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I'm just starting on my M5 journey, but for what it is worth my thoughts are as follows:
- Values are relatively low, so a repaint might not pay for itself in terms of value in the way that it might for, say, and E30 M3.
- So if you think the car is a long term keeper (it sounds like it is if you are running out of jobs!) there would be an argument for doing it as it would make you happy and might add value to the car in the long run should prices rise
- I have read that repainting is all about preparation - so the cost can be extremely variable. Get to know the bodyshop well and ensure you trust the proprietor - this is crucial as you will likely want it "just so". if you dont have a good rapport with them then this will be difficult to achieve. I had the bonnet of another car painted at a cheap local bodyshop that had been recommended to me - I really hit it off with the owner and I got the job I wanted. I found a couple of minor issues and he visitied my house to rectify them. I think this proves that the relationship with the shop is at least as important as their reputation for quality. Obviously, try and look for a referral.
- There is also the question about whether you want authentic paint from the era of the car, or a more modern type of paint matched as best they can.
Hope this helps.