It will look dullish & it will look wet but not shiny(Single stage or Enamel or Eurothane now "whatever you want to call it will shine like clear coat upon application"..) basecoat is not shiny when applied. If it looks orange peely it shouldnt unless whats below it is. Hopefully whats below has been blocked with a long block for straightness. I also wonder how thick of a coat you have applied. Which could very well be the answer here since you have little application experience. Usually if you use a colored primer and sealer on a named brand basecoat like (PPG Global)(Spieshecker)(House of Color Etc...)
2 coats of base is fine. And bear in mind these are faily thin coats. You cant glob it and not heavy coats... Without colored primer/sealer 3-4 thin coats with proper flashing times between is crucial. Make sure to look at the base between coats. Upon application you'll notice its wet looking, when it looks completly dull is when its ready. When its dull you can then go back and tack off each coat apllied and still remain well within your base /clearing window. And your removing any dust or particles that may of landed during the covering.. Over spray, dirty air particles etc..
I custom painted for many years and still do on occasion. Thought Id reply to the post
[ March 01, 2003: Message edited by: augie ]</p>