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Forum topic by LostHasher posted 12-20-2015 12:32 AM 678 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2015 12:32 AM

—This thread is awesome because I’m not going to ask a question.
—This thread is also awesome because I’m not going to whine about the fact that I just put the final coat of satin poly on a “client’s” refinished end table, and now his wife wants gloss.

Instead, I’d like to humbly give all of you a set of parameters, and allow you the glorious opportunity to brag about YOUR solution.

Parameter 1: The table is gorgeous. A couple tiny bubbles and bits of dust to buff out somehow. You, the refinisher, researched every single step… for hours and days… strippers, sanding, staining, finishing. Totally paid off.

Parameter 2: To finish the table, you can only use oil gloss poly, foam brushes and 000 synthetic steel wool. OK, mineral spirits and rags if you need them. No waxes. No $50 unicorn-hair brushes.

Parameter 3: You have to get this to your client in four days. He knows it’s going to be curing way after Christmas, and that he might not even be able to put on the hardware right away. This means, in theory, you can give him the satin table if it needs to cure for a week or two before the Buffing of the Bubbles and Gloss Application occur.

Parameter 4: You can’t tell your client it’s too late for gloss. You know that gloss over satin will be “glossy enough.” You hate foam brushes. You firmly believe synthetic steel wool is subpar. But these are your parameters. Good luck everyone.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 02:20 AM

OK, writing that down helped.

I’m going to knock the satin down a bit with 320 grit and add one coat of gloss. (I know, sandpaper wasn’t included in the original parameters.) He’ll get it in three days.

Already let him know my plans. Once it cures enough, I can use the synthetic steel wool to buff out any imperfections. And the forced wait will give me time to find some non-wax thing to rub on top of it.

This will end up in My Projects sooner or later. You’ll get the whole story. It’s like a soap opera.

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 02:00 PM

One of the many reasons I don’t do things for others is situations like this. I would politely t3ell the client it’s too late to do that within the parameters described….sorry!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 04:05 PM

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine”

“Done Right,
Done Quick,
Done Cheap,
Pick Two”

“Sounds like you got a lot of dollars and not a lot of sense”

Some useful quotes to help when the client drives you nuts.
When they change the job, you change the bill.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 05:00 PM

Change orders cost.
Sand for a tooth,add gloss,Have in writing and signed that the finish will be drying (the way i read it,is it will be in their possession)and any damage to the finish is on them.(you know something will get set on it making rings,and they will blame you).

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 03:56 PM

Gently sanded the imperfections off the first three (thin satin) coats.

Did one coat of gloss on the tabletop last night, in an unused/relatively dust-free room of the basement. Checked on it this morning… looks fantastic. Glosstastic, perhaps.

Doing the rest of the pieces in a few minutes… will keep the room warm and should have everything to him tomorrow. Now if I can just remember to TAKE PICTURES before handing it off.

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