A couple of years ago I got it bad for a 2014 Vegas Gold Sparkle Baja. I waited for a long time for one to come up for sale but they never did. Figuring I'd have to make my own eventually I bought some Roth products to do the deed. Of course the day they arrived I scored the Baja of my dreams on the 'Bay and the spray cans went down in the basement... Fast forward to last fall when I made my first body from scratch but to do it I made two bodies at the same time - one was the guinea pig that I'd try new stuff on and the other was the real deal. The real deal came out great. The pig came out almost great but still good enough and, because it was lightweight, I decided to hang on to it and build it out one day. Now that my basement is nearly done and I have another build that will need finished soon I thought I'd dig up the spray bombs and use the pig for practice. Once done I'd be able to settle the age old question which is the title of this post! Step one is the prep. You need a flat surface for metallic and flakes as any wrinkle or wood grain will show right through. Since this body had a lot of deeper grain as well as some voids I filled a lot of it with automotive spot putty first. Here it is sanded back. Spot putty is like super thick lacquer. It doesn't shrink and sands very smooth with no air bubbles. But you don't use it as a fill or it will shrink down a bit. I had a knot hole that needed filled but I packed it with sawdust and CA first so the spot putty only smoothed the top. You can also see a divet from a clamp that got filled as well as grooves from just sliding around the bench. Next step was primer. I used SEM high-build in white. This stuff lays down thick and sands really nice wet or dry. You can see the fine powder from sanding here. Note that ridge at the neck pocket from the routing - I'll have to fix that! In the right light I could see that I needed more filling. I was hoping the primer would fill the grain in one step but it was not to be. Yuck! Spot Putty Extravaganza! This may look like a lot but I'll sand off almost all of it. The back wasn't as bad.. I didn't take pics of the sanding back the spot putty and shooting another layer of primer. Here is the second coat of primer getting sanded back with a block. It is very important to use a block if you want to get a truly flat surface! Never use your fingers alone or you will make grooves all over the place. I use this little rubber sanding block for the sides and curvy areas. It's the cat's meow!