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Hi Tazzy - you didn't say it was already painted. The most likely problem is that is was polished using a car polish and most will contain silicone - thats probably where the prob started. All the rubbing down in the world won't shift the darn stuff - it needs to be cleaned first -before attempting any work. Give it a goood heating up with a hairdryer a few times that will ensure the paint is hard right through - you can then start from scratch - prime it first ensure it is hardened - rub down very lightly with 400 or finer paper and then apply colour coat ,building it up in layers until it looks even in colour and texture. When hardened apply the laquer coat again take you time - spray on in light coats building it up until you have a nice finish - resist the temptation to lay it on thick - it will only run. Warning do not rub down the colour coat before applying laquer. I know it can be a long slow process for the DIY'er. We dont have the equipment or the accelerators available to the profesional. Paintin gin a warm dry atmospere wil make it much, much easier.
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