I was very pleased with the water based product I obtained from Homestead
finishing products. It is made by a company called Fuhr. It was their model
355 Acrylic finish. I has a very slight amber tone to give a little depth.
I had good success using the highest quality brush (Golden Taklon, a very
very fine bristle) on my face frames and Harbor Freight's Gravity feed HVLP
gun for the doors and drawer fronts.
Product Series #355 & #375 - WATERBORNE ACRYLIC VARNISH - A unique
self-cross linking acrylic varnish that was developed to replace the
conventional solvent based catalyzed finished used in the kitchen cabinet
industry. With proper application, this finish exceeds all KCMA testing for
finish coats. Self-sealing, it has excellent scratch, water and chemical
resistance. It features incredible "early" sandability, meaning you can sand
it in as little as 20 minutes. A slight amber tint (#355) makes it a very
attractive, non-yellowing finish for cabinets as well as all furniture
requiring a tough and durable finish. Use the water-clear version (#375)
when you want a clear and non-yellowing finish. This product provides for an
easy switch from the conventional solvent catalyzed lacquers and varnishes.
Low odor when applying. 375 is extremely user-friendly and buffs out as well
or better than traditional nitrocellulose lacquers. Both products available
in high viscosity version for better sag resistance on vertical surfaces
(#355HV & #375HV)
LOW SHEEN, SATIN, GLOSS / QUART, GALLON, 5 GALLON
(SEMI-GLOSS SHEEN AVAILABLE IN GALLON AND 5 GALLON. #375 NOT AVAILABLE IN
LOW SHEEN QUARTS)"
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker
Look at McFeely's http://www.mcfeelys.com/subcat.asp?subcat=5.5.6
Their Crystal-lac 2001 is clear, non-yellowing. Their are others too.
Typicially water based. also have the 2000 version that does have the
typical Nitrocellulose or Poly yellowing if that's what you want.