My take on lacquer:
Spraying is the preferred method of application.
It is available for brush application.
It can develop into layer that has significant thickness.
I use it to coat timber patterns from my printer.
Three coats produces a pattern that is similar to having the patterns printed on Mylar.
I have over come my compulsion and only apply one coat now.
It dries fast and a repeat coat can be applied after 2 hrs when brushed. Spray may have a shorter time.
The solvent is an irritating gemisch of organic chemicals. There is a "green" version of lacquer thinner, but I
do not find it any less obnoxious that the standard tinner. While a mask may protect against airborne material,
when sprayed. it will not protect from the solvent vapors. They are a gas as is air. If you can breathe thru the
mask, the solvent vapor will also get thru. You need a separate air supply when spraying or good ventilation
I think shellac, and the oils like Tung and linseed form much thinner layers.
The problem I have with lacquer is the finish is too thick on a model, it is usually too glossy and would have a model
looking like a toy instead of a subtle piece of art.