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Engraving already finished work

I have a piece (figured maple woodturned platter) that already has a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil and 4 coats of wipe on poly. I have a request by a customer to engrave a saying into it. What are the issues of engraving a piece that is already finished. Can I do it?

I just did an engraving job for a friend on an oil-finished acacia cutting board, and I had no trouble with the finish. I don’t know about the poly, but I’d be interested in what you find out.