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So I plan to keep my 98 LS sedan(purchased new) for probably another two years max. It has the typical worn clear coat, the usual door dings, and assorted minor scratches, but is otherwise stock except for H&R OE sport springs and KYB struts. I'm on the fence whether to get it repainted or not. I know if I do have it painted I won't recover the total cost when I go to sell. However I'm pretty sure it would be a key selling point and less work for me to make it presentable when the time comes to sell it. Basically what it comes down to is that I'm tired of it looking like a beater, but I'm not sure if I want to put any more money into it than I have to. All opinions are welcome(got my flame suit on just in case).

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I'm not sure how the market for cars looks like in California but I typically avoid repainted cars in Minnesota because here it almost ALWAYS points to body damange, rust, bondo, other undisclosed undesirables. I would just cut the clearcoat/paint with a buffer to try to restore some of the original paint and call it a day. Save the money for something more interesting.

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I agree with Absolute_Yeti. However, having dealt with body work, car sales etc. I would personally paint it. There are great deals that come and go for Maaco painting services. I had my Integra painted there for $350 (tax included). Couldn't be happier. Just my 5 cents.

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I'm not sure how the market for cars looks like in California but I typically avoid repainted cars in Minnesota because here it almost ALWAYS points to body damange, rust, bondo, other undisclosed undesirables. I would just cut the clearcoat/paint with a buffer to try to restore some of the original paint and call it a day. Save the money for something more interesting.
No issues like that where I am. I would've tried to polish out what's left of the clearcoat, but the hood and trunk lid have essentially no clearcoat left. That's why I'm considering the paint job.

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I agree with Absolute_Yeti. However, having dealt with body work, car sales etc. I would personally paint it. There are great deals that come and go for Maaco painting services. I had my Integra painted there for $350 (tax included). Couldn't be happier. Just my 5 cents.
Excellent point. Did Maaco do any body work (besides prep) or was that just for paint?
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Mine was just a 1-stage paint. I did a little body work myself to get rid of the dings and the door strips. So at the very minimum you would need to go over the whole car with 400 wet sand paper. The rest they will do for you. Even if you have dings on it after the paintjob, it would still look 100% better and attract a customer.
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Mine was just a 1-stage paint. I did a little body work myself to get rid of the dings and the door strips. So at the very minimum you would need to go over the whole car with 400 wet sand paper. The rest they will do for you. Even if you have dings on it after the paintjob, it would still look 100% better and attract a customer.
Gotcha. My car is cayenne red pearl, so knowing my luck it's probably more involved (as in more $$). I'd take a stab at doing the body work myself, but I simply don't have the time to do it.
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