Just a quick follow-up on this topic.
Turns out you can't get Johnson's in Canada; at least not from what I can tell, and I wasn't about to pay $45 for a tin off Amazon +shipping.
After reading other woodworking threads in regards to the two, it seemed like they were pretty much identical, so I took the chance.
With my playfield stripped and cleaned as much as I was willing to go without burning through the paint, I applied a thin layer from top to bottom.
I followed the Tim Arnold hot wax method by letting it dry, then using a heat gun to melt it for even coverage. I guess the idea is that it opens the pores of the wood for deeper penetration. thatswhatshesaid
Then I scrubbed off the excess wax and did the whole process over for a second time.
First layer buffed
The second layer was easier than the first and covered up a few spots I missed the first time. As with any phone picture, they just don't give the justice, but you get the idea. The colors came back deep and rich, and the over all look is much cleaner than before. The results were amazing in my opinion, but a serious work out nonetheless. I'll be drinking beer with my left arm this weekend...