I've been reading through these posts for days trying to get a handle on the whole concept of finishing a guitar. From what I discovered from my research, it's a pretty complicated process. I've watched some videos on french polish and that originally appealed to me because it was a non toxic, rub on finish. I've finished non musical wood working projects in the past and always got the best results with rub on as opposed to brush or spray.
My biggest concern with french polish is durability. I plan on playing guitar and I'm not always one to treat the instrument gently. So I started having second thoughts.
I read some about water based lacquer. From what I've read you have to mix this, make sure you have the right ratio or it won't cure, get a spray booth, gun and compressor to apply it. This is all more of an investment then I am willing to make.
I want to avoid real flammable stuff as well since this will be done in my basement.
So now I am looking at the StewMac Color Tone kit. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Have people have had success with this kit, other first timers experiences?
I am a ways off of starting the finish but would like to have a battle plan in place for when that day comes.