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#84 of 93 Re: Maaco in NY [paisan]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 19, 2007 (10:32 am)
I could agree that a real expert with a spray gun can make cheap paint LOOK good when it goes on, but he can't make it last very well over time.
And as for prep work, that's pure human sweat. So unless you are paying some slaves $1 an hour, seems to me that you can't possibly prep a car adequately with spending a boatload on human labor.
#85 of 93 employment?
Feb 19, 2007 (3:06 pm)
Anyone have tips on how to get hired in a paint shop? I've got lots of spraying/fine finish experience in residential, but it seems that all the body shops only consider people with automotive experience. Is there a secret password or something?
#86 of 93 Re: employment? [az2]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 20, 2007 (12:15 pm)
You could try a truck accessory shop and get your foot in the door painting truck canopies to match. Then borrow the paint booth over a holiday and paint your own car something special - and then you can drive your resume around.
Dealers send a lot of pickup shells out for painting before delivery to the customer, so painting canopies may get you an in with a dealer, who may recommend you to their body shop friends.
And take donuts with you when you deliver the pickups back to the dealer.
#87 of 93 Re: employment? [az2]
Feb 20, 2007 (8:26 pm)
Not to insult you but this is apples and oranges. Spraying residential surfaces is nothing like painting a car. The idea is the same, but everything else is different. I will tell you that a great painter is one who can fix problems that happen during the paint job, before everything is cured and dry. I would consider taking some classes at a local tech school in order to get the fundmentals down and get some practice, otherwise I would be very suprised if someone gave you a chance with no experience. After all you have to consider how much money in material and labor time is lost if you would mess a job up and it would have to be re-done by another painter. Also prep work for cars is different. Many painters have specific likes/dislikes about how they want the prep work done. So again, if you're really interested take some classes at a tech school and try it out, who knows it might not be all you think it is.
#88 of 93 Advice needed
Apr 21, 2007 (8:36 pm)
I have a 1996 car with 158k miles that started peeling this winter. The top facing surfaces over most of the car have what look like deep scratches, and the surface eventually gets cracks and then flakes fall off. The trunk lid is really peeled and it's about to peel on the hood and roof in one corner of each. I found out the materials are over $200 just to fix the trunk and the rear quarters. I went to the dealer who sells these peeling cars and they offered a few % off a $4000 repaint. Then I looked at new cars and got offered 1500 trade for my '96 at two different places. The car gets parked near a chemical factory and the daily drive is through a windy and sandy highway. I looked at cheap repaints before I bought this car so I know how they ruin a car when they don't tape off the black molding around glass, etc. One friend said to just take off the trunk lid and use a spray can. I will turn 200k mi on this car in less than 2 years en route to driving it into the ground, so is that OK advice? For as long as I park near those chemical plants that make antifreeze, while at work, should I not bring my best cars? Can the driving through clouds of sand kicked up in front of me at 65 mph for 25 miles a day be harmful to my paint? Most of the scratches run from front to back direction on the car, but the trunk is the place with the worst peeling. Before this past winter, the paint was fine.
#89 of 93 new body kit for my car
Jan 24, 2007 (2:31 pm)
#91 of 93 Looking for a body kit?***Warning***
Dec 06, 2007 (7:52 pm)
I recently had to replace my damaged Sarona bumper for my '04 Nissan Maxima.
I purchased one online from KGS Engineering and had it installed by a good customizing shop.I was better off with the damaged Sarona bumper on it!
The purchased bumper was molded shoddily and taken out of the mold too soon and left to warp..it is a piece of junk.DO NOT BUY ANY PRODUCTS FROM
KGS Engineering!I learned this too late.I made two mistakes.(1) I thought I was dealing with a company that would deliver a quality product(2) I thought I was dealing with a company that would stand behind what they sold!
#93 of 93 What's a durable chrome trim
May 05, 2012 (1:10 pm)
I'm looking for a 1/4 inch (high) chrome trim that can be easily cut to size and applied to a flat surface just above the front grill.
Any recommendations for a product for this use? There's a couple of flexible vinyle / mylar trim in the market. Are they any good?
It needs to be durable enough to last four or five years under the hot sun and not easily fade or fall off.