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Sorry to hear about your paint problems. Black may be an easier color to touchup than the others. If you provide a photo of the fading, we might be able to see if it could be corrected, short of repainting.
MAACO paint shops are individually owned and operated franchises. Some are not bad and some are terrible. I used them a couple of times on a previous car. I went around and inspected cars they had just finished, and finally found one that wasn't too bad. There was still a lot of overspray I had to clean up myself.
From what I read on other ClubLexus forums, good paint jobs start at about $2,000, even down in south Florida, which is a lot cheaper than Virginia. Down here, you can get a panel repainted for maybe $300 (e.g., hood, roof). That's just an educated guess. I recently got an estimate for repainting a whole bumper and it was $250. The guy I go to (The Touchup Company) can do perfect spot repairs, so I just had the bumper scuff repainted for $124.
dont repaint the whole car which is what Macco is going to want to do, repaint only the pannels with issues, lexus paint is great so keep as much oem paint as possible. If i were you I would shell out 600 bucks and repaint the roof and hood at a reputable shop. Your going to be a lot happier with the end result. If you take it to a quality shop they will evaluate your hood if its a scratch on the surface that can be buffed out they will tell you and just do that instead of repainting.
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Alright, sounds good guys. Thanks for the inputs, I will shop around for some estimates beginning of next week.
Now my question is:
What is the reason for this paint fading off? How and why does it happen? Because it's a 1999 car? Thanks.
Paint is a thin skin bonded to the metal base and typically has a clear coat on top.
When paint goes bad it is either from the outside-in or inside-out. Looking at your pictures (excluding vandalism) it seems to have faded from outside-in. There does not seem to be any problem with the base metal (rust, bubbling up).
The outside-in problems exist due to UV, chemicals in the air, ice/snow/rain/dew, temp etc. The proper care is to wash weekly and a good wax 3-6 months. [Some new waxes can last 1 year]. Simple test is to see how water beads up when you wash your vehicle.
Looking at the pictures it seems neglect on the part of the owner. If the vehicle is garaged, the paint and interior (with so much glass) has much longer life.
ps: Any scraping of ice can also damage the paint. Buffers if not used properly can damage the paint too. Automatic car washes can be bad as well.