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04-26-2011 04:29 AM
From time to time in life I fall short of success. In some cases my attempts could be charactorized as failure. I recently accepted a job that involved large shelving unit 30’ long by almost 10’ tall. We run a small shop, I drew the job and my guy built it. Turned out a success on the build even considering the requested dimensions. I won’t bore dull details but just to say customer requested mdf with high gloss white paint finish. I built it in my shop, another contractor delivered to Dallas retail store, installed and I agreed to drive 5 hours north to spray unit out. That was my mistake. That paint job was beyond my ability. I had difficulty with paint dust settling into the finish causing a ruff feel, even giving texture to the finish. Then almost pulled it off but the requested poly coat went on uneven causing yellowing to be more in some areas then others. I fear a combination of inadequate equipment and insufficient talent/experience doomed me. I left Dallas as a total embarrassment and a failure. In hind sight I should have rolled the job, I believe it would have turned out much better. Also, in hind sight I should have just contracted the build and advised the customer to hire a paint crew to complete the finish. A lesson learned.
While I have had many successful jobs, I admit I have also failed from time to time.
So how do we deal with failure, or am I.one of the few who ever fail.
By the way we have a lot of success using clear lacquer as we tend to push natural finishes with our customers.
We do have a white kitchen coming up but they specifically requested hand applied because they want the hand crafted look with brush lines, etc…
Also, I left Dallas unsuccessful as I had worked hard at the job Thursday through Saturday and I did not want to miss Easter with my family, the helper who came with me had to be back and I received some mild, percieved as friendly encouragement to go ahead and leave. The workers who stayed, was not any of my guys, advised me they were going to sand the unit and then roll unit while using a “flowtroll????”additive that they said should give them a good finish.