I use to do a lot of painting working in a body shop part time while going to school, and got to the point of mastering the art of spraying lacquer with various thinners. But enamel I was never consistence with. Sometime it would come out smooth, high gloss, no runs, other times the car would just be a different color. I painted a lot of stock cars in enamel but save the street cars for lacquer. In another year I will have my shop finish and will start up again in an effort to complete the 1/2 dozen projects that I have stashed away. I pride myself on doing the work myself, start to finish. I would rather buy the tools or equipment required than spent the money on someone else's labor. So I guess my question is, what type of paint that is on the market today, would be the same as the lacquer paint use in the 60s and 70s. I have in mind using some sort of weld through primer or high fill primer and going over it with a color coat, cut and buff to obtain a smooth, high gloss finish. Thanks for any advice. Another item is the cost of paint these days, I use to paying $35.00 a gallon for DuPont or R&M acrylic lacquer (red other colors cost less), I guess those days are gone.