This is very true. I've only painted 2 cars for money in my entire life, well.. aside from getting payed to do it at a bodyshop a few times.. but I will NEVER.. EVER.. do it again. It is just too time consuming and costly even if they're buying all the supplies. My tools also get worn and depreciated in the process too. On the other hand.. I just came back from the autobody supply and they had gallons of clearcoats all the way down to $49 bucks. Still need the $35 catalyst for it.. but I was shocked at how many lower budget "knockoffs" are being stuffed onto shelves these days. I had my 69' Cougar painted by Earl Scheib and it turned out great. But.. knowing their reputation for the previously mentioned hack jobs, I was already a pro-painter by then and did all the paint-prep myself before driving it over to their shop. Wiped it down with Naptha.. then taped most all of it off except the drivers door/jamb, and then final solvent wiped/tacked it right out in the parking lot. Tech drove it into the shop blind just off hand signals. Not 1 hint of overspray and last I saw that car 7 years later it still looked great. Cheap crappy single stage acrylic was chipping off the valance here and there.. but I was amazed at what that $400 bucks got me and the next owner.