Ok so I've been working on repainting the gun for the last few days and I've managed to make it look somewhat better. $25 worth of paint supplies and over 15hours of prep and repaint over the last 2 days has resulted in this:
Top my CYMA, Bottom my TM:
What it looked like when I got it:
I think its a definate improvement, but I still think I should've never had to do this in the first place.
I know its a little bit on the glossy side, but its the only paint I could find in my town.