I agree with this entirely, the idea being that perhaps our friend should just save up the cash for such a powder-coat if that price is available for him. (BTW, it isn't for me here in Japan. The frame has to be sent south from Sendai to Osaka and the cost is more expensive than spray ... over US$200! ... the reason I've repaired paint rather that replace it.) On the other hand, if he understands that intensive labor and very shrewd purchases of materials can produce the beautiful result of bikenut's project, he has informed options. (Congrats Andy fantastic ... and what is the frame, and is it an SS/fixed bike?)A $125 powdercoat could be cheaper, faster, and protect the frame better.
So tmoneygetpaid, there are the options from some guys who know (better than I).