After watching this forum for the several months I guess its time to jump in and introduce myself. For three months I have been gathering equipment from my home state of Texas to start a media (sand, soda, glass, etc.) blasting business part time. I have also been gathering "knowledge" from this site and must say it is the best place on the world wide web to do so. I purchased a Marco sand blaster and a Surface Tech multi media blaster used but in great shape. This all started a couple years ago when I began restoring a 1951 model pickup and was looking in my area for someone to soda blast it. I soon found that there was more demand than supply, another words no one was doing anything but sand blasting. I presently have a well established business that has nothing to do with blasting but I could see the need so I am building a shop on a major highway and plan to do blasting on site 1-2 days per week starting out. I have some experience with the soda and other material but know very little about the sand part of it. It didn't take long to realize that I had found the perfect website for blasting, there are some real knowledgeable people on here, or they put on a great front! If this works out like I think it will I would eventually like to incorporate some painting along with the blasting. Any ideas, comments or suggestion would be greatly appreciated and I hope to become a regular on here with plenty of questions.