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08-05-2011, 01:32 PM
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Best place to get car paint/painted

I have an older 95 Corolla. I love the car, it probably has minimum 5 years left/
But it's getting cracked and rusted due to neglect from being left in the weather for almost a whole year, and me not waxing it =(.

Where is the best place to get a car completely painted? Anyone try Maaco? I don't want the cheapest paint but I don't want to spend to much as it is a Corolla not a Porsche.

Or if it will be too expensive.. Where is the best place to get paint mixed(color code 923)?

Thanks for your help fellow Oilers fans =)

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Getting your car painted could possibly cost more then what its currently worth.

Why bother?

Go to Canadian Tire and pick up a few cans of paint and do some touchups. If theres severe rusting a paintjob is only going to be a temp fix anyway.

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I have an older 95 Corolla. I love the car, it probably has minimum 5 years left/
But it's getting cracked and rusted due to neglect from being left in the weather for almost a whole year, and me not waxing it =(.

Where is the best place to get a car completely painted? Anyone try Maaco? I don't want the cheapest paint but I don't want to spend to much as it is a Corolla not a Porsche.

Or if it will be too expensive.. Where is the best place to get paint mixed(color code 923)?

Thanks for your help fellow Oilers fans =)
If you are willing to DIY...go to Desro and rent the paint booth...I think its 35$ a day or something...don't remember...unless its 35$ an hour

Midtown is pretty cheap in price...I got mine painted there. Maaco is hit or miss it seems since a lot of the people that work there are high school drop outs I've heard

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08-06-2011, 12:16 AM
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Getting your car painted could possibly cost more then what its currently worth.

Why bother?

Go to Canadian Tire and pick up a few cans of paint and do some touchups. If theres severe rusting a paintjob is only going to be a temp fix anyway.
I agree with the first part.

Butttt Canadian Tire does not carry my paint or anything close to it =(.

It's only slight rusting that needs sanding.

And thanks frag2 I'll check out Desro and see how Midtown's pricing is.

Anyone else know shops that mix paint?

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08-06-2011, 12:20 AM
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Maaco is great if you do the pre paint work yourself. The sanding and priming, etc. The difference in a good and bad paint job is all about the preparation work.

Otherwise they just throw a coat of paint over your old one.

I'm with replacement though, i wouldn't put any significant amount of money into a car that old, especially if its rusting.

That rust will become a serious problem sooner rather than later, and the paint will only make it harder for you to notice and prevent.

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I see no point in repainting a 95 corolla, but if you are absolutely dead set on it and wish to go the DIY route so you don't end up paying more than the car is worth (If you know someone who can paint, etc.) I recommend contacting Endura Coatings in Edmonton. For the small amount you would need to paint a small car, the cost would be fairly reasonable. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, non-industrial customers are limited to waterborne paints (and this includes car and body shops), rather than solvent borne. They are more difficult to paint, but if you know someone who knows how to apply it, it would still look great. Although I'm still in favour of buying a new car if you can and avoiding all this hassle.

edit: Just wanted to reiterate what hopelessoil said- your prep work is the MOST important part of any paint job. Your arm may fall off from all the sanding, but it makes all the difference.

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