I didn't order the PE fret at the same time as the kit from HLJ. I looked closely at the pics available on the internet and I could see that the side indicator/Pagani script ovals were wrong. Also the accelerator pedal is wrong. I hope I'm not sounding too picky, but they look badly wrong to me. I wonder if Aoshima are going to correct this? If not, I hope one of the after-market PE manufacturers do. Also, a pre-cut CF decal sheet will make life a lot easier.
I have used clear laquer from an aerosol can over kit decals on a project I did over 20 years ago. I went really easy with the first few light coats and then built up with several heavier coats. Then flattened the paint so the decal edge no longer had a step, then applied a last coat of clear. It made a really cool custom paint job. The model is still on my shelf and looks perfect.
Nice progress on this Jonathan. This kit is a real gem and it looks like you're doing it justice. I'm waiting for a pre-cut CF decal sheet to become available before I start work on mine. The Aoshima PE sheet is nice, but I'm sure other after-market suppliers will be providing efforts soon.