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Is poly just as good of a finish for higher end kitchen cabinets as sprayed lacquer? I think that durability is the deciding factor in this case. I'm considering a gel poly applied with a cloth, so brush strokes, drips and dust shouldn't be issues. Appearance should also be a consideration, of course. The material is unstained cherry. I understand that poly is thicker, but when applied with a cloth it should be much thinner than with a brush. It would take some time to do this by hand, but I think the price and convenience of it would outweigh. I don't think I'd be comfortable spraying in my small attached shop, nor do I have any equipement. I'd also like to avoid carting my precious work around town. I guess hand applied lacquer would also be an option, if it would dry quickly. Any opinions at all?