Paints are just cosmetic. For that reason alone, I have zero worries about this.
They have already started designing shields and some other things. The devs are smart…there’s no way they’d forgo actual armor & clothing, just because they start accepting awesome, fun paint designs from the community.
Users have been creating mods for awhile -hoping the game would one day allow user-submitted ones like other games do. Paints are a good 1st step. Once we get rental/Creative planets, hopefully people can start creating/submitting 3D items, characters, blocks, creatures, etc. It sounds like that’s the direction they may be heading.
BTW, welcome to Boundless
Sometimes members here really push their views/preferences/theories/concerns/etc (me, included). There are a lot of smart, strong-minded, passionate people here