The Stits cost is not bad for what it claims. I saved $30 using Clear Coat; whopping $30. I was experimenting but the Stits is a better deal for the money. When it comes down to it, are you willing to ruin your project for saving $30. That's where airplane conservative has to come into play. Looks good is great for furniture, at 5000 ft I need to know it's as good as it can be. The Stits is worth it.