This is just the basic finish, not the extra cost hand rubbed glossy finish.\n\n\nThis also came from there. It explains the 12 - 15 number.\n\n\nWe shoot about three "wet" coats at a time (45 minutes apart). Then wait a day or two and sand. Repeat...repeat...and repeat until they are ready for final topcoat. Yes, it takes a lot of labor and time (about a month total in the normal swing of things). \n\nMost speaker companies shoot conversion varnish and do it all in a single day. But the results are not at all the same. \n\nI had a small spray can of matte pre-cat lacquer given to me by a touch up guy at work. My understanding of the chemistry here isn't at all developed but I liked everything about it.