Use your imagination
The first picture shows the car with the base coat applied. The paint looks so dull because it is dull. Base coat dries to a near flat finish … it is the clear coat, which you can see in picture two, that provides not only the protection for the paint but also the gloss.
Now … use your imagination to see picture three, the picture of the car all put together. Sigh … I must be getting old. This is the third car this week that I neglected to take the “Completed” picture. The customer picked the car up this afternoon and she had been gone about 10 minutes when I realized that, once again, I had forgotten to take a picture of the car after it was finished.
If I am this bad now, how am I going to be when I get old?