BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Nov 2018
Vehicle: 1991 560SEL
Location: Richmond Virginia, USA
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Maaco generally represents a good value for the dollar, however, since they are franchised, all bets are off when comparing one to the other. The paint they use is quality, but you simply arent going to get a ton of effort put into extensive prep, removing any orange peel afterwards via careful polish with rotary buffer, etc.
I used them a couple of years ago for an easy job: paint a brand new rear ebay bumper cover for a 5 series BMW. Year before that, same for the front one. Then had them respray a used bumper cover for a Lexus SUV. I'd rate them high on value to quality for those jobs. For the W126 last week? Had to have them re-do the front bumper cover due to very obvious runs in the corner where the chrome strip meets the actual bumper. And also a couple of small spots on the cladding had the "fisheyes" and other small defects. But since the issues were less than an inch and very low down (almost impossible to see when the pieces were installed) I let it go.
If you go with Maaco for a full car paint job, I'd suggest lowering your expectations to be commensurate with the price. I suspect they would do a complete respray of the W126 for under $5k, but thats just a guess. And its not going to be the quality (especially in corners, edges, near trim, etc) of a $10k job.