Yep, you need to sand down all of the seams. They are pretty sharp from the factory. That is really all of the sanding that needs to be done. I taped off the Savage symbol and the sling studs, took off the butt pad. I put about 4 coats on, one coat at a time, let dry and then sand the rough spots and then going over it again. Even after 4 coats, I still didn't use a whole can of Krylon Fusion. Some people use netting and do a camo pattern, which looks cool also. I also saw a guy use one of his wife's doylies (sp?) and it actually looked good as well. It gave it a random pattern. You can check out savageshooters.net for some pics and ideas on painting.