Shop trucks are cool....they definitely have their following amongst car/truck enthusiasts alike. These are trucks...they have tons of character even w/o a 10K paint job or a high $$$$$$ custom frame or even one that is bagged. But this is only an opinion of a shop truck owner.
Regarding leaving the Patina, it is bad enough to go to the local car shows with my amateur paint job among all the rest of the cars with perfect beyond belief paint jobs. But then again, maybe the Patina would have made it the most popular vehicle!
Fran painted our truck. I did the mechanical and electrical and she did the bodywork; that was our deal. Paint has orange peel and curtains in some areas. Hood doesn't fit right. Other minor issues. At least we can say we did it ourselves. I think we deserve a bit more respect than those who simply pay others to do all the work,