Pete I would agree with Cody that you need to apply till it won't take anymore then let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Wipe off the excess and I always let mine dry for 24 to 36 hrs. Then I apply again in the same manner. I will do this for 3 coats and after it sits a week or so depending on temp and humidity then buff. Don't try to put lacquer over it or yep it will turn goopy big time. Now Poly will be ok if you let it dry for 2 or 3 days. I have put gloss poly on and had good luck.
Another product I use for bowls that will be used at the table is Arm-R-Seal and Seal-A-Cell. You put the Seal on first again you saturate it and after a 10 minutes or so wipe it down. Let this dry 24 hrs the top with the Arm. I generally use 2 or 3 coats. We have a bowl my wife use for veggies and gravey that has been used a year now. It still looks good but it is not your shiney mirror finish.
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