Thank you all so much for your responses, especially DadiOh! The
project is now fully sprayed and looks fairly good from about 3ft
away. The overspray was alleviated to a large extent by my technique
and the finish looks fairly even and quite glossy.
Except (there's always an exception, isn't there?) there are a few
sags. I tried to sand them clean in between coats (used my fingers to
test smoothness) but I must have not sanded quite enough. I really
don't want to lay down another finish coat of lacquer over this. I
was wondering if it would be possible to somehow sand these
imperfections flat locally and then buff the entire surface out. I am
shooting for just a nice sheen, perhaps warmish glow, not a mirror
I tried the #0000 steel wool and it takes all the shine out. Does
provide for a very even surface, color-wise though. Perhaps it is
possible to further buff the surface to achieve more shine? To do
that, what grades of sandpaper should I be looking at? Cutting
compound perhaps?? Also, how long should I wait to start this process?