I did some projects and of course finished them with some top coat. So far I used only wipe on or brush on methods. I worked with shellac, oils, polyurethanes (oil based and variety of water based). I have understanding of them with their pros and cons. The only thing is left is lacquer. I just can not grasp it’s specific why it is so widely used and mainly what makes it so good.
Let say oil based polys. I like that it makes wood look “wet” and warm, good protection against abrasion and chemicals, levels pretty good to get even surface. Cons, slow to cure, odor, ...
Lacquers are water clear, solvent are lighting fast to dry, so it is good for commercial use to speed up production. But water based polys have similar qualities and from what I gathered frequently more durable. Besides a lot of modern lacquers are water based, what makes them even closer to WB finishes from production point of view.
Now, would like to understand what else makes lacquer finishes still attractive? Let’s discuss is.
I am not in position to blame lacquers, just want to understand what I missed not using it.