So this is where it stands: I have a color coat on the body that went down just fine, only I couldn't avoid all the dust flying around my basement. I'm waiting two weeks for it to gas out, then I'll wet sand and try another coat outside.
Even though I prepared the hood the same way, with the same paints, my white base coat crazed in spots. After stripping, washing, and avoiding primer, the white base coat crazed even more. I'm going to try Tamya Surface Primer, since I can see the crazing in the plastic itself. The next car I do, I'll start with the body first, since I could be putting together other components while I wait. Spring cleaning will be taking on a whole new meaning this year as well, in an effort to tone down the dust & organize a better bench area.
I used way too much white glue for the headlight lenses, but the good thing is all but one of the lenses dried clear. I still have a white, bubby mess behind the passenger-side, inboard lens.
Eh, live & learn. I still enjoy the time I get to work on it.
Hints, tips & constructive criticism are welcome.