Well, I hope I haven't messed up. I did rub in a high gloss poly got the first cost, and then I see here how many are suggesting a satin finish. When an ole cottonmouth crawls out o the water, it is glossy and shiny. Now if it lays around in the sunshine for a while, it will dry to the dull shade of its natural colors. And of you will Google images of the cottonmouth, they do have a range of colors. Many folks think they're just a matte black when dry. I do appreciate all your help and suggestions, and hope I've not messed this one up by going with a gloss finish. Thanks....! I don't know why it's loading the pics sideways....?