Did some more work on the red parts today and partially assembled Sideswipe. The finish on the red is much better now, but still not what I am looking for. Will wetsand and add a few more coats on top tomorrow.
Also was having trouble remembering how to put him back together lol. With the help of desmond's pictures, I was able to assemble up to here. The rest will be put together when I am satisfied with the red color. I don't think it would have been this much work to get the finish I want if I didn't mess up on the base coating. Won't happen again on my next repaint!
This still needs some touching up on a few details though.