Yes the aniline dye fades very quickly. If you want a faded look go heavy with the sunbursting. When you fade the guitar the colors seem to melt together and gives a great vintage MoJo No, I used red, blue and one other color to get the cherry look. If you use just red you will get an orange look. It took me about 6 practice tops to get the color dialed in. The color blending is one of the hardest parts of the build.