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I repainted my 1990 Silverado in 2014 and after 6 years the horizontal surfaces need attention. What is the difference between Maaco single stage paint and multi-stage Polyurethane paint ? Well one is definitely is cost, my 88 Blazer was close to 10K but it shows it. So now I'm faced with the repain OR repaint the Silverado ? What is the best way ?
 

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I don't think you can revive a Macco paint job. I'm not sure what they use but I have seen the paint fade badly and compounding/polishing doesn't restore it well. I saw a buddies vehicle rust out under the paint job and the paint was like a hard shell. I couldn't believe it.
 

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Well, we dont have Maaco, but fact-o-bake did my truck in Oct 2013. Like your Silverado, mine was done with single stage paint. Acrylic enamel paint is what they used. I asked about a clear coat base coat when they did mine in 2013. The owner said, I was better off with a single stage paint since my truck is white. So I do buff ( as needed) and wax my truck often. My truck still looks as good as it did when it was painted in 2013. Dont get me wrong, it is by no means a $10,000 paint job. It does have a few very small dings and dents that you have to know where they are to find them, but I have put it in the local car and truck show twice, and it does get attention and compliments. Everyone says my truck is very clean looking. It is not so much a show truck as it is a very nice daily driver. My paint job cost $863 at the time. Im sure it would be closer to $1000 today. Im sure it will need to be redone in the next 10 years or so,but 15 to 20 years out of a $863 paint job, yea Im good with that. Also just FYI, my truck is driven every day, and it sits outside all the time. I am just adamant about keeping it clean and shiny.
 
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My 88 C1500 has a MAACO paint job from sometime before 2002 done by PO. I bought it when we lived in CA and now in AZ. It was kept outside all the time up until recently. The orange peel paint job faded and developed "acid rain" streaks you can see in this picture
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I buffed it with a "heavy cut" compound, then a softer compound, and finally waxed it. When I hit it hard with the heavy cut to get the streaks out I got into the underlying paint/primer? Now I have a patina paint job, LOL.

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IMHO - you can't resurrect these old single stage paint jobs. At least I don't have any rust, ha ha.
 

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Duplicate. :)
 

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One more thing about Maco paint. If you ever want to ger a repaint, other than another Maco job, the old Maco paint has to be completely stripped off, or the new paint won't come out well.
 
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One more thing about Maco paint. If you ever want to ger a repaint, other than another Maco job, the old Maco paint has to be completely stripped off, or the new paint won't come out well.
When the time comes for a re-repaint, I will do a lot of sanding my self and strip off as much paint as I can myself. Then do as much body work as I can my self. Then have it repainted with better paint. My coworker is a fantastic painter. Hopefully I can enlist His help when the time comes. If so, we will do house-of-kolor paint. We will see what time brings.
 

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One more thing about Maco paint. If you ever want to ger a repaint, other than another Maco job, the old Maco paint has to be completely stripped off, or the new paint won't come out well.
Yeah thank you ! In my lite research, I found the truth, or something that sounds like the truth, Macco Paint is VERY thin, most likely the reason it is cheap $$$. I had my hood repainted in 2 stage Polyurethane and it is a much tougher paint. It looks great, but it too, needs to be cared for. And my truck sits outside all year long. I'm thinking of having the roof repainted, most likely another $500.00 or so. But my truck is like a good ol horse for me, wherever I go, my truck goes ! in town and out. So I will have to think before I pull the trigger, My Blazer is the one who gets the attention, sure it did get a $10.000 Paint, well more like a 10K paint with a 3K stint of bodywork. But I had to do the bodywork in order to come to the conclusion that this was in fact a really really nice truck, then it was a decision of mine to jump to the full no holds barred to do a fantastic paint work done. And as you folks have so kindly expressed you approval of said decision, Thank you ! So to have one really great looking ride is the best I can expect, my pickup will get the care from here on out. She still runs like brand new, so smooth at a light you think it's stalled, but no dash lights are on so I It's very to know it's still running like a top. It's hard to find fault with a small block Chevy V8 !
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When I had my bed Line-Xed, and they removed the razor tape, pealing off some of my fact-o-back paint, I called them and asked what paint they used. I told them what happened, and the owner said it is acrylic enamel paint. I went to Wal-Mart, and found some white acrylic enamel paint in a spray can, so I figured I would give it a try. Well perfect match. I did have to sand, prime and paint, but it came out grate. The top pic is very recent, and what my truck looks like rite now.
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Well, as for a repeat of the current situation, all of the damage to the roof of my 1990 Pickup is my own fault. fussing over the 88 Blazer and Neglect is my own pain. The truck sits out all of the time as I can't put it in a garage, but I might try using the heavy cover I have to shelter it for times I'm not using it. But I thought I'd try to resurrect the paint and used some of the products around my garage and bought a new one. I started with a fresh clay bar treatment, wash and Nu-finish scratch remover, which I had used the day before on the upper fenders as they too, had some oxidation, and it worked so well, I used it with a lot of water and effort and it did remove all of the oxidation on the roof and I stopped there. It's not meant for a large area, but it did work. So I figured if it didn't work I would have to have it repainted. In the back of my mind was the fact that this paint is 'Very Thin' and I did not want to use any compound as i just mentioned, thin and worn paint is all standing between me and $800.00 + repaint. The hood had been repainted about a year and a half ago, but that had been done in two stage polyurethane modern black paint. And it will be waxed next week when I work on the rest of the paint on the truck. But I went out and looked for something else and bought a $11.50 bottle of Turtle wax "Color-Magic Black" which didn't do much of anything, But that could very well be my own fault for wishing for a cure, and the wish being bigger than reality. And I finished with Maquiars "Gold class Carnauba Plus" wax. Now the paint is reasonable well waxed and even at about two feet looks not too bad, it does have some damage from the acid rain and bird droppings as well as the crap of a thousand jet engines sprayed all over the paint. you be the judge ? I'm going to use a Ceramic coating, I have a bottle of Turtle wax ceramic coating, but I'm not really to sure about it. The picture below shows the roof after I finished, Not bad for a 30 year old truck, There is some water marks on the door top, but they too are gone. You all know how oxidized paint looks and this still has some damage, but from 2' it looks really good and it's the roof, so unless your 6' 9" it still looks OK. I'll see what's on you-tube and see if I can find something to try. Take a look. . .
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Looks a lot better than mine, LOL!

Well it's black paint, so everything is going to show up no matter what I do. But overall, it's infinitely better than it was. Now I need to finish it with a little more wax and use my buffer work and perhaps a Ceramic coat on top. I don't know much about Ceramic Coat, be it wax or just a ceramic top coat, but I look and listen to you folks on that situation.
 

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For a single stage there's not a lot you can do but repaint it. If you had a clear coat over the top of it you could probably polish it and restore the shine. But at this point, it looks like your best bet is to strip it, repaint it, clear coat it, ceramic coat it, and ppf the hood and fenders. That should prevent it from falling apart so fast next time.
 

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Yeah thank you ! In my lite research, I found the truth, or something that sounds like the truth, Macco Paint is VERY thin, most likely the reason it is cheap $$$. I had my hood repainted in 2 stage Polyurethane and it is a much tougher paint. It looks great, but it too, needs to be cared for. And my truck sits outside all year long. I'm thinking of having the roof repainted, most likely another $500.00 or so. But my truck is like a good ol horse for me, wherever I go, my truck goes ! in town and out. So I will have to think before I pull the trigger, My Blazer is the one who gets the attention, sure it did get a $10.000 Paint, well more like a 10K paint with a 3K stint of bodywork. But I had to do the bodywork in order to come to the conclusion that this was in fact a really really nice truck, then it was a decision of mine to jump to the full no holds barred to do a fantastic paint work done. And as you folks have so kindly expressed you approval of said decision, Thank you ! So to have one really great looking ride is the best I can expect, my pickup will get the care from here on out. She still runs like brand new, so smooth at a light you think it's stalled, but no dash lights are on so I It's very to know it's still running like a top. It's hard to find fault with a small block Chevy V8 ! View attachment 166038
That's a beauty. You should ppf the front and ceramic coat the rest to protect that beautiful paint job.
 
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