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Hi there, First up and I'm a bit of a novice, thought I have previously done a paint job on a les paul to make a replica of Zakk Wylde's Rebel guitar (burnt, bottlecaps n'all) - which looks pretty decent! I've now acquired a Danelectro DC59 which was maroon and came with a nasty hole in the body. I repaired the hole in the body and have resprayed the guitar matt black (nice and smooth) and now I've got to the stage where I need to varnish/lacquer the guitar - which is proving a bit trickier than I'd hoped for! When I did my previous guitar, which was red/white/blue. After painting, I applied several coats of Plastikote clear acrylic (matt) spray to the body, which seemed to do the job really well. But the finish on this guitar doesn't appear as smooth and there seems to be a bit of an 'orange peel' effect on it. This guitar is a matt black finish (Halfords spray paint) which I guess is a lot less forgiving and shows up any blemishes a lot more. As well as the Plastikote, another varnish I have and have tried is a can of Dulux clear matt varnish spray. This seemed to leave more of a speckled finish. Note: between using the Plastikote and Dulux, I have sanded back and even respray the guitar so I wasn't mixing the two. From what I've read the trick to get rid of this is after applying the lacquer/varnish, sand the body with wet & dry paper and then use steel wool to smooth it out. And repeat a few times. I've done this with 400 grit wet & dry paper, then wiped down/dried the body and then went over it with some fine steel wool. The finish does feel lovely and smooth but it does have lots of small scratches on the body (image attached). I'm going to buy some 0000 steel wool from town just incase what I have is a little too heavy but I'm not sure if I'll end up with the same result? The scratches do look worse in the attached image, the spot light really emphasises them. In reality you do have to have it in your hands to see the find marks. I'm not apposed to sanding down the finish and applying another coat of matt black paint and varnishing again ...but I've already done this! And I'm a bit concerned I'll end up with the same result and it'll be a never ending circle and I'll never get it finished! I'd really appreciate some help on this if anyone can and I'll get back to you with any extra information you need. Thanks in advance, Ste