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Old 07-15-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Uh Oh...Better Get (a new paint job)

Has anyone had MAACO paint an Argosy 24-ft and what did it cost?
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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The guy i bought the Argosy 28 from said it was $850. it looks okay but itl need new in a few years. Maaco really blew it on a 62 Cadillac i letem try back in 93. I had to threaten court.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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I called the Everett WA MAACO shop. The guy stated over the phone that trailer painting is about $100 a running foot. I told him of my 24' Argosy and he said it would be arounf $2,500. Seems a little steep to me considering their car apiting prices. I may buy a roller or a compressor and paint gun. If I have the time I'll do it myself or just leave it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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I have had a couple of old cars painted by Maaco. They look great as long as you stay at least 20 feet away.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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Painting

Painting an older Argosy, can be done several different and cost wise ways.

The best way is to strip the complete trailer and start all over again. That costs the most.

The less than better way, is to sand down the paint that is still there, and apply new paint. But, painting over dead or aged out paint, is much cheaper, and will result in failure in not too many years.

Dead and/or old paint must be removed, "IF" you want a first class job.

Or, you can go to Home Depot, buy some house paint, and roll it on the trailer, as some have done.

Painting an Argosy again, quality wise, is directly related to the method used, type of paints used, and the professionalism of the person holding the spray gun. The costs are likewise related to the quality, not to say that a shop might make a huge charge, and deliver a terrible paint job.

A great paint job, is sort of like selcting your life long partner. Examine all the details.

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Old 12-17-2009, 03:42 PM   #6
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A reasonable cost for a top quality paint job, runs between $100.00 to $125.00 per foot, depending on the local labor rate and the type paints used.

To refinish an Airstream trailer, with clearcoat, is about the same costs.

To paint an Airstream properly, a color, can run $125.00 to $ 175.00 per foot.

Those prices can vary consideraly, depending where the shop may be located.

In some states, such as parts of California, dictate the type paints that can be used, in certain counties.

We quit painting the metallic silver, because of what the state has mandated. The material costs alone have more than tripled, and back to water based paint, to boot. No thank you.

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:23 PM   #7
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I had an old car painted by them many years ago. It was pitiful work, even for the cheap price. It did not hold up long. You could do a better job yourself, for sure.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:28 PM   #8
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I want to get this out in the open AGAIN

I have heard two opposing takes on the self etching primer.
I was hoping Andy could explain the proven facts, AGAIN
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I'd rather do this than a "cheap" professional job.

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Old 12-17-2009, 09:02 PM   #10
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I have heard two opposing takes on the self etching primer.
I was hoping Andy could explain the proven facts, AGAIN
Self etching primer, to me, is a lazy mans way of roughing the surface, that also "causes water leaks".

Sanding the metal with 120 to 150 grit sandpaper, has worked for me, without failure, for over 40 years.

If it's worth doing, do it right, the first time.

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Old 12-18-2009, 12:30 AM   #11
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I had Maaco squirt my 95 Jeep that I tow behind my motorhome and they did a very good crappy job. For what I paid, it looks fine. I probably would not let them touch my Airstream product but that is mostly because someone else will end up with it someday and want it closer to perfect than I do, I don't know.
When talking about paint and polishing, I always assume all systems are working and there is money left over.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:42 AM   #12
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I have had a couple of old cars painted by Maaco. They look great as long as you stay at least 20 feet away.
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NOW that's both true and funny... in a sad way.

MAACO - not high quality by any measure. I had them do some minor repair on my Lexus - Had white primer fingerprints all over my leather steering wheel. They refused to replace the leather - again, threatened small claims court and magically the Lex dealer showed up at my place with a "new to me" steering wheel replacement.

Not gonna repeat the experience.

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