Re: Paint question.
I agree with Bikeguy Joe AND DAVID02895. Normally you would just pick the color you want and not try to affect the darkness by using a dark undercoat. With an opaque paint, 3 coats would probably totally hide any undercoat; white, black... the difference wouldn't be perceptable. But you said "cherry look and metal flake". A metal flake paint won't be opaque (or you wouldn't see the flake). So the base coat will matter.
DAVID02895's suggestion sounds good, candy red over gold. A darker gold, like bronze, might give a nice dark effect.
I think the darker you get the red, the better the gold plated parts will work with it.