Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Don't know what lacquer you used, but it usually doesnt have any odor after a few hours. I have sprayed lacquer and delivered it the next day. I have always had box trucks and the floors were carpeted. When moving a good size table to location, I would just spread a blanket on the carpet, lay the table face down on the blanket and unload at location. I would just tell the customer not to put it in heavy service for about a week but OK to use right away for casual service. No odor at all.
The OP's problem is that even after removing the Tung with a strong solvent, there will probably still be some tung oil residue that would require another few days before it can be re-coated with lacquer, pre cat or not. Lacquer dries and can be re-coated in 5 minutes. The problem is not with the lacquer, it's with the tung oil residue. If you rush the process, you might get a lacquer finish that would be soft for a very long time. Then again, maybe not, but it sure is a gamble. If rushed, you will have a mighty big mess.
If at all possible, you might get in touch with a refinishing shop They will be able to strip it and wash it down and you will be able to finish it the nest day.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx