Both have their ups and downs.
But at least from a painting perspective the variables are often fewer and the results much more apparent in a shorter amount of time. Both options can be potentially destructive, so it takes a very special case for me to want to go either route. But, if I was looking at a case like this (which I've since given away to a local friend) I'd go the paint route without hesitation.
Retrohax out of Poland has come up with 3 different spray paint colors ready to go. They are not "normal" prices for a can of spray paint, but the color guesswork has at least been removed from the equation and they are even open to creating future colors based if enough requests are made.
There is Commodore 64C /64G Beige color option.
There is an Amiga 500 color.
And there is even an Atari ST/XE color.
However, there are two issues as of September 2, 2020.
1) It's pretty pricey. $28/can is over 3 times what a can of Krylon costs in the US (and there are some shades that are quite close depending on the part/case you're aiming for). Is this paint that much better? Possibly. He did actually have the paint manufactured to his specs, which is pretty impressive.
2) But more importantly, as of right now it's only being sold within Poland.
I'm guessing that will get sorted out, but how much might it cost to ship 1 can of spray paint (or two) half-way around the globe? Unless you live in Poland, it might not make a lot of sense. But believe me when I say there are some options out there closer to home that can indeed produce pretty impressive results.Due to flight restrictions of pressurized materials, shipping ONLY TO POLAND – please contact us if you want to get this product.
We are currently working on a new shipping solution.
Before you run off to Ace Hardware or your local model shop (if your town even has one anymore) I'd recommend checking out the excellent post by Retrohax on how to do the paint job in the first place. It's a very nice step-by-step guide with pics.