Originally Posted by Rossue
Catalyzed varnish is what ETI's cabinet maker told me they use.
That's typical of cabinet makers. Sometimes they use Lacquer. Neither finish is for the novice, because it requires an HVLP setup, a spray booth and a mask.
For home use a waterborne poly is a good choice, and I've also had fine results with Deft Clear Wood Finish, which is basically a brushable retarded lacquer.
The main thing is to get the sheen right, since there is no color. The varnish used by the cabinet finishers for ETI is more than likely a Satin.
(yes, many years ago I worked in a paint store...lol)