I used some of the Manchester Guitar Tech lacquers for my sunburst Tele4 project. I don't know where he's sourcing the stuff but in my experience there's a lot of solvent and not a lot of solids in the cans. I used most of a can of amber to get a decent shade on the maple top, a whole can of red for the 'burst and two cans of clear for the whole guitar. I thought that would be fine but the stuff has gone on so thin it has rubbed through in the flatting (with 2000 wet/dry) and polishing! That's four cans at £15 each, a total of £60 ($120). I have also found that a friend of mine experienced the same thing on his Strat body finished in metallic turquoise. I am now trying to find a stockist of Trimite Clear Gloss Lacquer in aerosols since the place I bought it previously (for finishing my Tele3 and 30th Anniversary acoustic) doesn't stock it anymore. I will have to go over the Tele4 with a product that I know and trust to build up a decent finish. If I'm going to spend that sort of money to finish one guitar I'll be better off in the long run to buy a compressor and spray gun!
I've found out that Behlen now have their own distribution in Europe. Their Musical Instrument Lacquer is available in aerosols for about £9.50 but only limited colours (clear, brown, amber). Also do "normal" nitro-cellulose lacquers in aerosols for £7.50 a can. Postage is OK in UK but steep for other countries if placing a small order. Of course they do large quantities if you have spray equipment. :)
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I believe Gibson uses only six coats to keep it thin :)
Gibson (Kalamazoo) used to drop a heater in a 45 gallon drum of lacquer (to make it thinner) and spray it straight onto the guitar! Even working in a warm environment and heating the spray cans in a bucket of hot water doesn't alter the fact that there's more solvent than lacquer in the aerosols.
The Behlen stuff is better than MGT and half the price!