Ok so i tried to strip down my old austin strat copy which to my dismay turned out to have a polyurethane finish. Useing extremely strong strpper, i was only able to get spots of the finish off to get down to the wood. I've sanded it all down smooth and think i have the finish off but not most of the stain but since i hear that gold top finishes show imperfections extremely well will it turn out to look like crap once i paint it?
I'd say get a good white base coat down, and then sand it so it's as flawless as possible. Then do the gold.
I'm not very active here on UG currently.
I'm a retired Supermod off to the greener pastures of the real world.
I'd fix the base surface before messing around with sanding down primer 20 times.

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