Yesterday evening, I gave myself a reason to refinish my SX. I was (trying) to wire a kill switch on it when I dropped the iron and solder on the body. It left a big ugly mark on the finish The wood is untouched though and I was planning to refinish anyway... I just needed the push to do it. I sanded the imperfection and noticed that the finish is not nearly as thick as what I have seen fom other companies, namely Fender. I was able to reach the poly sealer while hand sanding in a few seconds with 120 grit ! Not that it won't take forever for the cutouts but I'm not in any hurry... Right now I'm weighting my options. My preference would've been ReRanch, but I'm in Canada, so that is out. That leaves two options since I don't have any sprayign equipment: a) Staining b) Solid colour I've heard people say good things about water-based stains on guitars and after looking at the grain beneath that okay burst job, I'm impressed with Rondo. The alder is something to behold for a 100$ bass. I haven't finished, but the top seems like it's in good shape, altough it is numerous pieces. I remember my grandfather using Saman water-based stain with success https://ssl.sogetel.net/aquashine/boutique_en/boutique.asp?Cat=2&#Categorie. They have a nice palette and their Whitewash would do a (very) poor man's, but cool nonetheless, Mary Kay White. My schedule would be to whisk the wood, sand very smooth, stain, apply Tru-Oil, apply wax and buff. Not a lot of protection, but it'd do: I also don't want a thick, wet, armoured look. This is not my main bass and will not become so, since it is now fretless so any concerns about holding up are not a priority. Ease of application is though. The other option is Dupli-Color or Krylon, basically automotive touch-up paints. I went to Crappy Tire and they had a plethora of spray paints and some Ford colours seemed appealing. But this route has some problems, namely the need for a sand and sealer, wich I cannot find anywhere and compatibility issues between what I'll be able to cobble up togheter (sealer, paint, top coat). Dupli-Color had sandable primer, but since this is intended for metal use, I'm wary about it's performance on wood. You can see it here: http://www.duplicolor.com/products/premium.html. I have heard about dewaxed shellac, but was not able to secure any. Please guide me TB.