Tell us what your finishing. I try to stay away from spay finish. My garage/shop is dusty and I don't have a dedicated spay environment. I get great results with straight hand rubbed Tung oil straight from the can. Also, Minwax put out a hand rub polyurethane that is good. Just take a rag and rub the stuff on. Take another rag and rub off the excess so no drips. Dry - sand lightly - do it again. Of course if you want to paint a toy box red its a different story.Can anyone suggest what kind of finish to use for a first time. I would like something that is easy to apply. Something that is very forgiving. I never sprayed finish before. I have an HLVP unit and am finishing a vanity. Thanks for any help.