Nicely said because the difference is in $'sFor instance; the 40s were never super clean even new, you can see all the spot welds down the side. You have to think about what your going to want a driveway beauty (like alot of people have) or a actual working rig that you wont be afraid of.
Unfortunately the rust on a fj doesn't come from where you can see so a scuff and shoot in my mind wouldn't gain you any longevity especially if you do not remove the windows plus you will have paint lines at the edge of the rubber if you dont at least rope the seals.i live on the texas gulf and wanted to paint for rust purposes as the rig is pretty rust free right now.
I'm sure you have a beautiful paint job, and if you're happy that's what matters. that said, there is no paint job on an FJ40 that's worth 12000 dollars. With it being impossible to put over 1000.00 in paint and suppliies on an FJ40 (actually averages around 600.00), someone is really really really really really proud of their work. That's the kind of cash TLC talks about. In this economy, it's beyond the pale.done painting. I got a great deal and it cost just over $8,000 for my paint job. This includes trade for wine, which I figure has zero cost. (about 6 cases). But this is first class paint job with armacoat. 2 years ago in a good economy it would have easily been $12,000. Will be posting build up in a week or 2.