Do not take the cheap route on paint job. Do it right or do not do it at all. Don't have somebody else prep it and then think you can paint it. If you ahve never painted anything before, now is not the time to start. I manage a collision center and have seen to many of these cases. They want a cheap paint job and then they cry when it does not look like any of the cars in the magazines. I am begging you and please take my professional advice. Prepare to pay a lot of money 3-5k for a quality, professional paint job or do not do it at all. A B.S. paint job is the worst thing you can do to your car becasue it takes a lot more work (and money) to redo it.
Yes The Paint Job Is Only As Good As The Prep Work, All The Prep Has To Be Perfect If You Want It To Look Great, I Say You Have The Guy Who's Painting It Do All The Prep...then Its His Bad If It Looks Shitty...gl