I just graduated from college, and unfortunately several years of living in student neighborhoods have wrecked havoc on my 1995 Es300's paint. On two separate occasions, people have scraped the side of it quite badly while pulling into the cramped parking lot behind one of the places where I lived. I've got another serious dent on the door where one of my friends knicked a telephone pole while rounding a corner (last time I let anyone borrow the car). This damage, in addition to the normal dents acquired over the lifetime, make me want to get a new paint job. The car is in good mechanical shape. It has been maintained by a dealerships for most of its life, and the previous owner had to replace the engine due to an oil gelling problem. The new engine only has about 45,000 miles on it, and the rest of the car is riding with a cool 130,000. I just feel like it would be worthwhile to get it painted, since anything as classy with mileage like this will cost me quite a bit.
So I'm planning on getting this sucker repainted. My plan is to get the dings and dents fixed by a local guy known as the "ding king"; remove all the trim, mirrors, etc; sand down to the primer; cover windows and then take it somewhere to get painted.
So I have a few more questions I need answered before I proceed.............
1.) How does a high end body job do a repaint job? I know one of the big differences between a Maaco job and a real class act paint job relates to prep work, but is there anything else special that they do, such as number of sprays, clear coats, etc?
2.) Does anyone have any experience or words of advice about prepping a car or repainting in general?
Thanks for your help!