WOW! Just saw the car. It's tucked in tightly between cars, so it's hard to get good photos. But the paint finish looks amazing! The depth of colour and amount of blue in the paint blew me away. They've gone around with some 2000 grade wet & dry and taken out any minor imperfections, and will then polish it. Currently preparing the doors, and will then do all other parts such as mirrors and door handles etc. I'm so glad I did the turret now, I very nearly didn't!
Meanwhile I've pretty much finalised my parts order that I will post later - it includes two new headlight covers (I spend the weekend cleaning mine up with wet & dry and polishing them and they were 80% better, but ended up deciding to replace. I found new ones from turnermotorsport.com for $200 USD for the pair. I've also got 4 broken adjusters that I'm fixing at the same time.
Cost? Well remember that insurance covered both sides, and I didn't pay to strip the whole car back. The panel shop have also done a stack of extra work for me free of charge - all I have paid to strip was the front guards and bonnet. Having said that, cost is just over $7,000 AUD (including an OEM new front bumper bar as mine was cracked) plus whatever my parts bill ends up - I'll post later. But I was in one of those situations where the sides were being painted anyway and the rest of the car was not perfect, so it was "now or never" to do the whole lot once and for all. Also consider the car's now probably worth $50,000 AUD. I have no intention of selling it, and it's no longer a daily driver.
I figure I'll have forgotten the cost in 12 months - but will now always have a perfect carbonblack M5!