I have heard a lot of the same information that is being mentioned above as well. True - everyone wants their entire system to be painted, however, the risks and time associated could effect that desire.
I am just going to get the lid painted. That's ok with me because the system is actually stylish (in my eyes) compared to the bulky systems I had with the EX7 and GX7. I loved them - but they were so blah... so the paint gave them character. The slim style of the CX7 is great and adding color to the lid just adds that much more.
Good info on the paint jobs. I believe they were similar to what Hyper was listing.
Yang88She... not sure how much of a down time there is, but I would assume probably a week. May be overkill, but there is obviously curing that has to be done. But smooth would be the best place to get that answer, unless it has already been found.