1. Before you get stare-quality paint, you need good prep. It’s both the most expensive and most important part of the job. The guys at Elite Restoration do not scuff and shoot a car with the interior in it and the doors on; they blow it apart and take the finish down to bare metal to see what needs to be fixed. Under this innocent black primer was “about a gallon” of filler, rust, and some missing sheetmetal. But it looked good on Craigslist.