i'll try to find that episode, thanks for mentioning it. also will look into kitty hair, don't have a welder
what would you recommend instead of lacquer? any ideas of what would work better?Personally I wouldn't use lacquer. In the old days it was fine. Today there are much better, more durable, longer lasting finishes.
As far as stripping or not, a good OEM finish is a good base if properly sanded. You really don't have to remove all the old paint if it's just the original w/o any paint work. If it's been painted over then strip it.