Yet again I'm going public with the vast extent of my ignorance, this time having to do with nitrocellulose lacquer. A few months ago I started making custom pickguards for Teles and Strats from five plies of fine veneer; I've got the process down, and the results are beautiful -- I've started selling them to very happy buyers. I've been using six coats of hand-rubbed polyurethane as a finish, and have been very pleased. Now, prompted by one of my postings on ebay, I've got a guy sending me some olivewood veneer to make a pickguard for his Strat, with the olivewood on top. Here's my problem and my plea for help: the guy would like me to finish the pickguard with nitrocellulose lacquer. I have no equipment or skill or facilities to spray the lacquer, so I've been experimenting with applications by hand. I'm getting close, but not fully there. Is there any good way to apply nitrocellulose lacquer without spraying -- and without brushing (tried a brush; terrible results)? Can this be done, or should I bag the effort and stick with the poly?