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Old 11-26-2014, 04:32 PM   #21
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Well. 500 is ok as long as it was only one trip and a partial day at that. If it was multiple trips i woulda lost my shorts.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:16 PM   #22
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Well. 500 is ok as long as it was only one trip and a partial day at that. If it was multiple trips i woulda lost my shorts.
I went a little crazy with the sanding, It should have taken me 3 hrs tops with prep and first coat, instead I sanded and changed grit sanded more changed grit and sanded more (first day on it took me 5-6 hrs). Originally I estimated 2 coats. Today our 3rd day working in this home I applied a 3rd coat. The 3rd coat was exactly what it needed. Smooth as a babies arse and a nice sheen.
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The contractor swung by today (figures I ran for coffee) and he loves the way it came out. He has 3 huge homes he is building and the kitchen counter tops will be Zebra Wood, He told the HO to tell me the next ones are ours. Hopefully we can get the rest of the house to paint as well.
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Man cd, came out awesome looking. Hard work pays off right? I.e. more future work. Good thing you sanded it and put a little more extra work in on the first one. Keep it up, beautiful wood and finish!

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The contractor swung by today (figures I ran for coffee) and he loves the way it came out. He has 3 huge homes he is building and the kitchen counter tops will be Zebra Wood, He told the HO to tell me the next ones are ours. Hopefully we can get the rest of the house to paint as well.
Next time, charge a little more than 500.... If your going to put that much work into it. Remember not every 'painter' can stain, and top make it look nice and even that puts you above a lot of other contractors that dabble in it. It's a specialty, so charge for it, abd give that same quality every time
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Next time, charge a little more than 500.... If your going to put that much work into it. Remember not every 'painter' can stain, and top make it look nice and even that puts you above a lot of other contractors that dabble in it. It's a specialty, so charge for it, abd give that same quality every time
It is extremely rare for us to see exotic woods like this. Mahogany, Cherry and most of the common woods we see.

After talking with the HO she wasn't happy so I knew I had to make it right.

Next ones will get the same exact TLC I gave this one.

As for "every painter can stain" Some should not even attempt to stain. I was glad he put it on so thin and not heavy with brush marks. I know there is a heck of a lot more to staining than just opening a can and slapping it on, matching colors is tricky, mixing colors to match some thing existing I could but never have yet.

This same house we were asked about matching a floor stain to put onto new thresholds. I found 2 that are close, I'm going to attempt to mix a couple to match the old flooring. It may go good, it may go south who knows.
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Here it is. Sanded with 120 & 150 grit, the latex stain came off so easy. I spent another 2-3 hrs prepping this with power tools and sanding by hand. Applied 2 coats of an oil clear (I never used it before and forget the brand, I will look tomorrow), hand sanded with 300 grit between coats. Done with a china bristle brush.
The carpenter said he uses this type of wood a lot on his projects. Hopefully we can do more like this.







Beautiful work Dave.

I'm not knocking you, but it never cease to amaze me the incompatible design choices made in some homes. I was fully expecting this to be in a contemporary setting, not a traditional, cottage type of home.
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