It'll have a flat finish when dry enough to paint over, but if I remember right there is a time limit you should not go past before painting. I usually liked it to be dry enough to tack as it leaves a dusty film. Just follow the instructions and you'll be alright. It's been a while, but I don't remember having much trouble with velva seal. I've been a bodyman since 66 and a rebuilder since 78. If you're getting a finish that looks like sticks piled up, it's either old and a little thick or maybe corrupted with something.