So I'm not sure which way to go here. I'm gonna do my warmoth up in red. Normally i would stain it red, and do a clear, but i want a super glassy finish here.
I ordered some nitrocellouse laquer and red transtint dye. It can either be used as a stain or to tint the laquer.
What are the differances really? Which would be brighter?
It's my understanding that tinting the lacquer will give you a deeper finish, because light will have to travel through the tinted lacquer, bounce off the wood and then reflect back out through the tinted lacquer before reaching the eye. You'll likely get a more saturated colour that way.
I'd use light coats of dye on the wood to get to the saturation you want, and then maybe do a dark grain filler to give it some contrast. Also keep in mind that the nitro will also yellow slightly over time, which will also slightly increase the saturation of reds a bit.