. Color Chip, etc, I'd go to a reputable local body shop or detailer.
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