Delacquer. The removal of existing lacquer before further reprocessing, usually in refinishing. Old lacquer is removed by immersion in a solvent: acetone is best, but alcohol, or turpentine can be used. Lacquer should only be removed for good reason, as uneven, unsightly, or for refinishing of a medallic item. No lacquer should be removed unless a fresh coating of lacquer is reapplied to protect this surface.Caution: These chemicals are highly flamable and can cause skin irritation over prolonged exposure. Use these solvents, particularly acetone or alcohol, with care in a well-ventilated area.
excerpted with permission from
An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology
For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor