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grafen22 Silver Member Alonzo Atkinson
San Antonio, TX, USA   USA
1976 MG MGB
I have a 76 B which is mechanically sound and a lot of fun to drive. But, it looks like crap and I'm unwilling to spend the time and money to strip it down for a proper paint job. Any suggestions?

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Rick Fawthrop Gold Member Richard Fawthrop
Seattle, WA, USA   USA

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ClayJ Silver Member Clay Johnston
Mt. Olive, MS, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB
Yep, there are still cheap quickie paint shops around. It will reduce the cost if you can do any needed disassembly/prep/reassembly yourself.

You can also look up folks here that have painted cars with Rustoleum by spraycan or paint roller.

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Ex-Calif Gold Member Dan D
Cincinnati, OH, USA   USA
1968 MG MGB GT "Bart - Yellow And Naughty"
1977 MG MGB "Red Betty"
2012 Jeep Liberty "Tank"
2014 Hyundai Accent "Skate"
If the car is rust free and you plan to do the same color I would consider the Maaco option.

If there is rust and Maaco has to start fixing stuff - they may not fix it right and then your costs are going up.

If you have light rust you could do the initial repairs with supplies from Autozone/Walmart etc. and save the Maaco labor - let them do the final prep.

If the creeping costs start to get you you sorta get backed in a corner. In a rare pinch I would consider a rattle can job.

I recently had to do some repair to my Hyundai - I got the rattle can touch up stuff and clear coat from these guys -

With the hand grip nozzle they sell I bet you could do a pretty good job of it. Find a late model car for which you really like the color and then go to town...

Bottom line is none of it is gonna be as good as a full teardown.

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64MGBTourer Gold Member Ken Fritz
Sacramento, CA, USA   USA
Do the prep yoyrself, but an HVLP spray gun at Harbor Freight for under $100. Get decent paint from Sherwin Williams, practice on a metal garbage can, and do it yourself.

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TerryG Terry Gandy
Kenosha, WI, USA   USA
2017 Ford Shelby "Rhonda"
Vinyl wrap

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HiPowerShooter Gold Member James Booker
Lake Winneconne, WI, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB
My paint just finished out gassing about 2 weeks ago...Used the Napa line of paint. Their mid grade "CrossFIRE" products. 3 qts did the job with enough left for a few touch ups if required in the future. Candied the 2nd clear spray. For the price it's hard to beat.

"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions"--Alvin "Tex" Johnston...Boeing test pilot.

73 MGB. Tires: Round, black, hold air. Oil: Sometimes old, sometimes new...always slippery. Oil filter: Yellow, usually full of oil. Carbs: 2 SU HIF. Distributor: Yes. Headlights: Not that bright but bright enough. A bunch of other stuff most cars have but not really important enough to itemize. Oh, has a cool sounding exhaust with stickers on the chrome tips. Really slays the ladies...

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Surewood Chuck S
Wallingford, CT, USA   USA
Check out They have some very reasonably priced single stage paint kits and keep prices low by selling direct. They seem to be a popular choice amongst the hotrodders so I think that is a testament to their quality.

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wicklowwanderer Silver Member David Steverson
Marietta, GA, USA   USA
If your paint is dull and looks bad, it will look even worse when shiny paint is applied over it IF you do not spend time sanding and prepping (or having it done). Small dings and such that you didn't even know existed will show when shiny paint gets applied.

So either live with it as it is or do (or have done) a proper job. Believe me it's worth it.

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