Got the car back from Maaco and it looks good, not great but good. There are a few issues one with the hood, and a few spots here and there where I could have done better. Live and learn I guess. The hood was not Maaco’s fault but the fault of the PO, as they did a bad repair job. Overall I am happy with the outcome, but as with most projects I did learn a few things:
1. Either do all the body work yourself or hire who ever does you paint work to do it. That way the blame is squarely in one direction.
2. You really can see every little imperfection in the body after it is painted.
3. Don’t try to match factory colors on a old car, unless you really want original. Find some touchup paint you like the color of and have them match that. That way you always have touch up paint.
4. Pay to tow the car to and from the paint shop, if you can’t drive it that is. Don’t rent a trailer, the price difference is not worth it, I think I “saved” $20.00 but the damage cost me $140.00.
All in all I am glad I got the car painted, it looks so much better. Now I can enjoy driving the car around town. This weekend I will be taking it up to Redrock Canyon for some photos and will post them here.