I haven't had time to do a writeup on my overall bar build experience, but will in the near future... For the Etex lite route, all I can say is WOW!, did an initial skim coat, then about 36hrs later the flood coat was poured and it really came out great (only two bubbles needed to be popped right before the flood coat, no sanding involved, and those disappeared, its like your looking into a pool of water). It does have the consistency just like honey.
This was for an L shaped 8'x4' bar with 30" of total bar top space. Two gallons of Etex covers the drip rail, bar top, and was brushed over the Chicago bar rail (+1 for icicles as well, pretty easily trimmed off after the fact).
Used a torch on low to get the bubbles out of both coats, lots and lots of bubbles on the first coat that kept coming out for at least 2 hours (btw the cO2 in the torch pops the bubbles, not the heat, keep the flame moving....), 2nd coat had some bubbles, but not a ton (bar top was initially stained with MinWax Ebony 2718 to start with btw, dry time about 24-30 hours before Etex 1st coat).
Im not as happy with the finished product of my bar rails (rails themselves were excellent, Etex worked great over it, and it was just an oversight, not the end of the world rails themselves were not sanded enough, so there is some "texture" in the rail through the etex, again not the end of the world) - Most will not notice this, and I honestly LOVE my bar......
During each coat, even though the directions stated there was only about a 15-20 minute window to spread the stuff around, it actually was a good 35 min that "adjustments" were able to be made with no worries.
Very self leveling, only slight thing I noticed now that its fully cured is a slight bit of orange peel in some areas (hard for most to see except me), as well as very little divits that with the right light I can see, which is the space between the pennies on the bar only.... very hard to see those.
ETex was approx. 2 years old that I used, had been sitting on a shelf from the original bar that was supposed to be rebuilt back then but ran into contractor then other issues....
The Etex from my perspective worth every penny and highly recommended