Would not suggest high build up primers or surfacers unless your trying to hide imperfections (then you might want to look for others) or body work. If you do it will reduce the highlights and details IMHO
Since these don't rust I would put off the coating until it get closer to the time. Time will just increase the time to scratch or ding the part and you'll need to strip and recoat again.
Thanks Jeff, this follows what I was thinking (putting it off, nothing easier than procrastination, right?
When the day arrives to prep, I assume there needs to primer on these pot metal pieces. What then would be a good choice and "how" then should it be done? (off the car or extensions & headlight housings bolted down to car to ensure good alignment?)
Just fielding ideas since this will be my first "concours" paint job and "painting cars" for me, though something I have done many times before, it has been many years now (with the exception of shooting some "Tractor Supply" acrylic enamel paint outdoors last fall onto my snowplow truck...bugs and all!)
Maybe a thread to point me towards on the body preparations? Now the body work itself, I have a fairly good skill with but when it comes to a sort of step-by-step process of beginning with a concourse correctly "sealed" body with all dents, dings and incorrect holes filled, everything shaped and primed, what is a good leveling process? I thought the use of a high build would have helped, notabley in the repaired areas. I understand the concept of "less is better" but I do not wish to spend 12 more years getting to the "paint" stage either.