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Zanshin, to find a place you can trust you will pay top dollar. You will be able to recognize the place when you see mirror-finished hulls around the paint building--and the paint building will be a building, or at least a large fully closed shed, because unless it is temperature and humidity controlled and fully enclosed, they can't ensure a 100% job.
The workers will be wearing respirators with positive airflow, or bunny suits. And, the prices are gonna hurt--but the shops that do work outdoors and just deal with things, are never going to give you more than a 95% job.
With any paint or ink, red does fade fastest in high UV, including sunlight. You'll want to make sure you use whatever UV protectant (aka "our special protectant never wax" haha) is available for it. And of course, once you paint you must always repaint, typically in ten years. Once you scuff any color--there's a prominent white scuff showing, where plain boring white wouldn't show it as badly. And the guys are right about those beautiful dark blue colors--dark colors make a measurable difference in temperature in the boat in the tropics.
How durable the job is, also will depend on how thick the shop throws the coating. Again, I'd guess the guys in the bunny suits probably have more training and more control over how thick the coating is--because "too thick" is probably as bad as "too thin".
Tell 'em you want to shave in the reflection from the boat, and if they don't invite you to look at three other hulls they've done right there in the yard or area that have a mirror finish--you'll know you are compromising.