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Finding a 90+ crx is my area is pretty tough, they get snapped up really fast. Theres a crx that I'm looking at now, it has low mileage, havnt been to see it yet, so I'm not sure on the rust factor. The only downside I can see from it (online) is that its been repainted. Is there anything I can look for even with it been repaited? I'm guessing it would cover up any rust, but youd still be able to see rust bubbles and sutff if there were any. But basically so far the only downside I can see is that its been repainted, shoud I steer away from it just because of that?

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If they just painted over rust, it would be all bubbled and flaking. If the rust was fixed, it could take a year or two to find out if a good job was truely done.
 

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Be CAREFUL... through experience, i can tell you that if you want to know FOR SURE that the car is ok, don't buy a repainted car... a decent body shop can hide a LOT of damage, and make it look pretty.

I have a CRX that i got not too long ago that was repainted, but i know the guy who repainted it, and he gave me a complete work-up of what was done... the reason for the repaint: He didn't like Y49, and wanted ITR yellow... so thats what it got. He also got rid of the sunroof roof panel, and had them install an HF roof, and also they shaved the rear wiper. All of this repair is visual, and you can tell that it was done right by looking at the back-side. So thats the only reason i'm happy with a painted CRX.

The Restoration project we're doing right now is a story that is more likely to be an issue with most people. Everyone we knew who owned the car that we could talk to was under the impression that the car was perfect... the previous owner painted it white, and we thought the paint under it was absolutely stock. Well.... it had a LOT of previous damage on it. We fixed it all back to 150% better than new, but a lot of work could have been avoided... but at least now we KNOW exactly what is under every square inch of the chassis. But it took a LOT of work to get there.

I'd say look for EVERY sign that it has been repainted... make sure to peel up the trim a bit around the windows, and see if you can see a paint-line there... look at the body molding, and bumpers... a repaint would likely have painted the trim, since body guys are lazy, and most owners are cheap, and won't replace the trim with new stuff just to paint it... nor will they take the time to remove the peices... and since ht trim isn't removable on the bumpers, most body shops don't want to mask off the trim. Look at the mirrors... look in the fender wells for overspray. There are a lot of hints that you can find.

But bottom line, it depends on how patient you are, and how much you trust the work that was done... and unless you PHYSICALLY saw all of the work being done on the body by the previous owner, i wouldn't trust it without spending most of a day going over the car with a body magnet over every square inch of the car...

But... just my opinion... lol.
 

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Yea, I know Rob I should be looking for original paint, but I think I might as well take a loot at this crx, and maybe Ill see if I can get any info from where it was painted(posibly). But yea I'll look over it with a fine tooth comb, but other then the repaint, it looks like it might be a good crx. Ill know in a few days, I should be seeing it then.
As for importing from BC, I dunno about that, I'd wanna see the car and some other stuff so iono about that.
And Mark I'd want a Canadian si crx, so if you have one of those I'd be interested : D
And Rob my friend might be able to get some info on an airbrusher, I just know hes done some car art, a tiger if I remember right, but Ill find out for ya

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Depends on what will be done with the car, too. If it's just a daily driver that you want to look nice, a QUALITY paint job can mean that you get a good looking car without paying for a respray yourself. If you want a car that's perfect in every way, look for an immaculate original paint car or a lightly more rough example that you can get repainted yourself -- but either one of those options are going to be costly. It's getting to the point where it's more and more likely that the average CRX you find doesn't have the original engine or original paint, especially if you don't have insane amounts of money to spend...that's just a fact of life when it comes to dealing with older cars. I wouldn't let the fact that it's been repainted deter you, but take a good look at how well it was done. Like John was pointing out, how the body shop approached the details (overspray, painting over trim, etc.) will probably give you a pretty good idea of how much time and effort they put into the paint job as a whole.
 
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