I started out a few months ago with the intent on doing my own paint job. A noble idea for sure, but not a practical one for me. I did start sanding and did a good portion over about a months period. I finally decided that I wanted it painted sooner than later and went ahead and drooped it off at a local Maaco shop. For 500 bucks, it was totally worth it to me. It's guaranteed for 4 years and the paint job looks nice. It's not perfect and they could use a lesson in 'attention to detail,' but still happy with the end result. My only real gripe is when I picked it up, they were going to let me drive off without putting the stuff they took off, back on (license plate, windshield wipers, antenna, turn signal covers and hood latches). I had to go back in and request it be done. Someone had to stay past closing time and take care of the problem, but I did get a couple beers out of it while I waited.
Don't have after pics yet, but i will.