Simple Black Finish
I've done quite a bit of looking here and elsewhere to no avail, just looking for a sort of definitive answer to an issue: As a clarinetist, I've made some simple wooden boxes with a piece of glass lining the bottom interior to store my reeds (I know that might seem like a strange visual...just search "glass reed cases", you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about). I make them simply out of 1/4" birch plywood, and just want them painted or lacquered black. My issue, I'm looking to figure out the most durable finish for this wooden case which will be carried around in bags, backpacks, instrument cases, etc. Not to be used or roughed around by 6th graders, but used by college students or pro musicians who may still travel frequently with these cases. They need to be painted opaque black (i.e. a very dark stain will not work), and any finish from satin through gloss is acceptable. I've tried Rustoleum black lacquer, it provides a nice finish but really refuses to harden completely if it's too thick, which is hard to control from a spray can. I've tried quality black paints with acrylic sealers, but these are just not usually durable when it comes to being transported around in an instrument case with other papers and equipment. Any finish ideas or techniques I'm not thinking of? I'm really only familiar with stains and oil finishes, so this is not at all an area I have an experience with. Thanks for any input!