Since getting back into modeling I have been watching a few videos on youtube on the proper way to get paint to shine on a model car.
The spoon on the left is simply two coats of Model Master spray lacquer from a can with a coat of Future clear.
The spoon on the right is two coats of the same paint, wet sanded with 4000, 4500, and lastly 6000 grit sand cloth. I used some plastic polish after cleaning, then a coat of Future.
It doesn't really look that different in the photo, but in person the difference is stunning. Notice the overhead lights reflection in the two spoons. On the left are just light blobs, while on the right each light can be seen individually.
I'm really pleased thus far and can't wait to try this on my two cars for an upcoming campaign on AutoModeler!