I've been looking for a utility pickup for a while, and recently found a deal on a low-mile 2WD 4 cylinder 2004 fleet model Ford Ranger. Mechanically it was in decent shape; just needed ball joints, endlinks, and a muffler. The interior was trashed, when I bought the truck I just about couldn't see the floor through all the cigarette butts and fast food wrappers. There were 12 pine tree air fresheners on the mirror! A through teardown and power wash took care of that, and now it looks (and more importantly smells) clean inside. I'm glad it had the rubber floor instead of carpet. Now that the running gear and the interior are under control, I'd like to do something about the exterior. It's currently 4-tone white; with areas starting to yellow, some clearcoat falling off, some mismatched spraypaint on the bumper, and heavy sun damage and chipping on the hood. No significant rust, and the body panels are basically straight. What's the best way to apply a decent-ish paint job for cheap? It doesn't have to look new, or even good, but I'd like the whole truck to be one color and look fresher from 50 feet away. I'd love to make it bright red instead of utility white. I know how to do a good amateur paint job, and am familiar with how to prep, mask, and remove trim. I also know how to do a horrible paint job, as we used to paint my dad's roofing trucks with house primer and a roller. I want something between those two extremes. Is it as simple as scuffing the existing paint, cleaning with thinner, and then hitting the whole truck with Rust-Oleum red out of a power painter?