I got a tip from a fellow that uses ipe a lot. Ipe, being oily, doesn’t take finishes well. So he puts a coat of lacquer on first.
What he told me was that the new lacquers are more flexible than old formula’s and will thus handle bow flex. It also doesn’t seem to make ink bleed.
So I tried it. I put a coat of lacquer over the writing, and then used poly as usual. It worked well. And it seems to give the poly a better feel and deeper look.
Who’d a thunk.