Have you talked to a paint shop about a color change/repaint? A good professional job for this may only run a couple hundred bucks. They do the prep work, correctly prime the top, mix and shoot the color, then the clear coat and properly dry it.
You could do it yourself, but unless you have done painting of larger sections in the past, the easiest way is to have it done.
Check out the Paint/Body section of the Forum for lots of information on DIY painting.