Originally Posted by propr'one
there is no such thing as a good cheap paintjob. Good paintjobs are expensive. Cheap paintjobs are shitty.
A buck seems to go a lot further in some states. There's a guy out in California who specializes in E30s who will disassemble, clean, deck, grind valves and seats, and reassemble the head with new components for less than half of some of the quotes I've gotten from shops around here.
If you want a good cheap body job go to Mexico. Lots of people drop their cars off and go on vacation. A week later they have a sweet paint job and freshly reupholstered interior for a fraction of what it costs a few miles north.