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RE: paint

Not so fast.  I have heard from several body shops that Maaco has all the 
latest spray equipment and does a great job painting the car.  Where they suck 
is the prep work.  In fact for a friend of mine he prepped it and sent him to 
Maaco to do the paint work.  Then he brought it back and did the final buffing 
and finishing.
Pat Martin
864000csq turbo, 2 1/2 cat back, H&R-Boge, MC and loving it.  Drilled and 
stopping it. Koenig Cobra 16x7 with Yokohama A520's turning it,  K&N and 
84 4000sq NEW.  AKA: The beater.
95 subaru legacy 
Bothell, Wa

Cousin or not, don't get a Maaco paint job.  Especially for $3000.  You
will never be happy with it.  I recommend checking out a lot of shops,
and make sure they use PPG paint.  See what finished cars look like at
these shops.  Find out how long the warranty is, and what exactly it
covers.  If done properly, a re-paint job can be as durable as a factory
paint job--however, this is not the norm.  My front bumper on my A4 has
been repainted and has no chips on it, so I figure it was a good job.

Good luck, whatever you do.

'97 A4ta
'90 80a