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PostSubject: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:23 am

just got my car painted and wanted to share some pics. got it done at Maaco, it has some imperfections, but not bad for $900. i just want to figure out what to do for the trim around the wood, it looks horrible now. i was thinking about painting it dark brown, anything anybody can suggest?

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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:09 pm

Looks great! How much did it Maaco charge you? Is it worth the price? Also, I love those wheels!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:08 pm

Thanks! It was $900, totally worth it. It won't win any car shows, but it looks a lot better than it did.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:10 pm

fixitman333 wrote:
Thanks! It was $900, totally worth it. It won't win any car shows, but it looks a lot better than it did.
That's awesome! When I buy my wagon I might give Maaco a try then. When I get my Roadmaster I think I might paint it orange because orange is my favorite color. I do know I want to leave the wood on the car for sure. Do they do wheel painting too?
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:47 pm

Not sure, but I bet they would paint anything for the right price.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:02 pm

fixitman333 wrote:
Not sure, but I bet they would paint anything for the right price.
yeah, I guess with enough money anything is possible Wink
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:45 pm

I like the color,.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:41 pm

That color is very very nice.

You can strip and polish the trim. It's stainless steel underneath I think. Would look great with the wheels, too!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:48 pm

Looks good to me ! I would love to paint my wagon , this just gives me a little motivation .
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:51 pm

I also got one more question. How long did the paint job take? Hours, days?
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:11 pm

I agree - that does look nice.  As for the trim pieces, have you thought about stripping them and going with the polished aluminum?  I've done that to my RMW like a few others and it looks really nice:

https://flic.kr/p/EtZfz2
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:18 am

I was originally thinking about painting them, but I did see a post with the polished trim and they look great. I just worry about breaking the plastic clips.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:52 am

fixitman333 wrote:
I was originally thinking about painting them, but I did see a post with the polished trim and they look great. I just worry about breaking the plastic clips.

I've done it on two wagons and haven't had much trouble with the clips breaking. I was a little surprised myself but they seem to hold up well.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:37 pm

did you use a Dremel to polish the trim?
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:59 pm

fixitman333 wrote:
did you use a Dremel to polish the trim?

I basically followed this procedure:
http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/21-wagons/227346-remove-trim-striping-polishing.html

I found accidentally the first time that if I used something like sandpaper or maybe a dremel to help the coating come off leaves the aluminum with a brushed look instead of a mirror polish. This wasn't that bad, but the second time I only used the stripper and paper towels to get the factory coating off. This left things ready for a bit of metal polish and they were more shiny.

Hope that helps. It can take a full afternoon to do it, but it looks good when you're done.
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:10 am

thanks for the link! it actually seems easier than painting, plus it wont fade like paint will. i will give it a try!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:44 pm

Post some pics when you get it done, I bet the polished look will be great with that color.
God luck!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:11 pm

alright, i did the drivers side and the rear gate. it looks great! at one point someone painted the trim so i needed to apply the stripper 3x's. i also used aluminum polish that you apply by hand.
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that write up was perfect by the way, thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:19 pm

Looks like $900 well spent to me...
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:29 pm

thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: new paint job   Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:33 pm

Trim's coming along nicely, looks good with that darker green color too.
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