restoring/preserving decals beneath shellac

From: Mike Taraszki
Date: 11 Apr 1999
Time: 01:28:04
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I have a spool cabinet with what looks like a shellac finish and very difficult-to-read decals on the drawer fronts. I'd like to clean the drawer fronts to make the decals more readable and I am tempted to remove the overlying finish in a way that will not harm the decals. I've tried soapy water (Murphys' oil soap) and rubbing alcohol (carefully) but I can't seem to get the decal letters to show through the grime. Any ideas?