Oak Table Top

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I just received a oak table top in for a small damage to the top for repair. I tested the finish with acetone on my finger and it dosen't move. I can do the repair not the problem, but after I scuff up the finish will nitro- cellouse lacquer bond to the top? The table is from the 80's. Any suggestions?
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If acetone doesn't remove or soften the finish, then it's not a lacquer finish. If it's not a lacquer finish, then the finish is a harder, more durable finish than lacquer. That being the case:
1) It's not a good idea to put a softer finish over a hard finish,
2) Why are you using lacquer
3) If you do use lacquer, I'd test in some inconspicuous spot first to ensure compatibility
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is there a way to tell what type of finish is on it?
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Use a cotton swab and rub on an inconspicuous spot:
- use lacquer thinner or acetone. If lacquer, finish will come off or soften
- use denatured alcohol. If shellac, finish will come off or soften (it's unlikely that its shellac)
- if neither make finish come off or soften, then it's a poly or varnish type finish
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Thank You
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