I have a 1984 MIJ Squire Strat that has been my go-to guitar for the last 10 years. Sadly, the frets are so worn down it has been more of a wall decoration for the past few years. I've been nervous about handing it over to someone for a refret. So, I got some fretwork under my belt with my RG and started buying tools here and there. It took a couple attempts and a lot of work but my RG turned out fantastic so I finally tore into the strat.
I tried to get a good picture of the fret wear.
This neck used the more traditional smaller fretwire. You can see the frets are very flat.
Here I have the frets removed with no chip outs or damage to the finish. I scored the lacquer around the frets and pried the frets out with a milled flush pair of end cutters.
Originally, I only planned to refret the neck. I then decided to flatten the radius to 14". So the refret project became a refinishing poject. Here is the neck fretted with 6105 warmoth frets. I made my own fret press rig to use stewmac's brass inserts. For this neck I used a 12" radius insert with a small drop of superglue on the each end of the fret slot.
Initially, I copied the original fretwork and started dressing the fret ends with a 35 degree angle. I thought that looked a little too lazy, so I spent a lot of time rounding them out. This allows more room between the string and the edge of the fret board, looks better, and feels smooth.