Respect cannot be bought, or learned, you will have to earned it with years of doing the trade.
There use to be a good seal coating forums, called the NAPA, that had great resources, for some reason, it does not exist anymore. If anyone knows what happened to it, let me know, I'm trying to find old seal coating friends. But I guess in the meantime you can use this forum
For experience, In my opinion hands on experience is the best... I worked for a different company for 3 years before starting my own, it was the place where I learned everything, did a lot of screw up and over spray with them. Then when I started my own, I already knew all the tricks of the trades, what to do and what not to do.
Hope this helps, Cheers