Maaco Compliment - Really nice Job. - Paint Job on 1992 Yellow Miata
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I'll be honest, I would have never considered taking my wife's prize Miata to Maaco for a paint job. I've read to many things about the company in general and many horror stories. However, my mechanic suggested them. He had a couple of his personal cars painted there and was happy.
I really liked the people at the Ocala, FL Maaco shop when I stopped by. Todd showed me a couple jobs they had just finished and they looked pretty good.
I dropped the car off and went on vacation. We returned to find my wife's car looking like new. We just ordered the basic prep and tape. They didn't remove any headlights or door handles or anything and the tape job was really nice.
I got the paint level one level down for two stage, and it looks super. Is it absolutely perfect? of course not, that's not possible but you really have to look for the few tiny tape mistakes.
Here's the reality, If you want an absolutely perfect paint job you have pay big money to have the car disassembled meaning lights removed, trim removed, door handles, locks, etc. It's time consuming and expensive. We paid under a $1000 and got a job worth twice as much. They really went out of their way to not only paint the car but repaint all the flat black painted areas, windshield wiper arms, etc. I didn't expect that.
I think Maaco's are independently owned franchises so the quality of work obviously varies from place to place and state to state. The best thing you can do is go by your Maaco, talk to them and by all means look at something they are currently working on. Check out the tape job, look at the paint in good light, see if it's a job you'd be proud to drive around in.
I was pleasantly surprised here in Ocala, FL.