Re: So I started a new OMC guitar build..have a question.
And when you take the tape off anything you've cracked will pull off with it.
Much will depend on how hard the clearcoat is. Hard is brittle, soft isn't. If it's hard, I drill a small pilot hole, then drill a hole bigger than the size of the screw thread, just through the finish [if you did any deeper the screw would be worthless sitting in a hole]. If you're smaller than the size of the screw when you screw it in, the force of the screw will chip it, if the clear is hard. Soft finishes like nitro and this isn't a problem, but that's not what it'll be finished in. Automotive clears are hard and brittle.
Work slow, let the bit do the work, do not put pressure on it or you can catch the clear with the but edge and rip a chip off.
Drilling the pilot holes before you clear will help you locate after, but the clear will fill in, you'll need to redrill.