jeff, lacquer is probably the most forgiving finish to spray...even an inexpensive gun will do well and quite a few of the gravity fed hvlp set ups will run off a buzzer type compressor. after your stain/dye routine hit `er with sanding sealer thinned 50/50 for a few coats then lightly scuff with worn 220, repeat untill the surface looks like glass, then apply 2-15 coats of whatever sheen topcoat you like. be sure to thin the topcoat too, i usually start about 80-20 depending on weather, in the high heat/humidity we`re having now 70-30 might be a better starting point but it ain`t rocket science.
good luck! tod
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