Nothing can make or break a project like the paint and bodywork. A great paint and body job will let your car stand out above the rest, but it can blow your budget out of the water if you aren't prepared. While it would be impossible to show you how to do a complete paint and body job in a few pages, there are things you can do yourself, have a great finish and not break the bank. To get an idea of what it takes to do custom paint and bodywork, I followed the GT55 as it received a makeover by the experts at Byers Custom & Restoration.
First and foremost, you need to plan a few things out. How much do you want to spend? What do you want the finish to look like? When do you want to have your car done? Do you want to do any of it yourself? Will local laws allow you to do paint and body work at home? And the most important question: do you have the patience of a saint? Despite all the current TV shows that do paint and body work in less than a day, you can spend hundreds and hundreds of hours in the paint and bodywork process. The more time you spend on the attention to detail, the better the overall job will look and the finish will last for years to come.
If you decide to do only part of the overall job, talk to local shops to see if they will paint over your bodywork. Find out what materials they use (so you won't mix brands) and see if they won't mind answering a few questions from time to time. If you are going to do this yourself it wouldn't hurt to have an extra fender to test out your paint and body work techniques on before you dive into the whole car. Just remember, take your time and have fun!