I have to do some spot repairs on the T. The current paint is in good shape, so I don't want to do a complete respray. I just need to know if I have enamel or lacquer on it. Is there a simple test one can make?
David, you could try a little lacquer thinner on an inconspicuous spot. It will bubble up enamel.
Or you cold make your repairs using enamel anyway. It will go over lacquer with no problems.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Lacquer will plug up sandpaper fast.
I've used lacquer thinner on a rag and rubbed a spot pretty vigorously. Lacquer will dissolve on the rag. Enamels or catalyzed finishes generally wont.