I have that Minwax wipe-on poly, but either I'm not doing it right or maybe someone has another idea on a super high gloss finish idea that's kinda basic. I want to stay away from spray cans cuz I drip and run no matter what I do. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I know you said no spray cans but have you ever tried Deft spray laquer.....real good stuff. Been using it for many years now on my builds and bridges. Nice hard protective finish, comes in clear and satin. Dries fast and you can apply a second coat in minutes.
Unfortunately, I have never found a super high gloss finish to be a simple process. The basics of it are using a finish that dries very hard, applying a sufficient number of coats so you don't sand through, and using micromesh to sand with.
I'm guessing that you're not spraying right with the spray cans. You need to spray in a straight line, starting off the piece, and then extending past the piece. Keep the can at a consistent distance from the piece and moving at an even pace. Overlap the lines somewhat to get even coverage. You should practice on scrap material first to get a good feel for it.
The book, Guitar Finishing Step By Step, available from Stewart MacDonald's is an excellent resource: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Books,_plans/Building_and_repair:_Finis...