Wondering about your options from a cost standpoint David, if you aren't set up with air, dryer's filters, guns, sheeting, masking, et-al, you'll probably spend more getting ready than you will to pay someone else. There is the accomplishment factor and the satisfaction of learning that is worth consideration. So is the torture of living with annoyances and imperfections, or redoing it until you are satisfied.
I'm still learning about body and paint.
Ron, I'm in my 60s and not looking for a career in paint and body work. I would like to get some 'accomplishment factor' though. I'm not touching the vinyl top and there really isn't that much to fill in and such. I have a good compressor and filters, but no paint supplies including guns, etc. I'm not planning on taking the paint down to metal only scuff, fix things and shoot. I know I can remove all the trim, bumpers, door cards, etc... I should look for some local help that can perhaps get me started. This will be next winters project anyway, but I at least want to have a plan. I really don't like the idea of doing a piece here and there, but it might happen that way. I prefer to start and finish. I am not going to submit to body shop jail. BTDT... too many times.. That's why I love the Maaco idea. I think I can start this project by November 1st and be complete by Feb 1st easy.
My expatiations are for a decent driver with base coat, clear coat. Probably be Daytona yellow with black stripes. I'll get some repo bumpers, polish up the rest of the trim and at least have something with paint on it before I'm dead!
Thanks so much for the input.
PS, if I can wind up with a job similar to Mr 4 speed, I would be more than happy!
PS 2, I think I can do this for a budget of $5000. I'll bet the best BC/CC maaco paint job will run no more than 2-3K I'll bet I can get the car prepped for less that 2K and have some left over for bumpers and a few goodies!!!!