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Old 03-18-2021, 11:50 AM
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Anyone know if there are places that offer paint booth rental? I would like to paint my old Astro van but don't want to pay the prevailing rates for 20 year old utility van.

I thought about one of those DIY blow up paint booths. But they are 1K or more. Plus my neighbors would probably frown on something like that sitting on the driveway.
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You might get away with using a self storage garage for cars. Tape up some plastic to keep the walls clean, put down cardboard, and tip the guard.

It is probably worth checking the rental contract to see if it excludes this activity.
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You might get away with using a self storage garage for cars. Tape up some plastic to keep the walls clean, put down cardboard, and tip the guard.

It is probably worth checking the rental contract to see if it excludes this activity.
Interesting idea. But that would require to bring a huge compressor and have a place to plug it in. Doubt I would find a 240v outlet there.
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Maaco? https://www.maaco.com/locations/va/chantilly-12004/

or, how about a local VoTech shop?
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You might get away with using a self storage garage for cars. Tape up some plastic to keep the walls clean, put down cardboard, and tip the guard.

It is probably worth checking the rental contract to see if it excludes this activity.
Most units big enough to store a car have a rider in the contract that you're not allowed to work on the car at all while it's in the unit because their insurance doesn't cover you. The 2 I've used in the past were that way.
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Maaco? https://www.maaco.com/locations/va/chantilly-12004/

or, how about a local VoTech shop?
I had Maaco do a race car paint job for me in the past. If you're in a place where you can do most of the taping/removing stuff and prep tasks for them, their price will be hard to beat.

If you just drop it off with them and have them do everything, they won't be all that much cheaper than anybody else. The paint they shoot is decent, the equipment they use is generally good, it's the prep where they save time. You will have overspray. You will have paint in the wheel wells. You will have paint on suspension components. etc...etc.
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x2 on maaco

I friend just used them and the work is good. Way good enough for an old astrovan But each location is different, I assume they are independant, his comments on the 2-3 he checked out where all over the map. He did some prep and trim removal and it saved decent $$.
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Don’t reco painting in a rented space. No air flow for one thing. Do the macco thing and as said I also recommend you do your own prep and mask off all the little stuff yourself. Let them shoot the paint. I have done this and was happy with the outcome. They were too. No gripes or issues from them about my prep.

Good paint needs some skill and some control of environment even more so for modern automotive coatings. Down flow of clean proper temp air during and a proper bake after for example.
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I painted my 1968 FJ40 on my driveway many years ago. It worked out well for me but I did not have high expectations either.
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x2 on maaco

I friend just used them and the work is good. Way good enough for an old astrovan But each location is different, I assume they are independant, his comments on the 2-3 he checked out where all over the map. He did some prep and trim removal and it saved decent $$.
Well, the car that I want to paint is an Astro Van... They have a special for 499. Just a enamel single stage paint. Well they said, 2 coats sealer and 2 coats paint. for a van, probably 300 more.

But if I went to a Base Coat/Clear coat, it would be 1500+.
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