First, manufactures do not use varnish. It's prohibitively labor intensive.
It long drying time also makes it time prohibitive.
They will use a lacquer, in many cases a catalyzed or pre catalyzed one.
Lacquer dries very quickly and several coats can be built up in a matter of
They also use some very expensive spray equipment and have highly skilled
people doing the task.
To achieve the same level of finish in your shop you are mostly going to
have to resort to rubbing out your finish.
First requirement for a really perfect finish is to make sure every coat is
perfect before adding the next. You do not want to be trying to dig out an
imperfection that's buried under three or four coats of finish.
Once the last coat is cured you start refining the finish with ever finer
grits of abrasives until you reach the gloss/sheen you desire.
IE, 220 sand paper, 0 steel wool, 00 steel wool, 000 steel wool, 0000 steel
wool, pumice, rotten stone, automotive rubbing compound, automotive
Needless to say, since the process is one of making scratches in the finish,
the more scratch resistant the surface the more work it is. Varnish can be a
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