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To Jake: Wow, sorry to hear about the scam that dude was playing. I hope you can get your ride back together. Or get away with fire-bombing his house. Hey, you could make an anonymous phone call to the police saying he's running a meth lab in his house :) Others: Well, after all the body work done to my baby and living with a Battleship Grey car for so long I decided to get her painted. I established my goals: A "candy coating" to protect the body from water; looks decent from 20' or further; a color that works with the car, and; nothing expensive since the paint job is temporary. Maaco. They were having a 1/2-off sale and I got their $500 job for $250. I removed my ragtop, windshield wipers (painted orange separately) and lighting. This made prep for them easier and allowed the paint to overspray into the holes and pockets for a "wrap-around" paint job. All they had to do was light sanding, mask off the glass and hole in the roof, and squirt away! For $250 it turned out okay. You get what you pay for so I wasn't expecting much but she does look much better, as long as you are standing 10' or further away :) I stayed with the stock Bright Orange since my interior is already that color -- they matched the color using the paint on the top, inside of my door. If you remove your lights remember to tape the metal connectors so paint won't get on them, label them so you know where to reconnect them and tuck them out of the way or wrapped in a sandwich baggie to keep paint from covering your labels. Anything extra you do to help the prep work will help them. I was without my car for three days. Though they pop it in an oven to help cure the paint I recommend you still be VERY careful around the paint for at least a week so it will fully harden. Toby Erkson firstname.lastname@example.org <-- Please use this address for email '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L, Berg five-speed '75 Porsche 914 1.8L, ORPCA member Portland, Oregon, http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/8501/ >-----Original Message----- > Has anyone had their Type 3 painted at Maaco?? Do they do a >good job on >their >"value prep"?? I am assuming NO , so I am trying to do all the >paint prep >myself. >Just want to know how the paint job will come out after all >this fun work.