I use two products on my turnings a lot, almost everything gets one or two coats of the Cellulose Sanding Sealer, it has been a very good base coat, dries quickly and does not stink to high heaven
The other is the Melamine Lacquer, I have a thinned version I put on too, but mainly straight out of the can.
The lids on the cans that both of these come in are a pain, they soon get gooped up and I end up using a pipe wrench to get the lids off, not an ideas situation.
I got these two bottle things, look like honey bottles, they are actually from a sugar substitute I use in my coffee (got to watch that girlish figure of mine ). the big lids screw off and give a large opening for filling the bottles and the small lids come off with easy as well, but the nicest thing about these bottles is I can see the product, so it is easy to just put a dab on the cloth I'm using to apply the finish.
A simple thing, but I'm impressed with how well they have worked and the price was good too
Just thought I'd pass this tip along.