A time or two recently, I've had opportunities to revisit my primitive painterly roots by using the types of tools and materials we used to use—the kind I learned my licks with. The new stuff is indeed better in many ways, but some rare jobs still demand lacquer primers and topcoats. If it's a repair of an existing lacquer finish, then lacquer is the way to go.
Our friend, John Fleming of Boulder City, Nevada, has a collection of nice old cars. Since friends shouldn't let friends throw their hard-earned savings away needlessly by erasing a poor old car's personality with a Resale Red paintjob, I had no choice but to thwart Fleming's twisted plan for his honest, original '57 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan. Instead I offered a proposal to extend the life of the old Chevy's factory-original India Ivory over Inca Silver lacquer. We'll deal with the rust, hail damage, and body damage, but we'll spot repair the original lacquer finish—just like we used to in the olden daze.