Jeesh, lighten up, you guru gearheads,,, I feel like I just been "Super Moderated"...
I went to catholic school in 1960's, so I understand, and will consider my knuckles slapped. Mea Culpa.
Technically, I understand your position, BUT, being a 60 year old retired USAF officer, who worked in a gas station garage in high school, college, owing several vehicles, where I traded off dealer/DIY decisions, from corvette to finally two lexus vehicles. I got some maturity. I had just spent a month reading EVERY thread on this LOC, and also on Club Lexus, and other sites like Lextreme, Meguires, and googling LS400 and Detailing,,,so,,,,
When I saw recent posts on here, I think I WAS answering from "personal experience" of ALL THE OTHER POSTS I HAVE READ. Wanted to save the Newbie some time and effort.
Now, I think I am a comedian too, so my replys get a little outrageous...
(drafting semi's but ice sloshes out of my martini glass; inflating tires to sidewall pressure; squeeling tires by reving to 3Krpm in neutral then slamming it into Drive,,, most should realize those are JOKES)
I like the reply about free interior paint job if you leave the windows down...
Another said he would paint car for $500 with a paintball gun.
(I shoulda figured that posting a topic with the word "Maaco" in a Lexus Forum would be like tossing a grenade into the Lounge)
If I had "Super Moderated" you, you see that warning bar under your avatar? I would have given you a warning there, PM'd you why you were getting that warning, deleted this thread, and set all your posts for moderator approval before they would be allowed to post up on the boards. As I said, I looked at your posting history, and I saw you weren't a spammer, so I let this thread stay, and just "guided" you to the rules so we don't have any misunderstandings in the future. So I hope you see this more as a tap on the shoulder and a friendly word of advice is all.
I've been in the biz for alot of years, and a gallon of quality clear coat alone is almost 300 bucks! So I don't know what kind of paint job you should expect for 500! Even if your using a single stage acrilyc, just the prep work, sand, and tape off takes hours. And that's before the car even goes in the spray booth.