First .. i have refinished hundreds of pieces and have used grain
fillers , lacquer and once & a while poly . I use spray equipment .
I have a very huge antique oak buffet here now that someone had
refinished . Very professional strip job was done and stain color very
good. I cant tell what was used for a finish . Whatever it was it had to
be wiped on because it almost looks dry and nothing on the surface .
Beyond figuring out what that ?finish is my problem is the grain was not
filled at all and collects dust in the pits . This piece has massive
carvings all over it making it impossible to do any kind of grain
Are there any techniques these days to possibly do this without having
to strip it again .
My first thought was to clean it real good and apply repeated finish
till its better .. i cant rub out those carvings .