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#1 posted 07-18-2017 12:12 AM

My “go-to” finish is Target Coatings’ EM6000 water-based lacquer. Since it dries in 15-20 minutes, I can spray on 4-5 coats in a couple of hours. It’s brushable, but I find spraying to be much more efficient. I also use one or two coats of Target’s EM1000 sealer under the lacquer. If I want an amber tone, I just add some dye to the sealer.

If you need more durability, like for a tabletop, Target also makes water-based urethanes and varnishes, which I have not tried. I really do like the 5 or 10 minute cleanup of water-based finishes.

The only time I use shellac is as a barrier coat when I am unsure of the previous finish. Otherwise, it’s EM6000.

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