I have been asked to quote for what would be my first hand-painted kitchen job.
The customer had bought some F & B eggshell to do it themselves but I think they have realised what is involved.
I have been reading for some time now all the regular email updates from TP plus the details on the forum and the blogs belonging to all the TP specialists. As I would like to submit a professional looking quote plus a breakdown of all the steps required plus materials and equipment needed I have listed below what I hope is correct:
- Mask off worktops and floor with 1200 lining paper, standard masking tape and scotch edge lock tape.
- Clean/degrease all surfaces to be painted with KrudKutter Original and Mirka Mirlon pads.
- Remove doors and drawer fronts taking care to number each one.
- Sand down doors and drawers using abranet hand sander attached to Henry vac. Sand door and drawer profiles, end panels, cornices, pelmets, kick boards with Mirka Gold pads.
- Vac off and wipe down with Axus pro-finish tack cloths.
- Apply first coat of Otex primer tinted to F & B Elephant’s Breath.
- When dry de-nib then fill any gaps and holes with Fat Hog fine filler with a knife to maintain sharp edges and profiles. When filler has dried sand down with Mirka Gold pads then vac and wipe down with tack cloths.
- Apply second coat of tinted primer.
- When dry de-nib, vac off and wipe down with tack cloths.
- Apply first top coat of Empire Eggshell with Fox Mini Velvet roller tipped off with The Fox laying off brush (various sizes).
- When dry de-nib and apply second top coat.
- Re-hang all doors and drawers.
- Remove lining paper and tape then a final clean and tidy up.
1200 lining paper
Standard masking tape and Scotch Edge Lock tape.
Mirka Mirlon pads
Abranet Abrasive Sheets
Mirka Gold Pads
Axus Pro-Finish Tack Cloths
Fox Mini Velvet Rollers
Fox Laying Off Brushes
Selection Of Small Artists Brushes
Otex Primer Tinted To Match Finishing Coat (F & B Elephants Breath)
Otex Primer Aerosol For Hard To Reach Areas Tinted As Above
Empire Eggshell (Tinted To Match F & B Elephants Breath)
I have told the client to forget the F & B paint and that I can get a high adhesion primer and either a water-based or oil-based top coat to match the F & B Elephant’s Breath colour exactly. I’m not sure whether to go with the oil based Empire or suggest Feelings for the top coat. Any recommendations would be welcome.
Would anyone suggest I use any other brush for tipping off than a Fox?
There are 28 wooden doors and 8 drawers. Not sure what type of material but it’s not high quality just a mass produced kitchen installed on a typical new housing estate. Rather than 2 coats of Otex would I be better off applying a coat of Zinsser BIN first, then a coat of tinted Otex followed by 2-3 top coats?
How much primer and top coat will I need for this amount of doors/drawers? I notice that the Otex and Empire come in 3 litre tins. Would 1 x 3l tin of each be sufficient?
I haven’t got a Deros or Festool sanding/extraction system yet but would probably invest in a Flex palm sander if I get this job and then upgrade to the professional kit later. Can the Flex sander be attached to my Henry or do you just use the small bag that’s attached?
I would however get an Erecta Rack as this seems an essential piece of kit that I would get plenty of use out of.
I know that a standard method of pricing for kitchen painting is £100 per door but as this is my first possible job and I am really keen to get it I will probably just work out a quote on my day rate + materials as I think this will be more in line with the clients budget. I have estimated that it will take me 8-10 days. Does that sound about right?
Sorry for the long post and all the questions but I am excited about the prospect of doing a hand-painted kitchen and want to get everything right to give me the best chance of securing the work