Now that you mention it, I use Wood and Water water-based gloss as a basecoat/sealer and to also sometimes carry my powders. Anyway, after sealing a fish a bit on the heavy side with this stuff once I noticed that it had quite the shine. In fact just as good as any of the lacquer based glosses. AND, I shot it from my Passche Single action with a #3 tip. Hands-down the best water based gloss for shine that I've ever used. I would recommend going to a touch-up gun though for anything bigger than a bass. It's not cheap, but again the best WB gloss I've ever used. P.S. I wasn't one of the "everyone's" that stated you could only spray WB over WB btw!