I've had one of these for about 3 years now and I've used it mainly with cellulose and acrylic lacquer with no problems at all, I make a point of cleaning the filter and the motor fan unit on a regular basis
yes,we did get them over here, I bought my mk2 new in 2006, but we didn't get some of the dream cruiser series you had over there, and you couldn't buy a mk1 convertible in RHD at all, they were only built in LHD only, we didn't get RHD convertible until the Mk2 came out, and we never got any of the turbo models at all
And on the other side of the pond, it's perfectly legal to import and use LHD vehicles over here, although the speedometer needs to be converted from kph to mph to pass it's MOT, a few members in the Cruiser club have imported a few PT Cruisers from the States, as we didn't get all the models over here I lived in ankeny, iowa for a short while in the late 90's and always wondered why the mail vans were RHD,
I have plenty of reference material on them, gathered up over the years before there was even a model kit of them, believe me, when they rolled out of the factory, the paintwork was very glossy, they did eventually go to robotic for the painting, but for years it was bladdered on with sprayguns and the people doing it didn't even wear respirator masks, the paint formulation is the same as what you would find in the paint you paint your house with, which is why the paint is labelled as "Weatherproof" not surprising after a few years every Trabant looked a little faded, I've just been contacted through my website to build one of these for a Trabant owner in Kentucky, usually my commission builds are either for model magazines or people this side of the pond.
It does say on the Tamiya website that this shouldn't be used over an enamel finish, as any overflow will be very hard to remove, your better off making a wash using acrylic paint if your using enamel paints to paint your bodies