Alright here is my story. I've got a pretty beat up 2006 cobalt ls black with 136000 miles. I've got a budget of 2500. I definitely need a new hood and a paint job. I figured it would be cheaper to dip it. What color what should I do? Getting new door panels because they are pretty beat.
2007 SS/SC Lazer Blue Metallic. 2.90" pulley, 42# Injectors, K&N Typhoon Intake, Badmab Header, ZZP 3"dp, HPTuned, and Tsudo Muffler.
Plasti-Dip the whole car, maintainence, suspension rehab.
2010 Cobalt 2LT Victory red Coupe
Mods: Tinted 50% ceramic all around, factory spoiler, 2008 LE5 2.4 Throttle body, GMPP Intake, Walker stock exhaust system (back to silence), TruBendz/MBE 2.5" catted Downpipe, HP Tuners by Chenry Motorsports, Alpine CDE-151 with USB port, Rockford Fosgate 300-10
A lot of what you want to replace usually turns out to look pretty good when you really, really clean the piss out of it. Then like the door panels and carpet, remove it to do a good job. Use a power washer or the local car wash, then tuck in the frayed places, sew a few spots back up, spray a little color in spots. Polish the aluminum. Black the tires and door-window-trunk rubber. Detail under the hood. Save the money for the best oil filters, brakes, new tires etc. You'll be more proud of it than you would if you paid someone else to paint it and the money's gone, the crack in the windshield looks worse now, and that's when the a/c quits blowin' and the radiator spews green.