Hi team, I'm going around in circles to come up with a good way to achieve a finish. So I'm making a body for a guy and its got a local white pine center piece with wings of black walnut. He wants to maintain/increase the colour contrast so I'm staining the walnut even darker. He is also wanting to maintain a natural wood look, so no grain filling, and a satin non-"flat glass" lacquer look. So I have a couple of issues that I'd like some advice on. 1. To prevent colour bleed onto the center piece from the walnut is it best to use a sanding sealer over that section to help the masking tape? Then any bleed can be scraped away? 2. To get the "natural" look, I was originally thinking about some sort of oiled finish (tung, Danish etc), but that will cause the center piece to go amber losing the colour contrast. So I was thinking about using minwax polycrylic urethane which is supposed to be "crystal" clear. I live in New Zealand, so our range of products are limited as compared to the US. 3. If I used the polycrylic which is water based, can I use it over some solvent based stain that I have which is the right colour, or shall I mix up some stewmac colortone stains in water to use? I was going to avoid using sanding sealing over the walnut to get a (hopefully) better grain enhancement. This is on the assumption that walnut will take the stain without going blotchy. So I'm fully intending to do some scrap practice, but want to know whether the polycrylic is worth shelling out for first! All advice is greatly appreciated, oh and here's a pic of a mock up of the body before doing the forearm/tummy/neck relief carves (sorry - non-tele content). The design was done by the guy I'm building it for, and it has grown on me especially with the carves!