I just moved to a new town. A neighbor heard I was a woodworker and wants advice.
He has just installed a new maple railing and wants to keep it looking like it is unfinished. Naturally I would suggest water based poly, but he has actually tried it and found it scratched with his fingernail (perhaps 5 coats is excessive). I suppose I would try rattle can lacquer next, but that won't be practical for a railing with all the spindles.
Is there a water based poly significantly harder than Minwax? Is there a brushable water-white lacquer?
Please help; I need to make a good impression!