Al, I just wiped it on with a paper towel. First few coats soaked in and looked dull after drying. Last 2 coats looked really good. I had an issue with runs in the finish. Had to keep sanding it and putting more coats on to fix it. I ended up putting 8 coats on with a light sanding between each one. Let it sit over night to dry. Sometime longer. Took me almost 2 weeks to finish this call. I was in no hurry though.