Coffee table after polishing.
Finished with acid-catalysed lacquer, 90% sheen.
This fulfilled the client’s requirements. A/C lacquer is a cross-linking polymer. It cures chemically when the catalyst is mixed in, creating a non-reversible bond. This means that it isn’t affected by moisture, alcohols and most chemical solvents or heat (to a reasonable level e.g. hot coffee cups at 90C). Very practical in a household environment – and as I chose a 90% sheen lacquer it produced a high gloss finish.
Multiple coats, rubbed down between with 320 grit abrasive paper and a cork block. Leaves a flat surface that gives a true, clear reflection.