Alright, this is my Gibon/Epiphone Les Paul project thread. Here you will see my progress in sanding/stripping the old finish off all the way to refinishing my baby. Not too sure if this is the right place, but I wanted to document every stage of my project. Here's some pics from while I was stripping it down and getting it ready for sanding: my baby scratches on the side --from being dropped.. multiple times, while drunk sicknasty gouges in the back, must be fixed Yesterday I started sanding. Got some blisters after about an hour. Used the power sander for half an hour. Then I searched all over the shop for some coarser sandpaper. I did not find any so I called it a day. Here's what I have right now: Like I said, I began just with hand sanding today and ended up whipping out the power sander to no avail, grit was too fine to take off all the lacquer efficiently: and now I have mad blisters I'm going to the hardware store tomorrow for some coarser sand paper. Then when I have some more results I'll post em up. By the way if you want to paint your guitar, you should wrap your pickups up so that no dust gets all up in them; and for that matter you should wrap up anything electronic so as not to have dust infiltrate them. It will make it easier when you go to paint, as there wont be dust falling out the pickups.