I've been slinging paint on everything I could get my hands on, since I was old enough to get the cap off a rattle can. Subsequently my dad bought a lot of acetone.....
While in college, I was lucky enough to get a job sweeping the floor at a local legend's hot rod shop. On my way to becoming his painter, he taught me a few things.
1. Pay your lacky the least amount he's willing to do his best job For.
2. Good machinists never have all ten fingers.
3. Prep, prep, prep
After college, I went to work in the automotive industry(manufacturing engineer)where I spent a significant amount of time designing coating systems. After five years of that, the firearms industry called. And I went running!
Put those backgrounds together.......
We still paint a car every now and then.