Stu and Tod gave you some good advice. I agree with both. I sand to 220 and don't hardly ever go higher. I use the rattle can lacquer that Stu talks about either in gloss or satin but I don't sand inbetween. I use synthetic pads to get most of the imperfections out. My preference is satin. After most generally 5 to 9 coats I then beall buff thru tripoli, white diamond and then I do something a little different. I use clear shoe polish, let dry and then buff it lightly. All it is, is waxes. Mostly carnuba wax. I watched Cindy Drozda and Bonnie Klien use it. Works great.
One word of caution is if you do buff your work keep it moving and don't put tom much pressure against the wheel. If you don't keep it moving it will heat your finish and cause you some big problems. Then as Bill G. would say "bad words will be said."
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