Then I suited up and sprayed the first, very light coat. A few hours later, once it was dry, I went back and touched up some of the black areas - the acidic clearcoat compound easily eats through the decals, so you have to barely mist it at first.
The second coat went on a bit thicker, but my gun was clogged and I had to get a new one.
The third coat went on thick, but something else went wrong and the finish was marred by a few dozen pockmarks, caused by moisture or dust or something in either the compound or the air line. I immediately filled the divots with an eyedropper and they turned out okay.
Finally, I had enough stuff left for a light topcoat and this one yielded thousands of pockmarks - an evenly pebbled surface. I hereby concede that I am terrible at clearcoating and will avoid it in the future at all costs. I can sand the pebbling down when I reach the polishing phase, so it's not a big deal.
For now, though, the results are too embarrassing to post in photos and the clearcoat requires several weeks to cure before I can sand or polish.