Now I feel like an idiot. I'd forgotten that I'd seen this advice from you before and even took a bunch of used dryer sheets upstairs to the model zone to use in this capacity. Then I found myself asking, "Why did I bring up all these used dryer sheets?" Mystery solved!
Okay, that might not work. Anyway, I certainly share your love of guitar. I've had many over the years, some good, some great, some pretty crappy, but am now down to the two that can be seen in this photo:
The acoustic in the background is a 1968 Gibson J-50 and the one I'm holding is a DeArmond X-145. In recent years I sold off all my electrics: two Fenders (Strat and Tele), another DeArmond (Starfire IV), and a Les Paul Standard, as well as my 1960 Fender Tremolux amp.
Jeremy, I've got some real bad news for you: That guitar has been recalled and it could be dangerous, lethal even, if you so much as strum it. So you should pack it up and ship it to my address. That may sound unusual, but I'm handling the recall for Fender in this case. I'm glad we caught this one before disaster had a chance to strike!
I'm going to disagree with Foxer. Wal-Mart sells (or maybe sold) paints under the name "ColorPlace" that were about 96 cents a can and the color range was limited it included a very nice gray primer that goes on in very light smooth coats. I use it for everything except bodies because I like Tamiya's primer better for that purpose. Those cans have a label that is mostly blue with five little overlapping circles of different colors, presumably showing the various possible applications of the paint, in a design that can only be called retro. There seems to have been a change to a new line of paints called "HomeShades" with an updated label design that is mostly white. These paints are a little more expensive, at least locally, but seem to be the same paints in the same color range. This new type also has a gray primer, a can of which I'm looking at as I type this. I can't discern any difference between the two gray primers and I'm assuming it is just a matter of repackaging an old product line.
Congratulations. Those two are great kits of really cool subjects. I'm currently finishing up a Stratos and have a couple of backups in the stash. And I went through a period of acquiring as many of the HiAce Quick Delivery kits as I could lay my hands on: I love that thing for some inexplicable reason.