Well, even though the voting for the color was mostly in favor of the red (2/3 in favor), I just couldn't take it. Even more reason for me to never ask questions like that, I always end up doing whatever I want anyways. Thanks for all those that voted, its just a personal choice to go with the satin black.
When I sanded the red paint down I did go through to the primer here and there. This was intentional. My main reason for the red paint is to have a color change when the black starts to wear through in areas over time. I didn't want a build up of many coats of paint. So, now that the chest has been sanded down and cleaned I will start the process of putting two coats of black on before I install my hardware.
Stay tuned for information on my hardware. It did arrive the other day from Horton Brass. They were a little delayed in my shipment because the mortise lock had to come from England. But, the hardware is well worth the little extra money and the wait. Never chince out on hardware, that's just stupid.
More updates this weekend.