Originally Posted by reddogbass
The "sandpaper" type finish you describe is either dust in the finish, or most likely sprayed very dry.
Personally I like a wet color coat, and then sand before the application of the clear. Then wet clear coats, with as few as possible to obtain the desired finish. The reasoning is that- the thinner the finish, the more durable, and more resistance to chipping.
I do all the "bodywork" in the primer stage, and don't try to use the color and clear coats for filling.
Having known the original Painter for PRS (when he was small)...Reddogbass knows of what he speaks...also having once had a Harley Shop, that's how our Painter always approached it....