What you can do with paint is limited by only your imagination. Ive painted cars with everything from fish scales (looks like cameleon paint) to paint dabbed on with aluminum foil and cleared). If you are interested, dont waste any money on auto painting tech schools. They dont give you anything thats used in real world except basics. Youll save a ton and get right in it if you find a custom shop where you can hire on as a helper and apprentice. First youll be taping and sanding, but then youll be spraying primers and eventually up to paint. Its not that hard and if you get really creative, you can command very large paychecks. Just pinstriping with paint can get you several hundred dollars an hour when people start seeing your work. I know one guy in eastern ohio that only does ground up restoration paint jobs and he gets an average of $25,000 per car for million dollar restorations like on old Duesenburgs, Auburns, ect.
Being in Calif is a def plus. there are tons of customs shops there.
[This message has been edited by rogergarrison (edited 10-11-2001).]