So, I have been considering customizing for the past few years as things oftentimes inspire me. Most recently, I became interested in Nitro Zeus, Alpha Bravo, and Solus Prime customs. I am not a 3D creator, however, all of my creativity has been restrained to text and drawings (most of it irrelevant to this site.) But I do have creative drive. Also not very much space to work (my most considered workspace at the moment is a room... with a pool table not at my house.) Or very much money. I went about reading our tutorials here regarding customs, and I found that there are still questions hanging in the air. I had thought I had a good grasp on things, but that isn't the case. Keep in mind that I want to keep things as nontoxic as possible, considering my workspace and also I intend to hand paint. What are the best brushes to use? I have a Hobby Lobby nearby, which is what I intend to use to get my supplies. I intend to both cover large areas and paint in small details. What type of sand paper should I use and where to get it? How long so I sand a part? Since I am using a brush, what are my options for primer? Is primer necessary? About primer, how would I go about doing such a thing? In fact, how do I best use my time and make sure that every surface that is to be painted gets primed and painted? Do I clean before or after sanding? I hear that Future is a good product and that it reduces brush strokes. Does this imply that I can use it as a paint thinner. I hear it's durable, so would I need to seal the paint if I use it? I hear Future makes it super glossy, but I want it to resemble a Hasbro product. Is there a way to make it less glossy? Future is a thinner, or is it not? What Pledge bottle am I looking for? I hear that it keeps changing. What kind of sealant should I go for? If I want to replicate the "Hasbro" silvers, golds and greys, what are my best and most affordable options? What brand of paints should I use as a beginner? Keep in mind what I said earlier about not wanting anything toxic. How do I clean a brush? What are the exact instructions on painting? How do I paint "a thin layer" like advised? What tools are necessary? What sizes and brands should I look for? I fiddle with and transform my toys a lot, so how do I maintain the paint, make sure the toy doesn't break and not goof up like, say, grabbing up the toy too early? I cannot watch videos because of my data speed. Oh, and they have cats. That's probably important. Honestly, as much as it would be thrilling to get into taking Transformers into my own hands, I have considered looking into commissioning so long as that it means I get the toy. Money is low, however — I actually intend to buy supplies slowly over the course of a few months. I hope this isn't considered spam-ish, but it was so different from the other thread I recently made that I figured I needed a new topic. If it's considered too much/unnecessary, may it be merged with my other recent thread?