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Old 06-29-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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I picked up a job repainting some cabinets that the homeowner painted themselves with oil and no primer. They are terrible. There are drips and runs. I started sanding them and realized that they'd put the oil on so thick that it is still wet under the surface. This is causing it to spread like wet bondo on the sides of the doors. I have sanded like crazy and think the doors look pretty dang good for how terrible they were. But the edges of the doors are not as nice as I would like. There are some ridges and definitely don't look as good as the higher end doors I usually do. Fronts/backs look good. The only thing I could do to make them "perfect" is strip them completely and start over. This is not at all what I had planned for and is complete overkill for this quality of cabinet. The cabinets were rough...probably a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Thoughts?
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:56 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are already doing what needs to be done; a thorough cleaning and sanding followed up with a primer and then a good acrylic enamel, or even a redo with an oil. As you are discovering, the prep work involved in trying to get a DIY cabinet paint job back to a professional level can be substantial so hopefully, prior to getting the job, you discussed the level of finished product they expected to end up with and bid accordingly.
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Yup, biggest thing you've got to worry about is the homeowner's expectations. Not every job should be a 10/10- you've got to listen to what the HO wants and present them with options, and then aim for that goal. If you told them they'd be perfect, go for perfect. If you said you'd clean it up and get them looking decent, then just do what you did and finish up.
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In the future, one option is to produce a sample door based on your quote and get client approval. If they're not satisfied with the sample you can revise the quote and proceed.


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Tell them you've discovered how bad a job they really did and the price just doubled.
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Being they did such a poor job I would imagine a decent job by a pro will exceed their expectations.
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Primer makes everything better...
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