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Use a mild solvent like naphtha, paint thinner or alchohol for the adhesive. Just keep it way from any new paint that might be on there.
Either get it down to bare metal or scuff sand the old finish. Clean and degrease it, prime with auto type primer if it's down to metal. Remove any traces of rust of course.
The pros either powdercoat or spray acrylic urethane. I spray urethane with a gun or disposable preval. If you're not going to all that trouble and do it with spray cans then I'd probably use the acrylic laqcuer/enamel cans you see in the automotive department at wherever. 'duplicolor?' I'd go 3-4 coats of color then 3-4 of clearcoat minimum. Don't let it dry too long between coats. Each should 'eat' a little into the other for a better finish. Let it dry and cure till you can't put a fingernail mark in it. It might be a week to a month.
Tell your friend to put the paint on thin if she can. Bumps will show when you've got a shiny clearcoat over it.
Last edited by Michigan; 02-27-06 at 06:47 PM.