Hi, I want to learn some proper finishing skills. Too much hassle and disappointment with spray cans etc. so I bought a (cheap) spray gun, and will borrow my dad's compressor and stuff to re-paint my first tele body properly. This will be the story, and it begins like this: The red tele body I did last autumn. 3-piece pine. Spray can finish, you know how it looks when you just shoot it on the wood: I don't mind it looking like that, but I want to learn and don't want to build a new guitar for just practice, so I'll strip this and go from there. I will also correct some things that are a bit out of place. The old template was a bit too large in places, and the neck pickup cavity is 2 mm too far from the neck pocket, leaving a gap between neck heel and pickguard. I start with my new, better, refined template and route around so I get the shape closer to right - and save a lot of sanding! The body is also about 2 mm too thick, so to save even more sanding I used the brand new router planer jig to shave it just a bit on both sides: I filled all the screw holes, as I'm also going to change the bridge and drill string-through holes. The rest was sanding.. And now I'm outdoors, getting it smooth. I use dewaxed shellac as a sanding sealer, and need to do it a couple of times before it's smooth: Gonna need to grain fill maybe? This sort of grain gets rough after each shellac coat, and needs some careful sanding with a hard block to get it smooth: There's still some work to do to make this perfect. My plan is to do a solid red and clear on top. I'm looking at some alkyd paints and "urethane-alkyd" lacquers, now I don't know what these are called in other parts of the world, but I know they're compatible and durable products. I guess it would make sense to shoot a coat of clear lacquer and smoothen it before starting with colours, am I correct on this?