Our kitchen cabinets have a lacquer finish which, after 5 years, is starting to look a little worse for the wear in a few areas (especially around the sink where water gets splashed on the wood).
I have tried touching up w/ spray-on lacquer, but that only lasted for a while. So what I'd like to do is apply a coat of varnish to give a more durable finish. However, I do not want to have to strip all of the cabinets first (there are a lot of them!).
My question is - What type of varnish (or something else?) will work over lacquer? Most of the varnish cans say "Don't do it". But they also say don't put varnish over shellac, and George Grotz (The Furniture Doctor) not only says it's OK, but strongly recommends varnish over shellac. Since I've had good luck with his other info, I tend to discount the warnings on the varnish cans. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any mention one way or the other about putting varnish over lacquer.
I tried a test area about 2 months ago (after sanding lightly, of course), and it still looks fine, but 2 months isn't exactly a long time in terms of finishes.
Any ideas how this will work, or what I should do to get a good, long term finish without having to strip the lacquer?