£1000 will be a 6 foot respray.
Over the years, I had 3 cars cheaply painted. A red one cost me £800. Looked fine. That was through Autolink, who put me in touch with a sprayer working at the local Vauxhall garage. Sold the car after a couple of years, so didn’t see how long it would have lasted.
Second onewas £1100, but that included painting a GRP front. Used MNS in Nuneaton. Still have that car, and many years on, the paint is still ok, though since then, I’ve had repairs, and as its a Montego Blue, is looking a bit piebald.
Third car was a S-Limited, also used MNS. £1200, as he had some repairs to do on the rear quarter, plus had to remove a lot of hail damage
For a cheap repaint, you won’t get bare metal, doors off, glass out job. Where it will be telltale is around the glass rubbers; over the years, the paint will shrink away from the rubbers. As an owner, there is a little bit you can do in the prep, not so much to save the sprayer time, but enure that you get the best paint job done possible. Take off the bumper reflectors, headlight shrouds, radio aerial, accessory grills. At least then you won’t get overspray on those. With a NA, I would want to be 100% certain that the sills and arches are good before starting; no bubbling rust, no bulges on the wheel arch lips. Otherwise in 6 months, you’ll be painting again.
EverythingMX5 in Romford for years did a £850 MX5 respray.
Don’t know if they are still in business. I think those that got it done were pleased. It won’t be concours, but it will be nice enough, especially if you are just sticking to the original paint code, and set your expectations.
Everytime I got one of these paintjobs back, I felt pleased, felt like I was getting a new car.