This was my first Lava blank too. This really did turn liked butter (almost spread it on my toast ) The blank is opaque. I did add several coats of CA. The cap I used Mercury Flex and the lower barrel, I used Gluboost (I just happen to grab the other CA; I did you the appropriate accelerator for each). For the life of me I can't get away with using as little GB accelerator as others state and demonstrate. I own 4 humility and temperature measuring devices (which I bought just to solve this mystery) , two different brands. The humidity ranges from 40 to 45% in the winter and 50 to 55% in the summer in my shop. Anyway, most of my clients are women and thought this would be easier for them to handle than the Jr Gents. Have a great day!