I know nitro is like the thing in the guitar world but I'm going to commit blasphemy and refinish my already polyurethane coated guitar with another polyurethane finish. My American Standard has a ridiculously thick poly coat that falls off in chunks. So any natural wear just looks like crap. I've noticed that my 98' Strat Deluxe on the other hand has a poly finish so thin that if I were to accidentally scratch or scrape this thing I would see wood. I love how this finish looks and feels. It has some really nice natural wear on it that I really like and prefer over the nature wear that one might see on a nitro finished guitar. So I have a few questions and if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be great. 1) What kind of paint should I use? I'm just doing a solid black finish. 2) Is it going to be necessary for me to use a primer first. I can't see any primer under the paint of my Deluxe. 3) Who is a good supplier for polyurethane clear coat? 4) How many coats of clear coat should I do? I'm looking for as thin of a finish as possible while still having a enough poly to protect the paint. Also, there are a few spot of my standard that were banged up and the finish basically just cracked and fell off in chunks. In other words the finish seems very brittle. I've noticed that on my Deluxe, the finish almost seems soft, almost like it could be scraped off without cracking. Does anyone know how this type of finished is achieved? Is the finish on my Deluxe even polyurethane? Is it possible that its some other kind of plastic that is softer than polyurethane? I'm asking because guitar has finish that feels very different from the other. I though guitars were either finished with polyurethane or nitrocellulose. So is there another type that Fender might have used in the late 90's? Sorry for the long post. Thanks to anyone who can help. PEACE!