1990 Yellow Miata

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  1. AO

    AO New Member

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    I had Maaco paint my 1990 Red Miata with Chevy SSR Yellow (U423G).

    Initial result: [​IMG]

    Next up - a new top with glass instead of plastic.
     
  2. skreem

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    for all the bad shit ive heard about maaco that came out very nice
     
  3. skreem

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    how much did it cost?
     
  4. Ronin

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    looks decent for maaco.
     
  5. AO

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    I paid $1500 after some body work was done (dings, light dents, trunk had a dent, reattach the driver fender (broken bolt), $60 for removing the outer door locks, and extra for the inside door jams). It was the $999 paint job. They usually add another $300 for "prep".

    I had to take most of the trim off, remove gaskets, lights, antenna, etc. I should have covered the antenna threads and the hard top thread holes, covered the decals on the door and under the hood, removed the window washer hoses and nipples, and covered the inside of the trunk as red dust got in everywhere (like on the door covers). The hardest part was removing the weather strip surrounding the top. If you llok closely you'll see that it is missing in the picture, along with the weather strip on the door as it meets the glass.

    My old mirror gaskets were worn down and Mazda only sells them with new mirrors. The window / door / glass weather strip pieces go for $44. The plastic trim that goes 'around' the windshield wipers and in front of the glass goes for $155. I'll go to a junk yard for that piece. A can of clear coat for the window weathertrips cost $3. I'll make my own new mirror gaskets (the part that is mounted onto the door) for about $2.

    Always put screws and fittings in plastic bags and label them.

    If you have the pop up lights, remove the covers and let them paint them separately. I left them on and it wasn't a perfect job. Nothing I worry about.
     
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  6. Ronin

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    a good paint job relies on a good prep, just hope they prepped properly.
     
  7. AO

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    If they didn't - I'll hit them with their 5 year warranty.
     
  8. s2k

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    looks good, how many miles? 5 speed ?
     
  9. AO

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    130,000 miles, 5 speed. I intend to keep it another 10 years. I've invested too much over the years (routine maintenance) to sell it for $500 (what a dealer would give me) - $2500 (book value). I hope to get at least 200,000 miles on it before I have to replace or rebuild the engine. Since I am not a speed freak, turbos are not a temptation.

    The 2006 Miatas are almost out. I wonder what they'll look like and how they will do against the Pontiac Solstice ($19,999).
     
  10. Ronin

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    how does your miata handle? I hear they have excellent handling
     
  11. AO

    AO New Member

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    It handles great. I took my sister for a short ride. At one point she screamed "We're going to turn over!". 50 miles later she wanted to keep going... I can drift when I want (but only at slow speeds - I'm not crazy). Yes, one buys a Miata for the handling, definitely not for the seats. I'd like to know if the Honda Del Sol seats can fit in the Miata.

    Here's a picture of my painted console, ashtray and armrest:
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. atomic punk

    atomic punk pretty hate machine

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    this is maaco we're talking about...

    ibpaintfallsoff
     
  13. MrBucket

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    ive heard maaco is good as long as the proper prep work is done
     

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