Best finish over shellac for heavy use?

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Martha asked 10 years ago

I have a table from the 60s with a shellac finish. I would like to make it water resistant, but don’t want to strip it and lose the current stain. I’m not a big fan of polyurethane, only because it chips over time and cannot be repaired. What do you recommend? Can Tung or Danish oils be applied over shellac?

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Anonymous answered.

Both Tung oil and Danish oil are designed to soak into the wood surface so they won't do a good job. A varnish will stick to the shellac and will give you a water resistant surface. Choose a good tried and true varnish, talk to the salesperson at the paint store (a real paint store not a glorified hardware store) for recommendations.