We have four Hekman tables from their Copley Place Collection (photos attached). We've had them for awhile and the tops are showing hazing, fine cracking, and some light scratches.
I contacted Hekman and was told the finish is nitrocellulose lacquer.
Researching nitrocellulose lacquer on the Internet I found that it should be easy to repair, though most of the references I found had to do with musical instruments such as guitars, and the repairs were small in comparison.
I'm a pretty handy person and am thinking of doing it myself since it is just the tops that need attention. The veneers and marquetry inlays below the lacquer are undamaged.
From what I've read so far it seems that spraying a suitable lacquer/solvent mixture will cause the existing finish to soften, re-bond to the wood, eliminate the hazing and fill in the scratches at the same time. Then some polishing after it dries.
Has anyone tried this before and what was your experience?