Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: St Louis
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Re: Macco Paint
The paintjobs that come from Macco are only as good as the painter doing them. Here in the St Louis area there are several shops around here and more than 50% have sucky painters. One thing to keep in mind..............you have a better chance of getting a good job if the color is a solid. Single stage paint jobs in solid colors are easier to do than metalics. When painting a solid you only have to work on the gloss, when painting metalics you have to worry about gloss and keeping the metalic from swimming around and modling(splotchy) in the paint. Removing trim and other stuff is a GREAT idea, I have seen jobs that looked like Helen Keller masked it up. Adding clearcoat to the paint is called "cocktailing" and is kinda useless. Clearcoat is used for UV protection and to keep the basecoat from oxidizing from the weather. Also it is virtually impossible to sand and buff a single stage metalic because you are sanding the paint and not the clearcoat, it also messes with the metalic. That $250 paintjob doesn't include rust work or bodywork. Most Macco's in this area use Sherwin Williams paint..........um........doesn't that go on houses....hehehe. It is easy for me to kinda snub my nose at Macco because I have been a paint/bodyman/frameman for about 15 years. If I didn't have painting skills, then I might have tried them in the past, but thank God I can paint.
P.S. The red Toyo looks good, you're one of the lucky ones, the painter knew what he was doing.