We are finally ready to paint our first pieces! We setup a make-shift paint booth in our carport that worked out pretty well. We decided to go with separate paint and clear-coat, and just let me say, the clear-coat is a major pain. You really have to get it on there just right for it to get the nice, smooth texture you are looking for. Instead, we ended up with lots of drips that had to be sanded and buffed out later. But in the end, we were pretty happy with how it all turned out, especially considering this was our first attempt at painting.