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So the hood on my NG has peeling clear-coat in the corner. A few other spots have popped up recently. Well today I go to use a compound cleaner while detailing the car, Turtle Wax rubbing compound. I try it on a small area, looks great, no paint comes off with my rag, looks to be clear-coat and finish safe like it says. I go to tape off an area on my hood, like it says so you can compare the compound vs no compound. I apply, wipe off, and then remove the tape. Guess the first word that came out of my mouth when I realized the tape REMOVED MY CLEAR COAT. Now I have 2 lines of no clear-coat on my hood! And yes, I have tested the tape on my paint before, I painted all my trim with the same automotive tape and it NEVER ruined the paint, my hood is just soft.

It looks like utter shit to say the least.

Now I have to weigh my options. Should I remove the hood, strip the paint and prime/paint the hood? Or should I spring for a full paint-job for the entire car (respray)? I am fond of the car color now (eucalyptus green) so a full respray would be nice.

Does anyone know how much it would cost to get a respray? I don't really wanna do a Maaco job as it always comes out shitty I hear, but how can you butcher a respray?

Opinions would be appreciated, I will post pictures of the damage tonight, but for now I am off to put on my ARB to make me feel better about this car.
 

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That blows. I hear that a really good paint job for a whole car (done right not maaco) is a couple grand.
 

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I would think you could get the hood done for a couple hundred. For the whole car i would agree that a good shop would charge a couple grand.
 

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Vinyl wrap it! Or atleast that's what I did to my green ng900 except I vinyled the roof and hood black.
 

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That blows. I hear that a really good paint job for a whole car (done right not maaco) is a couple grand.
Yeah I figured a couple grand, don't really wanna shell out that type of cash :( The whole car is pretty rough, scratches marks exct. I could probably do the hood myself, as I could get that into a clean place and remove paint / prime / paint / clearcoat it. I just cannot do the whole car myself.

As for vinyl wrapping... I COULD and my dad instantly was like, "paint it black", but like I said, the rest of the car is pretty rough.

Chevyman, are you doing your paint job yourself? How did maaco do when it came to underspray/overspray of the engine compartment and door jams exct? I would imagine not too great.
 

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My dad did a lot of the bodywork and I sprayed the car. The car used to be green, and it is a lot more work to change the color than just a re-spray.

I'm not sure who painted it before because it was done before I bought it. The paint they used was turning purple on the hood and roof. There were some spots on trim and moldings where they did a bad job taping off, or just didn't tape it off at all. It was starting to peel some places as well. They got the jams and rad support decent, but there were fisheyes in some spots, so they didn't do a very good prep job I assume.

Im pretty sure that macco can do a decent job spraying the paint, they just half-a** the prep work.
 

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The maaco job that was done on my car before I got it was very poor. they didnt match the original color and if they taped off you would never know. They also never took off the spoiler trim and the door jams are the original color. Try to avoid them if you can.
 

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The maaco job that was done on my car before I got it was very poor. they didnt match the original color and if they taped off you would never know. They also never took off the spoiler trim and the door jams are the original color. Try to avoid them if you can.
I have heard the same thing about the prep work being subpar. I feel if someone sanded the car really good, then adhesion problems would be fine even for maaco.

I may just paint the car myself. Being that is only a respray, I should be able to do it. My dad is 100% confident he can do the whole car, he is always confident he can do anything related to a car, however.
 

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The maaco job that was done on my car before I got it was very poor. they didnt match the original color and if they taped off you would never know. They also never took off the spoiler trim and the door jams are the original color. Try to avoid them if you can.
There are a FEW good MAACO's out there - I know for certain here in Montgomeryville PA there is one located @ "Five Points" which is known for very good work. Again - the prep work is where it counts. Any idiot with some practice can paint a car and have it look decent. It's in the prep which makes the difference. If I ever had the funds to get a car repainted I would do most of the prep work if not all myself - and take it to this location. I would prep it myself to save the money for the paint and the harder prep work I would not be able to do myself.
 

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Oh shit dude!

You could try to wet sand the whole area and buff. But you will have to keep up with the buffing because it will fade.
 

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My mother had the local Maaco paint her Del Sol. Definitely had some overspray here and there, but on the whole it looks "decent". Whole job cost less than I could buy the materials that my normal painter sprays. That was 3 years ago and the car still looks good. Hers also had no rust, just faded paint so the prep. was minimal
 
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