For posterity and because this will come up in searches, I've had two maaco paint jobs. Both done at the same shop, 63rd and Federal in Denver.
Paint job #1: 1988 FJ62. Simple re-spray in 2015, no body work to speak of. Factory code single stage enamel. Came out pretty good! Some overspray. Prep was done with tape for the most part, not much removed. No prep done by me. This cost me $800 and I was very happy with the result for the price. I have since sold the truck, but I have been in touch with the two subsequent owners, and more than five years later it still seems to be holding up OK.
Paint Job #2: 1996 LX450 (the clunker) done in 2019. This job was a little more involved as I came in because my windshield frame had some rust showing around the roof line. I also had a little rust in the driver's A-pillar and some surface patina (aftermarket hood that came "primed" black and front apron had some minor surface rust). Paid $2800 for rust repair, seal/primer and paint. It's clear they just sprayed right over whatever was there and did basically no prep or body work whatsoever. I am 100% certain no part of the truck was primed or sealed in any way. I question whether they even bothered to clean the truck before applying a new coat of 045 white. Any part of the truck that had surface patina has turned into worse rust than it was before the job, and I have spots of rust forming where there was *nothing at all* to begin with. They charged me for work that was not performed and I am still furious, but my time is worth more than small claims court, so it is what it is.
Here's a nice shiny photo of the day I picked it up. If I feel motivated, I'll take some detailed photos of the horror that was this botched paint job and post them later
I also went with a Maaco paint job back in 2014 when I began pouring money into my then stock 80’s build. I had the truck since 2008 and the clear coat started and continued to fail on some of the classic spots (hood, roof, flares). i got a few quotes out of my price range for a truck I had plans to wheel and bushwack with from local paint shops and didn’t have a space to try painting myself, so I ended up going with Maaco in downtown San Jose and couldn’t be happier. I removed all the lights, grill, mirrors, and bumpers. Should have pulled the flares to get the full fender sheetmetal repainted, but left them on and got the classic Maaco paint over flare gasket look haha. They did pretty good for a $2200 2 stage premium paint match with extra prep on the hood and roof. 6 years later, I’ve had no real issue with the job. My truck has tons of pinstriping, but as far as the paint holding up, it’s been all good. I’d go back to the shop again if I needed to, assuming the shop is still ran by the same guys. Although it sounds like the prices may have gone up. I think shop by shop quality variance is common based on reviews I’ve read in my area.
It is the original Toyota 1A1 Anthracite Metalic. It has a lot of brown in it...I bought the 98 SR5 4x4 from Toyota of Irving (TX) in 1999 with 55K miles for wholesale because no one liked the color and Texans prefer 2WD if it’s an option. I’ve always really liked the color.
I never had any rust issues but i did want rid of the 6M1 green. Had them put on 040 base with a clear coat finish. I think i spotted 1 run on the inside of the tailgate but not noticeable when closed. Zero overspray. Pretty fantastic job to be honest.
The shop was run by a fellow mudder @Mdej3
If you let them do the prep, they'll just use tape in most areas instead of removing stuff. Overspray is all over the place when you look up close, but it looks good from ten feet. I also got overspray on tires, suspension, frame, etc. The first paint job was OK (some overspray), but the second one was pretty excessive. For instance, they sprayed easy-to-access parts of the undercarriage black, even though we never discussed that as part of the project. Including my yellow TJM springs which are now kind of a fade from black to yellow
IME a quality paint job, as good or better than the factory, when you factor in (the paint shop) removing everything including the flares, door handles, lights, grill, roof rack, bumpers, rear wing, all rubber, moldings, and door panels, windshield, quarter glass, hatch glass, and fixing the Nutsert holes in the roof, then add some minor body dings or rust under the gaskets, doing all that by the book (with no overspray on the undercarriage or suspension, engine bay, radiator, etc) using quality paint and clear coat starts at $10,000 and goes up from there. Then add for a new grill, badges, emblems, rubber, moldings, ----. Adds up quick.