I bought a cheap squire Tele several years back, but following a “relic” session that went wrong(!) I decided to strip the finish. No paint stripper touched the surface, so eventually I persuaded my mate Jez to do it with his fancy-ass tools. The result is really smart (to my eyes), even more so when I ditched the naff scratchplate. I add some wood polish to finish it off. Wired back up, restrung & it’s ready for a gig tonight.
Only pity was I couldn’t see anywhere obvious to add a kill switch!