You found out why I quit using Perma Gloss many years ago. It is a real pain to put the 5 or more coats on the rod when you have to allow 4 to 6 hours between coats. I have been using Flex Coat's Lite formula since it became available. Yes, it takes two coats with it to get a fine finish, but the end result is one that has far more depth to the finish that the thicker 2-part finishes.
Just remember to mix two smaller batches of it: one for the top section and another one for the butt section to keep in from getting too thick from setting up as you apply it. Then the next day do the same thing one more time. The resulting finish is impressive, and worth the extra day to achieve it.