You are confusing products. There is Awlwood and Awlgrip.
Awlgrip has a traditional varnish product, Awlspar and Awlbrite. I have not used them. They also have their pigmented lines.
Awlwood is an Awlgrip product that is similar to Imron, an airplane and industrial coating. I think Awlgrip bought the Awlwood product and relabeled it.
Awlwood's first step is a single stage epoxy, in clear, yellow, red, or whatever you want to mix. The rest of the coats are water clear but can be tinted with the primer.
I have not seen a varnish as clear as Awlwood, and it's definition is incredible.
I brush and spray it.
Start small and learn it's quirks. You can go to " grandbankschoices", and see what I have done, but you have to dig back to see my first attempts.
It can be touched up. It also comes in a Matt finish. It can be wet sanded and buffed back to perfect.
Awlwood is an isocynate product, and can lift varnished if recoated, do experiment if not bare wood.
My compass and sign boards look like they are incased in glass. I love this stuff.
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