A few months ago when I was first planning for my first re-do project (Teisco solidbody...going for a natural finish with a smooth, high gloss, crystal clear finish) some wise person on this board suggested to definitely use nitrocellulose lacquer for a hard finish. I'm only 14, but I'm no idiot, so I consulted my uncle who is an avid woodworker about using nitrocellulose. He basically said "It's gives a harder finish...But if you dont know what youre doing, don't mess with it" I stupidly opted for the Minwax high gloss water-based. That was a joke. After the lacquer dried I was left with a dull,sub-expectations finish. I managed to improve it by using a wipe-on oil-based lacquer, then using Old English polish over that to make it less sticky (even when dry..the Wipe-On in sticky as hell!). My question is...what the story with nitrocellulose??? What do most of the pros use? Also....i found it extremely difficult and time-comsuming to get a smooth finish (no brush marks, etc). ANY help will be needed, as i recently inherited a free Bradley fretless that could use a new sunburst. Thanks again, you guys/gals are the best!