Double Late with foam for Orson...!
About 85% of what goes into a paint job is prep work. The other 15% is the actual spraying and some finish up work. For $4000, believe it or not, you are not going to get an excellent job. You will get a good to very good job.
If you’re gonna keep the car, and it is worth it to have it painted (you can always send one of your kids to community college for a term or so to make up the difference), go for it. On the other hand, if you are like me and care less for the looks than the ride quality, spend the cash on suspension and other improvements and enjoy the enhanced individuality that is a old Benz....
'00 ML320 "Casper"
'92 400E "Stella"