I ordered a set of four DVDs on bodywork and painting. These videos, created by Kevin Tetz of Paintucation, came very highly recommended as an excellent introductory resource in this area. I have been thinking about the possibility of painting the car myself, and these videos should give me a good grounding in what’s involved in the whole process.
The four disks are titled: Body Shop Basics, Metal Prep & Rust Repair, Paint Your Own Car, and Color Sanding & Buffing.
At the very least, after I watch the videos I will be in a better position to decide realistically how much of the body work, surface preparation, and (perhaps) painting I feel comfortable tackling myself. Or, should I decide to leave this to the pros, at least I will be knowledgeable enough to find a good local vendor.