I have several small boxes to make. I'll be using walnut, QSWO, and mahogany. I have used spray can poly before with acceptable results, but there is a long wait for re-coating and the dry time allows dust to settle in the finish. These are display boxes and won't see regular handling, so the scratch resistance of the poly is really not an issue.
I've been thinking about using spray can lacquer as my finish. I'd start off with a coat of thinned dewaxed shellac to bring up the grain and color, light sanding with 320, then apply as many coats of finish as needed, sanding/steel wool between coats as needed.
If I understand what I have read to date, the lacquer has a faster dry time and can re-coat sooner. With poly I can do 3 coats a day with no problem if the conditions are good. However, that means two days to finish.
Can I cut down the finish time using lacquer?