- Aug 20, 2021
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- South Florida
The point I am trying to make is when we’re paying upwards of $40,000 plus for a car, most would expect the paint to be perfect. Same goes with everything else on the vehicle. You don’t dump $50,000 for a car and get some crap paint job that looks like it was done in a backyard body shop. As I said before nowadays it’s more about quantity than it is quality. I work for Mercedes-Benz and had the opportunity to go on a tour of the Alabama factory and they have the ability to make these cars near perfect with the technology they have. It’s just now it’s all about quantity versus quality. I think most of us in here can agree the quality of our trucks is not what you would expect from a $50,000 vehicle. When I bought my 2002 Honda Civic back in 2002 it was better quality than these trucks and I paid less than half of the price.Then you've never done a show car quality paint job. I have, 80+ hours easy just in paint. Show quality paint starts before paint comes from the gun and continues with wet sanding with 1500-5000 grit sandpaper after each coat of paint then the same with each layer of clear to achieve a true flat as glass finish. The there's the buffing out of that paint and minor corrections.
A show car quality paint job can easily cost 10K+ but here's the thing, are you going to maintain it or is it going to look show quality for a week?
These vehicles will have rock chips and off road paint damage on them within months and the general populous certainly doesn't have the skill or desire to maintain them, how many vehicles do you think run through an auto carwash? What's an auto carwash to to paint, and you want show quality for that?
My Diamond Black looks good, could it look better? Yes. Do I expect better from the OEM? No.
I can wet sand my truck and may well do that in a few years and slick the paint then bring it back out, I have the tools, knowledge and the compounds for that but I think most peoples expectations of OEM paint are very unrealistic especially when you consider the fact the most cars are probably run through an auto car wash which will destroy any paint job.
Unless you're willing to wash the vehicle at home using the 2 or 3 bucket method, having show quality paint wont make a difference as it wont look show quality long