I've never been much of a guitar customizer (I still don't claim to be), but I finally stopped merely wishing for a certain color, and got off my duff and painted my Strat myself. Stratocasters, unlike the Gibson ES-345 I own, seem to beg for you to modify them. The guitar in question is your typical Made-in-Mexico Strat from 1996, which I bought used about 8-9 years ago for $200. It was sunburst, which looks pretty, traditional, and classic, but I wanted a bright color. The 1980s Pat Benatar video "You Better Run" has the lead guitarist using a light purple Strat - and that was my target color. A trip to Home Depot yielded only one kind of purple spray paint - Rustoleum Grape in gloss finish. I used that and then applied some no-name clear coat that my mother-in-law (yeah, we live with her, but it's good...haha) had recently bought. The clear coat came out in a very matte finish. I only applied three coats, and I'm not sure if I needed to apply more and then try to finely sand it to get a glossy mirror finish, but I liked the result and just stopped there. The finish isn't perfectly even as you'd expect from a pro, but again, it's pretty darn decent. The shade definitely varies depending on the ambient light. IN these photos, it looks more lavender. It gets more bluish in cooler light, of course. So, all who hate what I did can look away, but I'm digging it. Not sure if I want to change any hardware or not.