First time using Nitro. My head is spinning after reading a number of threads on motor finishing and all the different terms, wet vs thin coats, coats vs passes, etc... Ron Korn's nitro finishing ebook helped but no completely I am refinishing a cheap Epiphone LP Jr that I am converting to a Tele bridge (inspired by the Fano SP6). So I had to patch the some existing cavities and reroute the proper one (I have some other questions about that I other threads). The body is mahogany (multiple pieces) with a very smooth veneer. The neck is mahogany with very obvious filled areas (from Epiphone). The guitar used to be black but I stripped all the black paint to the wood. I am going for a solid color (actually two colors), which is good given how many patches this guitar has. I sprayed the body with a Rust-Oleum Filler primer. It's gray and supposedly has high solids content to help fill scratches, etc... I like how the primer makes it easier to find flaws by making everything uniform color even though the sheen is flat. I sprayed a generous coat of primer, and it has a rough feel under the touch, but I went over everything with 400 grit paper and it looks almost shiny and smooth. I'm guessing the primer acts as a filler so I don't have to worry about grain filling given that it all looks smooth and almost shiny. I'm unclear on how much color to apply next. I read somewhere I want 3 coats. Is a coat 3 passes 30s to a minute apart? On a test piece one coat (3 passes) looks like it provides full coverage (that color is flat black) should I still do 3? There is a hint of orange peel with one coat, so I'm wary of doing 3 unless they will actually smooth out. I saw several schedules were it says NOT to sand the color coats. Why? I was thinking about sanding it lightly (400) and maybe do one more coat wet enough to avoid orange peel? I will also add some yellow and from a test piece I will want several coats (probably 3 coats of 3 passes each) to get the color completely uniform over the gray primer. I think I can do all 3 in a day, 1h apart? I'm even more confused about how many passes/coats to do for the clear. I think I read 15 coats? (3 passes each). And I don't want to do more than 3 coats a day? So I think this gives me this schedule: -spray primer - wait 1 day - sand primer with 400 grit - wipe with NAFTA - one coat of color (3 passes to a coat 30s+ apart) - wait at least 1h - second coat of color -wait at least one hour - for the yellow, another coat (3 passes) of color - wait at least a day - 1 coat of clear (3 passes) - wait at least 1 h - repeat coat clear / wait, 3 coats a day max - repeat until at least 15 coats of clear (5 days) - wait 6 weeks or more - wet sand 600 - 800 - 1000 - 1500 - buff with buffing compound - wax coating I'm also painting the neck, same schedule on the neck? I'm going to use a water decal, do I do it as part of the initial spraying of clear (say after the 12th coat), or should I wait until after the wet sanding and reshoot a coat or two on top of it? I read it takes 2 cans to do a body. I can't imagine I can get 15 coats (45 passes) with just 2 cans? Thanks for the help.