What is the best way to apply wood lacquer?

Water-based wood lacquers are very easy to apply. They are low odour and easy to work with in small spaces or confined areas. Solvent-based lacquers are also relatively easy to apply. Some however have a very strong smell and should only be used in well ventilated or open spaces to allow for the fumes to dissipate and escape. Care should be taken when applying a water-based lacquer over a water-based stain or a solvent-based lacquer over a solvent stain to avoid dragging of the colour. Apply the first coat thinly and carefully, subsequent coats can then be applied in the normal way.