Starting here because..well, it's been nearly 30 years since I've done aibrush. What I want to do: Primary goal: Ground aluminum art pieces colored with "candy" paint. Secondary goal: Not spend every dollar I have doing so. What I have on hand: -2' x 2' sheet of Lowe's Hardware Aisle Aluminum -4.5" angle grinder -a can or two of Dupli-color paint that claims to be candy What I would *like* to know more about: - An airbrush similar or better in quality than the VST I originally learned on. I am hoping that after 30 years that technology has improved and that what I learned on is now surpassed by the low end products, but I'll be interested in knowing. I prefer dual action, but being that I'm going to work in the 24" range having the ability to change nozzles to cover varying sizes of paint would be helpful. -A mobile compressor that will do the job well. I have a "pancake" Hitachi compressor in storage, but where I am able to work, and where I would be able to keep it is a problem. (more on that below). So a small compressor of good quality that can easily be moved and doesn't take up much space is not a huge issue, but I know nothing of what is available today. -I've watched a number of videos, and my head is now swimming with names and numbers of all the various chemicals needed to do things like clean the aluminum to prep for paint. clear coats that apparently help paint stick. clear coats that go between paint color coats. Sealants. Polishes, etc. Ultimately, I'd prefer to use things that will work for the specific application I have in mind (meaning working with ground aluminum and candy paints). -Safety. If I need one type of mask for grinding aluminum, and another for spraying the paints, etc., I'd like to know the best options there. -How to deal with temperatures above 80F (reason below). The "below" part: Due to my current living situation, my current work space is..outside on the back porch. This is fine by me, as it's good ventilation, and I love being outside. The downside is ...I live in Las Vegas. It is currently 7:14pm, and 112F outside. Last night at 2:30am, it was 90F. Most of you who are familiar with painting will note that this is moderately above the suggested operational range of paint use. Is there anything at all I can do to overcome this? I don't mind turning on the lights and painting at 2am (it shouldn't be 90F all the time), so long as the air compressor is quiet, but it's kind of difficult to escape the heat here. and yes.. I tend to be verbose. I don't expect a long highly detailed response (not that I'd turn it down), but if people do know of guides or tutorials that will help, I'll take that route (though I'm sure I'll be back asking questions to make sure I understand what I've learned). Thanks!