I just did two heavy coats. I covered it in one coat actually. I was ready to handle in an hour and it should be fully cured in a week or so. I was shooting it the next day. It didnt seem to soak up quite the way just auto clear does. It acts more like the gorilla glue. Just kinda seals it. I am actually thinking of trying to clear over it to see if it works fine. I like the finish now. But if I could find a shortcut to sealing and shooting them then I would have to buy more wood! If you handle it, it sure acts like it made an armour coating on the wood. I really want to just leave it the way it is. If I can have wood with out dings I would use more of it. Anyone who knows me knows I put alot into building a gun, but not so much into protecting it when hunting. They end up like me.......Pretty beat up. Is it as nice as you thaught. The color I mean? Go beavers eh? I like it. Thank you much Joel.