cuz I just heard about a incredible method of putting a finish on wood. And for me, that automatically meant "BASS" I wanted to have the brass bridge on my Kawai refinished and looked up a local powder coater. For those of you that aren't familiar, powder coating is sort of like painting but much tougher. Usually a metal piece is cleaned and hung to spray. An electric lead is attached to the piece to give it a negative charge. A special gun is used that sprays a super fine powder of granulated epoxy and imparts a positive charge to the powder. Then, as junior high science tells us, opposites attract and the powder sticks to the negatively charged piece. Then the whole thing goes in an oven and is baked so that the powder melts into a homogenous coating. When cool it is extremely hard, tough, and very very shiny. No runs, No drips, No errors. This process is generally used on automotive items for custom cars and the like. My powder coater guy tells me that they can now powder coat WOOD!!?? I was intrigued. He tells me that he would put a special coating of "something" on the wood to make it take a charge and then spray the powder. This is a special powder that melts at a lower temperature than the usual stuff and voila - a hard, tough, shiny finish on wood. This stuff is NOT inexpensive - it's sold in 250 lb. lots at $10.00 per pound. I would think that a clear powder would be the first to try but you can have a lot of other colors and finishes like "hammered bronze" and some other metallic type coatings. I am still intrigued and will try to get some more info when I see this guy next week.