Welcome to our plastic playground Richard. You'll find loads of good and helpful fellow modelers here. You should look up the TriState Model Club in NJ for some really helpful and entertaining guys who'd be more than happy to help you along in this great hobby.
After 2 years of trying, I finally won a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk promo on EBAY. i was always getting outbid at the last minute. Now I have every car for 1956. All I've got to do now is work on the 4 remaining cars I still have to finish... Chevy, Dodge, Lincoln and Studebaker and then I'll have a complete "Class of '56.
Thanks again guys. I'm still working on the engine. I haven't been putting in as much time on this as I should have been doing. I'll have to "knuckle down" a bit more on it. My original plan was to sort of replicate one of the cars customized by Barris in the movie High School Confidential...... Maybe I'll do that to another kit.
You'll want to remove any mold release agent on the parts to avoid any fisheyes in the paint or primer. Either soak the parts in a tub of Westleys Bleche White for a day (get it at an Auto Parts Store) and then rinse them with warm water and an old toothbrush, or, thoroughly wash the parts with Dawn dishwashing soap under warm running water using an old toothbrush (not too hot.. you don't want to soften or deform the parts). After they've been washed remove any "flash". Then let the parts air dry for a day, then you can prime and paint them as you normally would.