Weighing out the possibilities. First things first, it has to look decent and be CHEAP. As I was searching for paint and such. Rustoleum seems to be the prime choice when doing a DIY cheap paint job. It covers well, supposedly holds up well, is inexpensive with a decent array of colors to choose including some metallics. I've always used higher quality automotive paint but with a little researching, I can still do a nice job with these less expensive paints, whilst it still being able to hold up to the normal weather abuse automotive paint endears. Again, a little research and many people have used it with good results and it can't come out much worse then the ugly scratched paint I have now. Granted it won't be a show quality finish but like I said, better then what I have and for the price it can't be beat. Back to my actual question. Since I want a mostly complete color change. I'm trying to figure out how I can paint the engine bay without removing the engine. I've always skipped that step and left the engine bay whatever color the car originally was.. It's not a honda and it's a royal PITA to pull the motor I'm still undecided on the color, but if I do decide to go with a much lighter color, it's going to look like complete shit when I open the hood or clash with the color I chose...as an example, let's say I paint the car sunrise red, the hunter green engine bay will clash undoubtably. Honestly, if worse meets worse, then I'll just deal with it or mask off the upper half and spray it as well as I can. I also need some suggestions on decent body filler for the dings and such. Years ago I had gotten some stuff at a local autobody shop for my 79 Rabbit. I saw the car a few months aho and the stuff is still holding up well, never cracked or shrunk. I just can't remember what it was called and that shop is closed now. Lastly, let's hear your suggestions on a color for the Audi, I was looking in the area of black, sand, or a gunmetalish. There is a small possiblity of me painting it red, but odds are I won't.