Question on finish incompatibility on some wood cabinets
We have a vacation rental house out at the coast. It has a set of stained wood cabinets which are veneered plywood. With the pandemic the rental agent has “enhanced cleaning procedures” going in between stays which basically involves wiping alcohol or disinfectant or bleach or gawd knows what all over every doorknob switchplate handle and everything a person would touch in the place. Anyway this has been particularly hard on the cabinets – whatever they are using is busy dissolving away the finish and has got to the point around the knobs of the cabinets to beginning to bleach the stain right out of the wood.
I decided to try to do some quick repair to the worst of the cabinet doors (the ones with the most damage) I took the doors off, took the handles off, gave the fronts a quick wipe with lacquer thinner and then wiped over some stain that matched the existing stain close enough to get rid of the bleached areas around the handles. I let that sit a few hours then polished it off as best I could with a rag (seeing as how on some of the areas the stain was sitting on top of what was left on the original finish and on others where the finish had been dissolved it had soaked into the wood) Then I covered the doors with brush lacquer.
Apparently the lacquer was NOT compatible with whatever finish had been used previously as you can see by the pic I took of the doors after they had dried overnight.
Now I know that I can just either use stripper or just sand down through the finish and start over, but as I was looking around at the rest of the cabinet doors I realized how bad the rest of the lower cabinets ones are (as you can see in the one picture) so I now want to do all of them.
What I was wondering is if anyone has seen this kind of issue before and might have a guess as to what the cabinet doors were originally finished with. Obviously it was not lacquer. I have used this can of lacquer to finish off stained wood handrails in the house with excellent results and it was almost empty when I tried it on the doors so I’m not worried about buying another can of finish. Nor am I the slightest bit interested in peanut gallery solutions like paint. (painting over nice wood is a crime and those responsible need to be drawn and quartered IMHO) It would be handy to use a finish that would be resistant to whatever they are using to kill COVID as well. Thanks in advance!