I'm usually not keen on maple fretboards, but for a build I'm planning, it's 99.999999% likely the way I'll go. I could just go with a lacquer finish, but I'd really prefer the "bare wood" feel. Can I get away with a very minimal coating of lacquer? Any suggested lacquers? I'm leaning towards Behlen's Rock Hard Table Varnish.
How about lacquer over epoxy?
If I'm going with a film, then something like the Thor Epoxy
finish would be good. I've already experimented with multiple coats of epoxy and sanding down to 600 grit, and I like the feel, but how's the protection? If I did want to do something like the Thor Guitar Labs epoxy finish, what kinds would give sufficiently high build without being too soft?
Any other recommendations?