Hi, I have recently acquired a brace of old profile spots, Patt. 23, which are in remarkably good condition except for the external paintwork. Once our current show is over, I'd like to strip them down and get them looking respectable again. I know most of you work with really high tech, state of the art gear, but there's also a wealth of hard-earned experience out there that I'd like to tap into. So here are my two questions: 1. What's the best way to remove the current paint without damaging the lantern body? Wire brush? Sand paper? 2. What would be a good paint to use and how best to apply it (brush or spray)? It needs to be something available in the UK, or available mail order from elsewhere. I've worked with very similar Strand lanterns in the past, and they were all this green, almost military, colour. I'd like to restore them to a similar appearance, but failing that, boring old black would be fine. Thanks, Dim.