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Well, time for an update:
Used the Sherwin-Williiams wiping stain (Cherry) and lacquered it with 12 coats of spray (also SW). I used the method recommended by someone - 1 wet coat - wait 3 minutes - 2nd set coat - wait 3 minutes - 3rd wet coat -- Next day (at least 12+ hours dry [more like 20]) and repeated 4 times for a total of 12 coats. To my inexperienced eye, looks very good. As Steve said, if it didn't need smoothing, I didn't.

I would like to ask one further question: I have a can of MinWax 'Antique Oil Finish' and was wondering if it would work being applied over the lacquer? Or would a good paste wax be better; I'd like a nice shine finish; what would be best?

Thanks for all the assistance; much appreciated.
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Well, time for an update:
Used the Sherwin-Williiams wiping stain (Cherry) and lacquered it with 12 coats of spray (also SW). I used the method recommended by someone - 1 wet coat - wait 3 minutes - 2nd set coat - wait 3 minutes - 3rd wet coat -- Next day (at least 12+ hours dry [more like 20]) and repeated 4 times for a total of 12 coats. To my inexperienced eye, looks very good. As Steve said, if it didn't need smoothing, I didn't.

I would like to ask one further question: I have a can of MinWax 'Antique Oil Finish' and was wondering if it would work being applied over the lacquer? Or would a good paste wax be better; I'd like a nice shine finish; what would be best?

Thanks for all the assistance; much appreciated.
Three minutes drying time isn't enough for lacquer. The method you used was more like a wet on wet catalyzed urethane. With that type finish it cures by chemical reactions like epoxy so it will harden underneath. Lacquer drys by the solvents evaporating and putting that much lacquer on that fast you have a lot of solvents under the surface still. It will be alright however it may take a month or more before it's cured. Just handle it easily untill it does get hard. I don't think I would have used 12 coats. Lacquer is a pretty hard finish and sometimes when you put it on thick it will crack when the wood expands and contracts.

You shouldn't use the Minwax Antique Oil Finish over lacquer. It's more similar to Watco oil finish where it is a oil/varnish mix.

I would not put any wax on your finish for a couple of months until it gets rock hard. At that time I would polish it out like you would the finish on a car. Wet sand it with 2000 grit paper and buff it with rubbing compound. I use a 7" auto polisher with a lambswood bonnet.
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