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I have a 2004 Cord EX Manual. My paint is peeling on the hood, roof and a little on the trunk. Hondas seem to be notorious for this. Just curious. How much was your paint job and how do you go about finding a good paint shop? Basically I don't know what a good paint job should cost. My honda is black and I wanna repaint it black. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I have a 2004 Cord EX Manual. My paint is peeling on the hood, roof and a little on the trunk. Hondas seem to be notorious for this. Just curious. How much was your paint job and how do you go about finding a good paint shop? Basically I don't know what a good paint job should cost. My honda is black and I wanna repaint it black. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Call your insurance company and see if they have any recommended shops in your area. The only verified shop in my city is actually the best bang for your buck in about 25 miles.

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I didn't think about checking with my insurance agent for a recommendation. thanks for the tip!
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A good quality paint job will run you around $3000 or more. If there is an area in your town that has a lot of body shops that fixes and sells crashed cars you can get a cheap paint job but you kinda get what you pay for. I had a car painted for $1000 a few years ago. I didn't want perfection so going that route was good for me.

Then there's always MAACO...

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The Maaco shops are independently owned and operated. A friend of mine manages one here in Chicago. It is EXTREMELY well managed, and he has Yelp! and Google reviews that reflect that.

That Maaco shop repainted my Sis-in-Law's 1990 Miata and rear of my 1991 240sx.

They currently have a $299 special going for the most basic paint job.

75% of Maaco paint jobs I see are terrible- not worth even $300. 20% are "you get what you pay for", then 5% are worth way more than what was paid....
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You can get a car coated in a liquid wrap for about $500-700 or so from a professional installer; you've probably heard of Plasti-Dip. There's a few different brands of liquid wrap (DYC Plasti-Dip, Cerberus Coatings, Raail/Protek, etc.) and they have their own strengths and weaknesses. There are shops all over the place, and it takes much less turnaround time to get a car done versus a full paint job. You could also DIY like I did on my Accord, but if you want a really professional job, that most people would mistake for an OEM paint job, you should go with the pro route. The new gloss/clear coat technology they've released seriously looks like OEM clear. It's neat. You can look up "halo true gloss" and see some examples of how shiny it is.

Not only is it cheaper and faster than a regular paint job, but it is also easily removable for any reason you want/need to take it off for, and acts as a protectant on the OEM paint underneath (protects against scratches and dings to a degree, stops sun damage, etc.). So if your car got damaged you could take it back and have just that panel re-sprayed instead of having to get it repainted or buy a new part with regular paint already on it, which is more expensive than a primed one.

You can also easily change the color, finish or style because you can just take it off and get it re-done. For the cost of a pro regular paint job, you could get your car dipped two or three times, spanned out over the 3 year removability guideline you've got nine years of removable, customization-friendly paint jobs.

This is just my two cents, if you're not into the dipping idea I'd suggest going to a pro paint shop and not going the cheap route. If you're gonna spend that kind of money on paint, you won't want to have to spend that much again or more if something goes wrong with it. I DIY dipped my car because my car is old, a regular, expensive paint job won't add to her value and I'd rather spend that kind of money keeping her running, as I was advised on here by a few people. I'm glad I listened and just did it myself, haha; half the cost of a pro dip and we had fun doing it! If/when I get my Camaro though, I'm having DipOne in NJ dip it for me.

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The prep work is the hardest part of a paint job. Even if no body work is required properly removing all exterior pieces and sanding down the paint to metal is time consuming. If you cut corners there the paint will never look perfect. Also there are different grades of primer, paint and clear. The higher quality stuff costs more, looks better and lasts longer. Some body shops use low quality paint to lower their prices. As you shop around for body shops ask what supplies they use.

Here’s another thought. The car is 12 years old and not worth that much anymore. An A+ paint job may not be worth the money. You’ll never get that value back when you sell it. A “good” paint job, and perhaps just the hood, roof and trunk may be all you need.

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