I want to refinish my O.L.P. Stingray (previously metallic blue - Yuk!) in a translucent emerald Greenburst with a clear see-through pickguard/scratchplate. (see photos) Has anyone attempted this sort of stain, sunburst then lacquer type of finish? Will the wood underneath the paint be a hideous mashup of knots and blemishes? I want to see a little grain through the burst (I just want it to look a little natural as opposed to looking all flamed and expensive) any ideas, suggestions? i cant get reranch products over in my country but i can get Tamiya paints and modelers supplies e.t.c. the first picture belongs to a TB'er and is the PERFECT colour the second one is the style im going for with the maple neck, clear pickguard but itll be Green.... I have had great results doing a custom paint job in solid colours using car paints and lacquers, but im not sure about choosing staining or translucent paints????!?!?!?!?!?!?!