Putting clear lacquer on as a base vs sanding sealer is my preferred method since lacquer is so much easier to sand off if ever a refinish is needed again in the future.
Plus it makes things SO much easier to sand back a mistake in the bursting/colouring without hitting the wood.
Here are a few shots while it was curing in our warm spring sun.
Cured for 1.5 hours (below), VERY slightly soft if you press on it but hard enough to wet sand with 400 grit.
Will check it tomorrow to see if there are any pores or raised grain. If not she will be ready for her 1st coat of yellow/amber. =D