Hello everyone. I have a bass with a gloss finish over trans-orange, and I'm kind of sick of it. I can afford for this bass to be out of action for a while, so I was considering a new paint job. I'd like to keep the sides (and back) of the gloss finish in tact, because they are a nice deep red that I like. For the top, I have a paint job in mind that kind of has to be matte. This would be my first time working with bass finishing, but not with detailed painting in general. My questions: 1.) How would I transition from matte to gloss finish? 2.) How do you suggest I seal the matte paint? 3.) If I chose to apply a decal or sticker of some kind (I know, it sounds cheezy) rather than hand paint something, would the same sealant for '2' be safe to use over it? 4.) Is any-old-paint okay to use? (Spray-paint, oils, etc.) Or, if you could point me in the direction of an appropriate thread, I would apprieciate that too. I perhaps searched using the wrong key words. Thanks everyone!