This is an old furniture set, originally from New York, and has suffered many dents and bruises throughout several moves and some lengthy periods of storage. Indeed, we had already re-finished the furniture once -30 years ago- and were uncertain whether it was worth the money to bring it back from its old, tired state. It was! The suite looks as though it was new and, as you said it would, it is much more heat- and -scratch resistant than it was previously.
So thanks! I will recommend you to my friends as a craftsman as good as his word!