Question: I’m trying to avoid the safety and health problems associated with solvent-based lacquer, so I’ve tried spraying several waterborne clear finishes. However, none of them have the same clarity, luster, and depth as solvent lacquer, especially on figured woods. Is there a water-based clear finish that has the advantages of lacquer without the drawbacks?
-- Tom Smith , Green Bay , WI
Answer: No. In 30 years of finishing and refinishing wood...