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You almost certainly don't want to lacquer it. Given the wear on a mouthpiece it'd look crappy very quickly, would flake off in your mouth and, unless left unlaquered where the reed contacts, would probably screw up quickly in the table/ rails, tip area. That, as I understand it is where you're concerned in the first place.

Replating does just that; placing a microns thick layer of metal over whatever is there. "Microns thick" by and large means that if you can see a scratch or imperfection in the surface prior to replating with the naked eye you'll see it just about exactly as well afterwards. Ask anyone who tried to shortcut surface prep prior to plating.

I suppose you could polish/prep, reface and then plate- potentially refacing again after plating but you could probably buy the mouthpiece new for that and throw in a touch up reface on top.
 
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