Thank you for the help and info harmony and nation. To answer your question “What did you use to strip the old paint?” I used vinegar to strip the old paint, as odd as it sounds.
Old time trick! Way cool!...old lacquers don’t stand a chance against vinegar or vinegar spirits....what top coat are you using? rattle can enamel? If so, just use an appropriate rattle can primer and follow the directions on the can....biggest part, have fun doing it.......Pat