Need help: lacquer vs. polyurethene
I have new maple cabs in my kitchen that were finished about six months ago with two coats of sealer and three coats of clear lacquer (low sheen). The finish looks great-nice and light, but I am getting water staining at the bottoms of the doors and drawers near the sink. Not that we are splashing water all over the place, but you know how it is: wet hands reaching for a towel, and voila, some drops of water settling at the bottom of the drawer or cab front. I guess the water has managed to seep through the lacquer and is bleaching/staining the wood.
Anyway, I called my finisher back, and he suggested re-applying three more coats of a higher sheen lacquer. I was thinking about re-finishing with 2 coats polyurethene. My goal is to have a thin finish so that the cabs don't look like they have a thick coat on the surfaces.
Question to you guys/gals: is it O.K. to use lacquer on kitchen cabs if they get a little wet, or should I just order the finisher to use polyurethene? Will I always have water problems with lacquer? I guess I prefer the color of lacquer because it is much clearer than poly which has a bit of yellow to it. But I am willing to compromise the color for longevity, if necessary.
Thanks, and sorry for the long rant.